ममता- मनसे फॅक्टर

चला…. इलेक्शन आटोपलं.. गेल्या दोन महिन्यात उठलेला धुराळा आता शांत होईल . जे सगळे नेतेगण आज पर्यंत आपापल्या  रस्त्यावर आले होते, ते आज पुन्हा आपापल्या वातानुकूलित घरात , ऑफिसात परततील. जे जिंकले ते ढोल ताशाच्या गजरात घरी जातील, तर इतर हरलेले, आम्ही का हरलो? याची कारण मीमांसा करण्यासाठी बौद्धिक शिबिर घेतील.

या निवडणुकांचे निकाल काही ठिकाणी अपेक्षितच होते पण कांही ठिकाणी मात्र अगदी अनपेक्षितच होते. महाराष्ट्रा मधे भाजपा युतीचा पत्ता साफ होणार हे जगजाहीर सत्य होतेच. मनसेने खाल्लेली मराठी मतं, बरीच होती. तसेच , बाळासाहेबांच्या प्रकृती अस्वास्थ्याचा फायदा पण  झाला कॉंग्रेसला. उद्धव ठीक आहे, पण बाळासाहेबांसारखे चार्म त्याच्या मधे नाही.बाळासाहेबांच्या सारखी मॅग्नेटिक पर्सनॅलिटी उद्धव मधे नाही. म्हणूनच बाळासाहेबांच्या भाषणाच्या व्हिडीओ ला जितक्या   टाळ्या मिळाल्या तितक्या उद्धव च्या भाषणाला   मिळाल्या नाहीत.

मनसेंच कोकरू आता बाळसं धरू लागलंय.राज ठाकरेंचे नेहेमी प्र मुख मुद्द्याला बगल देऊन, केलेली भाषणं मराठी तरुणांना आवडतात. तसेच, एखाद्याने त्यांच्यावर आरोप केला तर उत्तर न देता, प्रति आरोप करुन मुद्दा गारद करण्याचा त्यांचा हातखंडा खरंच वाखाणण्याजोगं   आहे.  मराठी माणसाचा मुद्दा त्यांना कमीत कमी मुंबईत तर भरपूर मते खाण्यासाठी उपयोगी ठरला.

पक्षाचं नांव महाराष्ट्र नवनिर्माण सेना.. पण त्यांचे मुद्दे इतके तकलादू आहेत की मुंबई वगळता उर्वरित महाराष्ट्रात त्यांच्या पक्षाला जास्त कांही ऍक्सेप्टअन्स मिळणार   नाही. हे माहिती असल्यामुळेच इतर भागात आपली माणसं उभी केली नाहीत. कालच नागपूर हून आलो, तेंव्हा एका मित्राला भेटलो नागपुरच्या. सहज बोलता बोलता विषय निघाला , तर तो म्हणाला, राज ठाकरेंनी आजपर्यंत म्हणजे पक्ष सुरू केल्या पासून कांहीच भरीव काम केलं नाही, मुंबई किंवा उर्वरित महाराष्ट्रा करता. मुंबईत काही भैय्या लोकाना मारणं आणि काही टॅक्सी फोडणं या पुढे त्यांनी केलं तरी काय?? मी पण क्षणभर विचार केला.. म्हंटलं खरंय.. तो म्हणाला, विदर्भातल्या शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या, किंवा विकासाचे इतर मुद्दे.. यावर राजे एकदा पण भाष्य केले नाही. त्यामुळे इतर महाराष्ट्रात त्यांच्या पक्षाला यश मिळणे सध्या तरी शक्य नाही. त्यांच्या उमेदवारांनी खाल्लेल्या मतांमुळेच आज आज राम नाइकांसारख्या माणसाला पराभव पत्करावा लागला. जर मनसे ने उभे केलेल्या उमेदवारांनी मतं खाल्ली नसती तर नक्कीच राम नाइक निवडून आले असते.

बाळासाहेबांच्या पर्सनॅलिटी चा जो एक चार्म आहे तो राज मधे पुरेपूर उतरलाय.   राज ची पर्सनॅलिटी निःसंशय क्राउड पुलिंग मॅग्नेटीक आहे. अगदी फालतू मुद्दा पण तो अगदी ताकदीने मांडतो की त्याला जनसमर्थन हे मिळतंच. बाळासाहेबांच्या प्रमाणेच भाषणामध्ये नकला करणे, यामुळे तो जे कांही बोलतो, ते त्याच्या टार्गेट ऑडियन्स पर्यंत पोहोचतं.

