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Constructive Names, Destructive Ambitions

November 10, 2009 Leave a comment

MNS is in the news again, and no marks for guessing, it is for the wrong reasons; this time for assaulting a minister for taking oath in Hindi (instead of Marathi) during the swearing in ceremony. Bereft of constructive principles or ideology, the party has consistently resorted to shock politics, taking perverted pleasure, like a street corner stripper, at their capacity to offend and intimidate. They have gone about vandalizing shops selling Valentine’s day cards, forcing abject apologies out of movie directors and beating up immigrants to vindicate their phenomenal Marathi jingoistic fixation.

The existing structures need to be pulled down before reconstruction. Seen in that light, MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) antics are fully justified. Before they can undertake reconstruction, i.e. navnirman of Maharashtra, the existing secular, democratic structures have to be destroyed. MNS succeeded in securing 13 seats during recent elections to the Maharashtra assembly. Their burgeoning support base indicates a widening popular support to their barbaric vision.

The extent of harm destructive ideologies if allowed unchecked can impart to the social fabric of the country is recognized by everyone. Even though yesterday’s outrage by MNS have been condemned by political parties across the country, the approach of the ruling party of Maharashtra have been conciliatory. There are times when spoilt brats are indulged with. But they are restrained before they go overboard, for their own good. MNS need to be similarly tethered before the self destructive political road map they have adopted brings harm to them as well as innocent bystanders.

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Bombay, Oops, Mumbai Masala…

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

On 3rd October, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief demonstrated the extent of his magnanimity to the world. He absolved the remorseful Karan Johar, of committing the heinous crime of calling “Mumbai”, “Bombay” in his recently released movie, “Wake Up, Sid”.

The act evidenced to all that despite his belligerent and acrimonious exterior, Mr. Raj Thackeray harboured a mellow heart, ever overwhelmed at the slightest hint of repentance. Kudos to Karan too, for as soon as the spiritual and financial implications of his transgression dawned on him, he rushed to Mr.Thackeray to register abject apologies.

It was a historical triumph for Ahimsa, for non violence, a day after the nation celebrated Gandhi Jayanti. Till yesterday, MNS ruthlessly attached job seekers from Bihar, wrecked shops selling Valentine day cards and broke a few limbs here and there to get their message across. Little did we realize that it was all in the noble cause of preserving our spiritual heritage and to deliver us from the anglicized demons that prostituted our sacred names? MNS, by subscribing to detachment, the overarching Indian philosophical mantra, had consistently dissociated itself from such trivial preoccupations like farmer suicides and drought.  They humbly aspired that Maharashtra, especially Mumbai (!!), remained exclusively for Marathi Manoos and that no one ever dared to utter the word, Bombay.   Thus, the MNS chief, by dismissing the misconduct with and indulgent reprimand, underscored the commitment of MNS to rebuild Maharashtra, as an egalitarian, vibrant and tolerant, Ramarajya.   

So, “Wake Up, World”, refrain from the obvious conclusions. This is not an instance of a political hooligan extracting his pound of flesh from a gutless film maker. Look beyond. Endeavour to understand the cosmic significance of the encounter. And if you cannot get that into you, we know how to shove Mumbai down your throat.

Categories: Musings