The Thackeray clones are fighting to show who is more viciously pro-Marathi and ‘anti-outsider’.
The heir apparent, Udhav Thackeray, has promised to ‘parcel’ outsiders who come to Mumbai for jobs and send them out in cargo planes.
This came shortly after the original agent provocateur, Raj Thackeray, reiterated his views about how hateful it was that North Indians were “forming groups” and were insensitive to Marathi culture. I have no doubt that if he had his way, anyone who disagreed with his views would likely be banished or buried deep under.
So now two parties are competing to be more hateful and insular. Apparently, this is the easiest and most practical way to get popular votes.
Shame on the public for creating these minor monsters! What else can we expect from them, when they voted to power the same people that slaughtered hundreds of Muslims in 1992? Of course, the Muslim parties were responsible in no small measure for the tragedy.
For outsiders who don’t understand this issue, read about the Shiv Sena.