राज साठी हे लोकं कांहीही   करण्यास तयार आहेत. मनसेच्या आंदोलनात मध्यम वर्गीय मराठी  मुलं गेली आहेत जेल मधे, बरेच मुलं तडीपार झाली आहेत.कधी झाली?? आणि का झाली?? आणि त्यात मनसेचा संबंध काय?? असं म्हणता?? भैय्या लोकाना केलेल्या मारहाणीत अटक केलेल्या तरुणांमधे कनिष्ट मध्यम वर्गीय मुलं आहेत सगळी. अगदी तळागाळातील लोकांची मुलं, ज्यांनी टॅक्सी  फोडणे, राडा करणे, किंवा सिनेमा हॉल वर हल्ले करणे.. असे अनेप्रकार केले . नंतर सेफ्टी च्या कारणाखाली ह्या सगळ्या लोकांना  तडीपार करण्यात आले! एका अशाच मुलाचा बाप ( माझ्या नेहेमीच्या संपर्कातला आहे , पण नांव देत नाही) म्हणत होता, माझ्या मुलाचं आयुष्य खराब झालंय.. आता मुलाला कोंकणात पाठवलय . पोटाला चिमटा घेउन शिकवत होतो मुलाला, तर या मुलाने हे असे नसते उद्योग करुन ठेवलेत, आणि आता तडीपार झालाय. साहेब तुम्हीच सांगा माझा मुलगा गुंड आहे का असा तडीपार करायला? मी काय बोलणार?? कसंनुसं हसून वेळ मारुन नेली..

मनसे ला हे माहिती नव्हतं का- की आपण उभे केलेले कॅंडीडेट्स निवडून येणार नाहीत म्हणून?? हो अर्थात होतं.. मग का उभे केलेत हे कॅंडीडॆट्स? अगदी साधं उत्तर आहे.. भारतीय राजकारणात आपली न्युसेन्स व्हॅल्यु दाखवल्या शिवाय तुम्हाला कोणीच विचारत नाही. आता या निवडणुकीत एक सिद्ध झालंय.मनसे भरपूर मतं खाऊशकते म्हणजे पुढल्या वेळेस मनसेशी युती करण्यास राष्ट्रीय पक्ष तयार होतील.. आपली सेक्युलर प्रतिमा बाजुला ठेऊन. आणि एक गोष्ट प्रुव्ह होते ,   यु आयदर हेट ऑर लव्ह .. यु कान्ट इग्नोर मनसे इन मुंबई!!  आणि राज ठाकरेंना हेच हवं होतं.. ही हॅज वन द इलेक्शन.. ९ लाख मतं म्हणजे काही गम्मत नाही.कुठल्याही इलेक्शनचं भवितव्य ठरवू शकतात ही मतं.

निवडणुकांमध्ये राजकीय पक्ष कोट्यवधीचा रुपये खर्च करतात. मनसे हा आत्ताच फॉर्म झालेला पक्ष.. मग त्यांच्याकडे इतक्या जागा लढवण्यासाठी पैसा आला तरी कुठुन??  असो..

ममता बॅनर्जी .. जेंव्हा तिथुन म्हणजे सिंगुरहुन हो.. टाटा नॅनो चा प्लांट गुजराथ मधे गेला, तेंव्हा खरं तर ममताला चांगलाच सेट बॅक मिळाला होता. तिला असं कधीही वाटलं नसेल की टाटा इथे कुठे जातील. ( यावरचा आधिचा लेख इथे वाचा) पण टाटांनी प्लांट जेंव्हा गुजरात मधे शिफ्ट केला तेंव्हा ममता तोंड लपवून बसली होती बरेच दिवस.. मला असं वाटतं होतं की ममता कम्युनिस्टांचे काम करते आहे, आणि कम्युनिस्ट सोशालिस्ट लोकांचं.. 🙂  जोक अपार्ट, ममताने वेळेवर घेतलेला कॉंग्रेसशी हातमिळवणी करण्याचा घेतलेला निर्णय म्हणजे अगदी अर्जुनाने केलेल्या मत्सभेदा प्रमाणेच अचूक ठरला. जर ममता एकटी निवडणुक लढली असती, तर  ती काही निवडून आली नसती. कॉँग्रेसच्या पुण्याई च्या जोरावर तिचा झालेला हा विजय आहे चक्क २० जागाचं आंदण तिच्या पदरात घातलंय बंगाली जनतेने. म्हणजे नॅनो चा जो प्लांट गेला, त्याचं खापर कम्युनिस्टांच्या डोक्यावर फोडलं मतदारांनी आणि जागा ६० वरून निम्म्याच्या खाली आणून ठेवल्या मतदारांनी.

मला असं वाटत होतं की बंगालची जनता ममताला कधीच माफ करणार नाही.. सिंगुर बद्दल.. पण बंगाली बाबु लोकं अगदी ४ महिन्यात विसरले सगळं.. आणि ममता ला निवडुन आणलं..

