Hats off to Raj Thackeray. He is a true genius. He got away from his uncle’s party and everybody thought it was a suicide for him . But look the way he has survived. Today he is basking in glory of being soul well wisher of “Marathi Maanus” in general with a massive public support. One can’t deny the supremacy of his sheer ploy of hijacking one of Shiv Sena’s agenda. Bal and Uddhav Thackeray would be banging their head and grinning somewhere in the corner. That was one master-stroke from Mr. Raj in the filthy platform of rotten Indian politics. So undoubtedly he has increased his vote bank by playing partisan politics. And for Raj Thackeray , North Indian agenda had to happen as the Hindu- Muslim agenda was old , insipid and bland. He wanted something fresh. While North Indian card is not new as this was played few decades ago by his Uncle , but still it gives a vivid picture in the minds of Marathi people.
He says he is fighting for Marathi pride and betterment of Maharashtra state. Its noble thought. And who can have problem in such kind of fight. But how exactly Marathi pride is restored if we resort to ruthless battering of poor Biharis or UP’ites? How exactly Marathi pride is restored if all the shopkeepers write their sign boards in Marathi out of fear? Pride is inculcated. It is not thrust upon. How exactly Marathi pride is restored if Marathis outside Maharashtra start getting physically abused by people of other state? This is extremely folly of him and depicts a deranged state of mind. Insanity at its apogee.
I am not sure how much he or his followers are educated. But I wish I could get few basic questions answered by Raj Thackeray or his followers. What is his exact contribution to state to Maharashtra till date? I see him on television for every trivial issue. Either he is dictating his norms about Marathi language in signboards or his hatred towards North Indians, or he will be spewing venoms against the Bachchans. So what is his contribution really? Did we hear anything from him about the farmers who are committing suicide in Maharashtra? What plans he actually have for slum rehabilitation in Mumbai? What about the thousands of homeless people in Mumbai? How does the current financial condition across the globe impacts Maharashtra and what plans he has for the betterment of the people/state/economy in case the state is hit severely. I am sure neither he nor any of his supporters would have any answers for these questions. I am even sure few would be even scratching their head over the last questions. And that’s the reason I call him genius. In short span, without having any core issue, he has made big strides. I am not kidding when I say Bal Thackeray would be grinning in some corner.
Raj Thackeray is no different than any other politician who looks for fake agendas to incite people and garner support from masses. And we masses have always failed to realize the true spirit behind these agendas. Many Hindu organizations such as VHP and Bajrang Dal has been vociferous on “Cow slaughter” but few realize that in India the maximum death of cows happens because of cows eating plastics or polythenes from trash. Never saw these parties actually raising anything related to waste management or strengthening voice against use to polythenes. Lalu Yadav called Raj a “mental case”. For a change he is right. But see who’s talking here. It’s Lalu Yadav, the man who ruled Bihar for 15 years and actually put the entire development into a standstill. Part of the blame for this menace actually goes to the leaders of Bihar and UP for this menace. Both the states are in shambles. For half a century, their leaders have been bullshitting and we have seen hardly any progress there. No wonder people migrate to other states for work. And this migration is bound to cause some ripples. Continuous migration causes pain to everybody. Whether its Bangladeshis in India, or Biharis/UP’ites in Mumbai or as a matter of fact Indians in America.
Well Raj Thackeray got what he wanted. He got enough footage in national television. He sure got to divide people based on their region as dividing people based on religion was already a successful mission of his elders. Few morons who are agnostics of his greater plans will go ahead and make him their hero not realizing the fact that you don’t preserve Marathi culture by mulling few North Indians. Marathi is a great culture and no one doubts that. It deserves all respect from all section of people who live in Mumbai or Maharashtra but we need to be wary of fake caretakers of this language.