Thursday, March 4, 2010

Politics of hate !!!

The events unfolding in Maharashtra are well known to everyone. The Thackeray cousins are in a war of one-upmanship to "prove" that they are the "real saviours" of the Marathi language & the Maharashtrians.

I have a few Maharashtrian friends, a more appropriate description would be, my Indian Friends born & brought up in the state of Maharashtra. I am pained by their "complete, blind & unstinted support" to the violent & illegal ways of the Thackeray cousins. I just can't imagine as to how they justify innocent individuals being beaten up by 10 or more people for no fault of theirs. When I criticise the Thackerays, they feel that I am doing so because I am also an "outsider" (Really strange that I am being considered as an outsider in my own country).

I am equally critical of the tactics adopted by Mr.Karunanidhi in the 1970's. Due to his vehement opposition to Hindi, which is our national language, North Indians find Tamil Nadu a tough place to visit today as communication has become difficult (Living in a foreign country is easy than in Tamil Nadu for many of the North Indians). He also calls himself as the "saviour of tamils". What he did for the country, society & for his own "families" is well known. His sons, daughter, nephew all enjoy minister posts.

What is a language? It's a tool to communicate; express our feelings. Having a national language integrates our nation. It gives freedom for a citizen to travel to any part of the country without any problem.

The "act" of the Thackeray cousins has an international term. It is called "protectionism". US President Barrack Obama is also a "protectionist". He is against "outsourcing" as it leads to "flight of jobs to outsiders". I don't have any complaints on Obama as he does his job in a legal manner. He reduces the H1B visas, imposes penalty on companies which outsource jobs, etc. Imagine if the Indians are being roughed up by the Democrats in US as is happening in Australia!!!

What the Thackerays are doing is something similar to what is happening in Australia. Mr.Udhav Thackeray criticises the Australians for beating up the Indians. But, his own party men are doing the same thing in our own country!!! What is the difference?

I have no complaints if the Thackerays pursue their "policies" in a legal manner. Let them announce in their election manifesto that if they are voted to power, then they will start a "permit regime" for entering Mumbai. Let them pass such a bill in the Assembly & make it legal, if they are voted to power. Then, I won't have any complaints. But, what they are doing now is definitely illegal & against national integrity.


  1. Anand what about those Indian citizens who started businesses and bought property in Maharashtra but were never warned that in the coming years they would be required to have a Marathi surname?

    I can already sense how unwilling 'outsiders' are to come and settle in Maharashtra anymore. Bombay will become Calcutta. I remember there was time when we used to hear, 'Bombay, Madras, Calcutta and Delhi' as Indian four large metros, today it is Mumbai (maybe not for long), Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, even Gurgaon and NOIDA are growing and if North Indians can't go to Bombay then in the next few years they will contribute to the growth of the NCR and Hyderabad... I hope this does not happen, I hope we see India as a huge country where each one of us can settle down without any difficulty in any part...

  2. First, I am not saying that Mumbai should have a permit regime. I am also for "Mumbai for all".

    As opined by you in your above link, when SRK is entitled to have an opinion (even if it is not appropriate), how come you say that the Thackerays cannot have an opinion at all? Why the Thackerays should be "forced" to accept that "Mumbai is for all"? What the Thackerays are doing is for the city, language & culture, or just for the sake of politics is a different story. But, they too, as Indians, are entitled to have an opinion on the migrants issue & suggest a solution for that. What I say is, they should try to implement their suggestion in a democratic way...

  3. I agree Anand. Everybody does have a right to having an opinion...

  4. may be thackeray should take his "mahrastrisim" to the less known places districts in Maharashtra - aurangabad, jalna, jalgaon, ratnagiri, satara, nanded, nashik etc etc .

    what did they do for the cotton growers in vidharba.
    irrigation is a problem to water scarce regions like osmanabad and its surrounding villages - what did the shiv sena do?

    why do they not provide funds in promoting paintings of the warlis - there are still many tribals living in maharashtra

    shiv sena should concentrate on things that will bring more than page 3 attention

    - help the farmers who are struggling on many fronts.
    - electricity should not be treated as a luxury, but a necessity.
    - public schools should be given constant attention and extra coaching to students who need additional help - thus helping to create dreams into actions
    -remove political hoardings (looks narcissitc) creating heritage places like ban ganga look more like a trash can

    it is easier for them to put more light on a city like bombay that has been growing since the past 200 years, but thoroughly forsaking and rejecting - towns and villages of places other than Mumbai.

    shame on you shiv sena