जाउ द्या, कोळसा उगाळावा, तितका काळाच!

About महेंद्र

माझा ब्लॉग :- http://kayvatelte.com
This entry was posted in राजकिय.. and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

26 Responses to ममता- मनसे फॅक्टर

  1. Amol says:

    manya aahe ki manse che mudde kahi nahit mainly fakt marathi manusachi asmita var dependent aahet, pan kahi thikani tynache umedvaar kharokhar chnagle hote, like in Pune. Ase umedvaar aale tar reforms kiti fast hotil?!s aata rahul gandhi aani varun gandhi yanchya kadun heech apeksha aahe. Lets see.
    btw check this out .

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/UPA-win-could-signal-big-reforms/articleshow/4541194.cms

  2. A response says:

    mala saglyat jast bhiti hoti Mayavati chi hahaha
    mhantale ti jar PM zali tar kahi khare nahi ……………. so i m happy 🙂

  3. अमोल आणि रिस्पॉन्स,
    प्रतिक्रियेकरता आभार. मला बरेचदा असं ही वाटतं की जर इथे शासन एखाद्या मुर्ख व्यक्तिच्या, किंवा स्वयंघोषित आणि जाती जमातिचं राजकारण खेळणाऱ्या नेत्याच्या हाता मधे गेलं तर, जसं श्रिलंकेत झालं, तसंच इथे पण होऊ शकतं. .. डेफिनेटली होऊ शकतं जर पुर्ण मेजॉरिटी असेल तर.. कोण थांबवू शकेल अशा लोकांना?
    म्हणुनच म्हणतो.. आयदर कॉंग्रेस ऑर भाजपा… नो अदर ऑप्शन.

  4. manojgharat says:

    mala nahi patale je kahi tumhi lihile aahet te………..tumhi rajsahebankadun kaay expect kartaa?
    Haatat Satta nastana manus ugaach shetkari hatya,paani,nokri yabaddal bolel ashi………….
    U’ll have to b in the SYSTEM to change the SYSTEM………..aani te nasel tar atleast DHAAK ha havaach satta dhaari lokanwar………….to aaj Mansecha aahe………….Nirupam jinkala aani Ram naik harle yaala MNS kaay karnaar……….aamhi jinkanyaasaathi ubhe hoto padne aani paadnyaasathi nahi………..yaach nirupam la rajyasabhet shivsenenech paathvle hote…………uttarachi apekshaa karto…………….aapla namr,
    manoj prakash gharat info@lakshya.co.in

    • मनोज साहेब,
      राम नाईक पडले ह्याला मनसे जबाबदार आहे असं म्हणता येणार नाही. कारण लोकशाही मधे कुणालाही इलेक्शनला उभे रहाण्याचा अधिकार आहे. राज ठाकरेंच्या कॅंडीडेट्स ना पण हा अधिकार अर्थातच घटनेने दिलेला आहेच. पण ह्याच सोबत हे पण खरं की मराठी मतं दुभागली गेली शिवसेनेमधे आणि मनसे मधे आणि ह्याचा फायदा मिळाला कॉंग्रेसला. ही गोष्ट आकडेवारीवरुन सिध्द होते.अर्थात या साठी मनसे जबाबदार नाही. अहो, ९ लाख मतं मिळणं म्हणजे काय चेष्टा नाही. इतकी मतं मिळाल्यामूळे राज ठाकरे हे जिंकलेच आहेत असं मी म्हंटलंय.. माझा लेख आपण निट वाचलात तर लक्षात येइल.

      माझी एक अपेक्षा अशी होती की जर ही पार्टी पुर्ण महाराष्ट्राची पार्टी म्हणुन तयार करायची असेल तर कधी तरी चुकुन तरी भैय्या या शिवाय इतर विषयांवर कांहीतरी मतं व्यक्त करता आलं असतं. सत्ता हातात्त नाहीं म्हणुन कांही करता आलं नाही हे पण मला मान्य नाही. हातात सत्ता नसतांना पण नाशिकच्या उत्तर भारतियांना पळून जायला लावलं होतंच ना सैनिकांनी?? म्हणुन म्हणतो, सत्ता नाही….. तर ठिक आहे… ज्यांच्या हातामधे सत्ता आहे त्यांना जेरिस आणता आलं असतं मनसेला. पण त्यावर कांहीच भाष्य करणे, कींवा शासनाला वेठिस धरणे जरुरीचे समजले नाही.

      शिवसेना जे कित्येक वर्षात करु शकली नाही.. ते म्हणजे मराठी पाट्यांचे काम राजच्या एका आवाजाने झाले. हाच आवाज अजुन जास्त प्रभावी पणे वापरता आला असता असे तुम्हाला वाटंत नाही कां?

      विषयांतर करतोय, पण मला एक नेहेमीच प्रशन पडतो, इतकं सगळं होऊन विदर्भात कॉंग्रेसचे सगळे उमेदवार कसे निवडून येऊ शकतात? इतक्या आत्महत्या, अकोल्याला आठवड्यातुन एकदा दिले जाणारे पाणी, इतके सगळे इशुज असतांना पण कॉंग्रेसचे निवडून येणे हे खरे तर आश्चर्यच आहे.

      राज ठाकरेंची मॅग्नेटिक पर्सनॅलिटी आहेच.. बाळासाहेबांप्रमाणे त्यांचा लोकांना पुल करण्याची क्षमता पण आहे. फक्त ही क्षमता प्रॉपरली युझ व्हावी अशी अपेक्षा आहे.

      • Rohan Patil says:

        English madhun lihito ahe … Kshyamasva

        Urban Maharashtra and Rural maharashtra do not have the same issues. Just because Raj is targeting the Urban audience doesn’t mean he is doing only dirty politics. You might not be aware of the situation in Mumbai. As far as “tadipars” are concerned, it’s unfortunate and shameful that Mumbai Police is being a bitch of the bhaiyyas and taking action against their own Marathi people.

  5. amol says:

    I am totally disagree with all of your points.
    Who says MNS did not do any creative work.
    Admissions in nashik college, supports to suvarna bank employees who transferes in south without any notice, marathi patya and lots more. more than this, how you can expect very creative work from the party who is just 3 years old and does not having any government power.
    You said Ram Naik lost because of MNS, then how he lost in 2004 when there was no MNS, why shivsena got only one seat in mumbai in last Loksabha election.
    It is just because people needs change, and MNS shows that path.
    I think whats wrong to give one chance to them when you given the chances to the criminals, currupted people from all parties.
    Another thing is that MNS provides good candidate, all are well educated, with clean image, 33 % womens in the candidate list.
    Why you did not pay attention on these points.
    Please do not be bias, we all need to be collabrated to make efficient Maharashtra for us and our next generation.

    • Amol
      While appreciating your views, i am not only trying to bash MNS . Thats not the intention. I never chalanged the karisma or Raj , But I would stress only one point. ->

      शिवसेना जे कित्येक वर्षात करु शकली नाही.. ते म्हणजे मराठी पाट्यांचे काम राजच्या एका आवाजाने झाले. हाच आवाज अजुन जास्त प्रभावी पणे वापरता आला असता असे तुम्हाला वाटंत नाही कां?

      • amol says:

        yes, an te hoel pan…

        thode passion aaplyala pan thevave lagtil.
        saglyach prashnna evdha choto paks ek sath tar uttar nah devu shaknar…
        MNS is publishing white paper on how to build new Maharashtra, which includes all problems, edges of the MH, and what we and MNS can do on it.
        When you will see that white paper, I am sure that you will be more than happy to see the constructive dreams, strong will power and practical action plan Rajsaheb has in his mind.

  6. Jaywant Patil says:

    I for one believe Raj Thackray fits into the second of those possibilities. Not only that, I dont disagree with a single thing that he’s been reiterating for the past few days. It’s past few years actually as this issue came up during the last Lok Sabha Elections, in which Shiv Sena had to face heavy losses due to this strategy. So they decided to drop it from then on. That among others was the reason for the formation of MNS.

    One of the factors that has repelled me from Mumbai for years has been it’s ability to assimilate ‘trash’. People get so used to living in that garbage that they start loving it. But no one has the intent to clean it. Mumbai has become like a big dumping ground for trash from all over the country inspired by senseless Bollywood flicks painting Mumbai as the place where you should migrate to from whichever town/ village you’re from in order to bring meaning to your life! And not surprisingly we’ve hoards of dream catchers from all over the country flocking what was once a great city.

    Majority of Mumbai’s problems have their root cause at this very point. If you’re not bringing anything to the table then you shouldn’t be there has never been Mumbai’s policy. Mumbai has high percentage of Gujaratis, Parsis, South Indians too then why such situations never came up with their immigration? The reason is two fold. First, the simple and the relatively less important one, they added value to Mumbai by their immigration. The second, the more complex but important one they became Mumbai-kars. That was the society which followed the good old ‘Do in Rome as the Romans do’ philosophy. They not only respected the locals but became a part of the Mumbai society. They were affected when Mumbai was affected. They felt bad when Mumbai ranked as the most polluted city or as the city with highest number of open drains or some such thing.

    Now it is a matter of personal choice whether one wants to become a Mumbai-kar. Conservation of one’s own traditions, customs and practices is one thing, which is welcome, but arrogance and disrespect for someone else is something that should not be tolerated. Not in Mumbai or anywhere else for that matter.

    This is not a regional or a racial thing. It is just good manners and basic courtesy that we’re asking for.

    Is that too much to follow? I dont think so.

    Immigration is a natural process and has been happening across the world for centuries. I dont think it’s even a debatable issue whether it’s good or bad. It’s what the immigrants do and how they behave in their adopted city or country that is something that needs to be scrutinized. The kind of act that has been put up by actors, politicians and media over the past week makes it clear what their attitude is. How many places in the world would such things be tolerated at? Forget that… How many cities in the India will be tolerant towards it?

    What makes me believe in Raj Thackray is that he’s not going to win seats in any election by using this strategy. And that is a very big thing considering that he’s a politician. There is not a single constituency in Mumbai where North Indians are not in substantial numbers to affect the electorate. In some cases they’re even in clear majority. And more importantly they vote in patterns. The North Indians had supposedly even proved their power over Mumbai during the Lok Sabha elections when the Maharashtrian agenda was defeated. Govinda being elected is a prime example. And we know how well he has managed ‘his’ people. The last I heard people in Virar and nearby suburbs wanted to know his whereabouts so that they could bash him!

    I’m not interested in proving my point by pointing examples of incidents which have been termed as regional pride and not as un-democratic, separatistic and similar because I know I’m in a clear minority and I kind of enjoy that! People who preach about democratic principles and non-existant ideals in this situation should think what would they have done if someone was to ridicule, insult them in their own home and then treat them as if they’re the outsiders.

    Mumbai, they used to say wouldn’t be the same without it’s immigrants. Well… Looking at how things have shaped up in the past 15 years or so I couldn’t agree more! And that is in a negative sense for those who do not understand pun…

    Everything said, no one really has the will and power to find a solution or take decisions on this issue. Those who have power… well… the less I say the more civil this post would be. Raj Thackray has the will but not the necessary power and we, the people are not going to give it to him because he’s a dictator, a blood thirsty hound!

    Mumbai belongs to the Mumbai-kars. Mumbai-kars who’re Marathi, Gujaratis, Tamilians, Sindhis, Muslims or even the North Indians for that matter, but they’re Mumbai-kars first. Mumbai-kars who’re passionate about their city and want to improve it. Mumbai-kars who dont need politicians from ‘outside’ to guide them. We need to find these Mumbai-kars else Mumbai is just going to rot away the way it has been… and I’m being optimistic about it!

  7. Jaywant Patil says:

    This mail is to those people who gives the justification against the Raj Thackray that according to Constitution of India anybody can stay anywhere throughout the territory of India…..

    Please spend some time to read what exactly the Right to Freedom is according to Constitution of India …..

    Don’t ever just see the one side of coin….see other one….

    Freedom to move freely throughout the territory of India though reasonable restrictions can be imposed on this right in the interest of the general public, for example, restrictions may be imposed on movement and travelling, so as to control epidemics.
    Freedom to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India which is also subject to reasonable restrictions by the State in the interest of the general public or for the protection of the scheduled tribes because certain safeguards as are envisaged here seem to be justified to protect indigenous and tribal peoples from exploitation and coercion.[21]

    Factors stimulating new epidemics
    Alterations in agricultural practices and land use
    Changes in society and human demographics
    Poor population health (e.g. malnutrition, HIV, …)
    Hospitals and medical procedures
    Evolution of the pathogen (e.g. increased virulence, drug resistance,)
    Contamination of water supplies and food sources
    International travel
    Failure of public health programs
    International trade
    Climate change
    Reduced levels of biodiversity (e.g. through environmental destruction)
    ——>>>>>>Bad urban planning (The most imp)
    Because about urban planning of Mumbai,
    1)Mumabi is getting water by the pipelines which were created by British in 1944.
    2)Per Square kilometer limitation of Mumbai has already overflown in 1966 itself.
    3)60% population is leaving in slum(Maximum North Indians and bangladeshi).
    4)Mumbai has the geographical limitation to spread so we can not compare mumbai with other metros in India.

    we have to consider Mumbai as a special case….

    • Even though all above points are taken in consideration, the slums are being regularised at definate intervals by the political parties, which is again causing new flood of people to enter Mumbai.
      Unless the politicians stop regularising slums, the new slums will crop up. I would also like to remind you that during Shivasena BJP Regime also the slums till 96 ( not sure of the year) were regularised, and during that period Raj Thakare was the part of Shivsena.

  8. Jaywant Patil says:

    Raj Thackeray’s Response to Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni’s Open Letter to raj Thackeray in Loksatta—–

    Do political movements need to obey the law? What about Advani rath yatra, Modi’s Godhra outrage?’ Font Size -A +A
    Express news service
    Posted: Feb 23, 2008 at 2152 hrs IST

    I have read your open letter addressed to me in Loksatta. I am happy to read it. Leaders from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (not all north Indians, only those from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) and all north Indian journalists have decided to label whatever I and my colleagues, my party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena do, as “goondagiri”.

    It is natural. They are furious because their inter-connected economic, cultural and political interests have been jeopardized. For the first time, their uncontrolled political and cultural dadagiri has been confronted!

    With this backdrop, I was happy to read your letter because, for the first time, someone has shown a willingness to discuss and debate the issues raised by me. And it is not someone ordinary but one who has handled the country’s politics and culture from the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Sudheendraji, you have made many points in your letter. I will start with the one on violence. But before that, I would like to inform readers that I have been in active politics for about 18-19 years. I hope you don’t doubt my political knowledge and experience! But to state the fact, I and my party have not undertaken any illegal, unconstitutional agitation if you consider the backdrop of the political history of our country.

    Forget the country, even in Maharashtra every political party has indulged in political violence and murder at some time or the other. The levels and layers may be different. Some parties have supported such incidents on moral grounds. Such allegations have been made against many people in the present cabinet. I have neither supported political violence nor have my workers killed their opponents.

    I will give you just one example. Not even a single worker has offended –– physically or verbally ­–– any mediaperson, despite the fact that the entire media (especially Hindi and English media) was spewing venom of contempt for Maharashtrians, on me and my party.

    I can give you many examples of the media being attacked by enraged workers of all four major political parties in Maharashtra in similar situations. Isn’t our patience and conscience indicative of a principled stance?

    I have already apologised for the death in Nashik during this agitation. But it should also be kept in mind that it was an accident, not a political murder!

    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena does not believe in political murders!

    Leaders involved in political murders across the country come to Maharashtra to teach me ahimsa and journalists follow them and address them as “sir” and brand me and my followers as goondas. This is such an irony. I am surprised that nobody is objecting to the dirty politics being played over the death of a person.

    Now, the violence.

    Isn’t the outbreak of spontaneous outrage in a people’s movement understood? Can anyone avoid the violence or damage to property even if it does not bring happiness? Wasn’t Gandhiji forced to withdraw his agitation when a chowkie was burnt at Chauri Chaura?

    Besides, even after all this, was the violence and damage to public property avoided in the 1942 agitation? When people become furious, their response is the same, whether it is the Congress or the African National Congress.

    Sudheendraji, as you are a former communist, you must be aware of crores of deaths and political murders during communist movements the world over. People’s movements are a repetition of history to some extent.

    Besides, do political movements need to obey the law? Political history learnt by me tells me that breaking the law, getting arrested, braving lathis and getting jailed are symbols of a principled agitation.

    In recent times, the rulers and opposition parties indulged in movements of political compromise, in which morchas are taken out, the share of benefits of the government and opposition parties are decided. Then the protesters and their companions go home and sleep peacefully! This is called todbazi (compromise). The word political movement is an equivalent word for breaking the law!

    Tell me, Sudheendraji, was Bihari MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy not aware of Advaniji’s Rath Yatra when he chose to criticise me on the grounds that my agitation was unconstitutional, destabilising for the nation, sectarian? How many people died then? How much was the violence?

    But didn’t Advani pursue his campaign to make his point? The Bihari babu in Rudy seems to have woken up. I don’t remember Rudy mustering courage to register his protest during the Rath Yatra or with Narendrabhai Modiji when our Gujarati brethren were outraged after the Godhra incident.

    It means that everyone wants MPs and MLAs from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to dance on the chest of Maharashtra. Because they know that Maharashtra’s MPs and ministers in Delhi will not utter a word! The only thing remaining is Maharashtra government issuing an ordinance to compel every Maharastrian household to accommodate at least one bhaiyya from UP, Bihar and if not done, to brand such Maharashtrians as against the constitution!

    Raj Thackeray and his party have become a hurdle in all this which is why they are ready to crush us. Sudheendraji, I have never opposed, do not oppose ordinary workers from U.P. and Bihari. Would I have spoken if chhatpooja was an ordinary religious pooja?

    Gujaratis celebrate Garba in Maharashtra with a bang. We also enjoy it. Bengalis celebrate Navratri. We too participate in it. South Indians perform Ayyappa’s rituals and Marathis pray there. But chhatpooja is not just a religious festival. At least it is not celebrated as one in Mumbai.

    It is an akhada (wrestling ring) erected on Mumbai’s chest by Bihari leaders to show their strength. There lies the root of our opposition. Sudheendraji, are you aware of any widespread chhatpooja being celebrated by Biharis living in Mauritius, Dubai or any country close to the sea?

    How can you compare chhatpooja with Ganeshotsav? Ganesh is acknowledged nationally and internationally as Vighnaharta (the remover of obstacles). When Maharashtians living in other states celebrate Ganeshotsav, do they invite Pawarsaheb (Sharad Pawar), Munde (BJP leader Gopinath Munde), Balasaheb (Bal Thackeray), Vilasrao (Vilasrao Deshmukh) or Sushilkumar (Sushilkumar Shinde) to deliver fiery speeches?

    Do Maharashtrians use Ganeshotsav to establish cultural and political supremacy in that state and make it a cultural vassal state? If any Maharashtrian is doing it, I object to that. But Maharashtrians never do it. Except people from U.P. and Bihar, migrants from other states do not indulge in such feudal activity.

    States like Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana are also in the north. Maharashtra has no objection to them because migrants from these states behave responsibly. I agree with you that India is a country of bouquets with flowers of different states.

    But if a flower of one colour is rubbed violently on the petal of another of a different colour, it will damage both. There will be no manomilan (amalgamation). Nobody should do it.

    I and my party were not against the common man from U.P. and Bihar, but when this common man comes to Maharashtra to prove the dadagiri of leaders from U.P. and Bihar!

    Well, what is the history of such leaders? We would have followed their model if they had made U.P. and Bihar progressive states and created paradise. But these leaders have exploited the poor man there and impoverished these states by bringing in a mafia culture. What are these leaders saying here? “Take action against Raj Thackeray because he is a goonda!”

    Sudheendraji, how could you fall prey to the disinformation campaign of leaders and journalists from U.P. and Bihar?

    I will give you just one example, after reading which you and the whole world will realise how these leaders and bhaiyya journalists indulge in false and poisonous propaganda.

    You have said that I have blamed Amitabh Bachchan for singing the “Chhora Ganga Kinarewala” song from the film “Don”. It is totally false.

    Bhaiyya journalists from U.P. and Bihar, who address Amar Singh as “sir, sir” have spread this venomous story all over the country. Am I mad to blame Amitabh for singing this line in “Don”? If that were the case, I would have demanded his arrest for acting in “Don”!

    If I had to indulge in something foolish, I would have stooped to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s level. Do you know the truth, Sudheendraji? Amitabh Bachchan delivered a speech and I have the clipping. I can show it to you.

    He said, “Mai Dilli raha, Calcutta raha, Mai Bambai (not Mumbai!) raha. Phir bhi meri pehchan, chhora Ganga kinarewala hi hai”.

    My only observation was that if such a great hero feels love for Uttar Pradesh despite what Mumbai gave him, then what is wrong if a small man like Raj Thackeray feels love for Maharashtra?

    I have the clipping of my speech with me. Isn’t this enough to prove that such venomous propaganda has misguided a media stalwart like you?

    Which Maharashtrian does not love India?

    This love is not limited to just bursting crackers after India wins a cricket match, but is as vast as the Sahyadri rushing to help the Himalayas whenever there is a shadow of foreign invasion. Have Maharastrians failed to think about the country?

    In fact, Maharashtrians have always thought of the country first, before they think of their own region. My chest swells with pride whenever I say Jai Hind. But nobody should forget that my Maharashtra is a part of India. It has its own culture, its own identity.

    Nobody should forget it.

    A guest is welcomed if he adjusts himself to the host’s house. But if he tries to change the host’s house through dadagiri, we won’t tolerate it. And no means no!

    I am proud of my workers for their struggle! Please don’t call it ‘Rada’ (hooliganism) by giving old and historic references. They hit the streets to protect their own language and culture. Police are visiting their houses again and again and beating them up like cattle to punish them for protecting their language and culture.

    They are tolerating it quietly. For whom? For Maharashtra! For India! It is fashionable for intellectuals here to blame my party for the unsolved problem of Marathi identity. But am I or my party responsible for it?

    And if it has not been solved, is it wrong to struggle for it? For several decades, the mind of Maharashtrians is struggling to solve the Belgaum border issue. There have been several struggles on several levels. But the problem is where it was. Now, are you going to suggest that Maharashtrians should keep quite by presuming that the problem has been solved?

    Whether it is the question of Palestine or Tamils, European countries and dada countries like America and the U.N. have not been able to solve them for several decades. Have they given up their efforts to solve these problems? Or have they withdrawn by presuming that the problem does not exist?

    And your last point, Sudheendraji. You have said that I was tempted to launch this agitation in order to get instant and wide publicity for my party. Some arrogant journalists and intellectuals have called it a political stunt.

    Sudheendraji, frankly speaking, I am not interested in publicity, impact, political benefits and votes. Such success is easily got by political compromise. I don’t speak to journalists for months together.

    I organise meetings and study developmental issues. Journalists then ask ‘has Raj Thackeray formed a political party or an NGO?’ When I concentrate on organisational matters and ignore other immediate things, journalists ask ‘is Raj Thackeray building a party or a house?’ (which is my means of livelihood). Then, when I respond to my inner voice and hit the street, journalists say ‘this is Raj Thackeray’s stunt for publicity’.

    Sudheendraji, I have learnt to digest all this. I only respond to my inner voice. You may call it anything.

    Sudheendraji, I hope you are satisfied. I have selected Maharashtra as my area of work.

    Some inherent deficiencies have to be removed to make Maharashtra magnificent and progressive. For constructing a new building, some soil has to be dug for laying the foundation.

    From this very Maharashtra, a great man had challenged the Mughal empire with the help of 15-50 colleagues. (I don’t intend to compare myself with Chhatrapati Shivraya, lest Maharashtra’s intellectuals come down on me).

    The grave of the powerful Mughal emperor — Aurangzeb — exists in Daulatabad in Maharashtra.

    Riding on the storm created by his 15-50 companions, the great man laid the foundation of an empire. That was the Maratha empire.

    I pray to Shivaji to lend me and my colleagues at the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena a fraction of himself. I am ending this informal letter with the hope that you will wish us well.

    Jai Maharashtra

    Raj Thackeray

  9. Jaywant Patil says:

    http://www.manase.org

    Well-known journalist and political analyst Raju Parulekar uncorks the mystique of his friend, Raj Thackeray. Instead of a drab CV of the party President, we chose this article as it profiles the leader with insight and sensitivity.

    When I met him

    On the personal front among close friends and relatives, Raj is known as ‘Raja’ which means big –hearted, compassionate. The name is apt and suits his generous nature. There are many reasons behind this. Most important reason being, he doesn’t wish bad for anyone. Not even for his enemies. I am amazed of this trait in him. I think this is one of the reasons why Raj is my close friend. Until I met Raj, I thought, not having venomous thoughts for my enemies was a major drawback. But after meeting Raj, what I felt was my inferiority complex became my strong point.

    Raj is charismatic; everyone knows this. But Raj’s charisma or his appealing nature is not incidental. Raj is in politics since he was 23 years old. Since then he has made friends and formed a close bond with them. Whenever he travels he sees to it that his friends are comfortable and goes out of his way to make them feel at home. Just because he is involved in aggressive politics or he is an impressive orator doesn’t make him alluring. He puts others before himself and no wonder he is rated as the favourite leader of the masses. I have come across many social and political leaders. Most of them are accompanied by their wives and children and they are busy taking care of them, conveniently forgetting the people around them. But this is not the case with Raj.

    When Narayan Rane left Shivsena, by-elections were held in Malvan. Entire Shivsena had set their camp in Malvan. Raj was staying at Sharmila Hotel in Kankavli. Situation was such that people were many and rooms were less. Rane had booked all the hotels in his constituency causing inconvenience to Shivsena leaders and party workers. At these times Raj was very accommodative and invited as much people in his room as possible. Shivsena leaders were worried about their own comforts and were busy trying to make their stay ‘foolproof’. Shivsena and Maharashtra’s opposition leader Ramdas Kadam was put up at Sharmila Hotel. When he saw the new party workers invading his privacy, he packed his bags, throwing his weight around, ‘you fight your elections. I am going to Khed.’ At this crucial juncture, overlooking the issue of superiority and seniority, Raj intervened and convinced Ramdas Kadam, thus abstainnig him from leaving the hotel. I was constantly with Raj during these historical moments in Shivsena’s political arena. At that moment, he had the perfect understanding of the political situation around him, which no other Shivsena leader possessed. In those times, false rumours were spread everywhere about Raj leaving Shivsena. In fact Raj showed commendable patience and presence of mind under impossible conditions. An election strategy was drawn, but Raj was purposely kept away from the action. Secondly, Shivsena was trying to field Raj opposite Rane and gain power in Maharashtra for a long time to come. Raj understood this and it made him restless. Ironically, his restlessness did not arise from his political insecurity but he was emotionally upset and hurt. The whole of Shivsena and its leaders were grasped by political uncertainty.

    Raj never for once felt insecure. He believed in his own leadership qualities. But his emotional struggle within himself made his close friends anxious as Raj spent sleepless nights thereafter. Only one thought came to his mind, ‘Balasaheb…He loves me, he loves me not…something like this kept churning in his mind. Balasaheb is fond of me. Balasaheb doesn’t love me…it was a poignant moment for him as the emotional war raged within his mind. Even his political and personal enemies must have not thought so deeply about Balasaheb. During those times, I have closely observed the political leaders and people who are close to Balasaheb and hence can say it authoritatively. My observations are unprejudiced and analytical solely based on sensibility.

    Understanding and Misunderstanding

    When I was not acquainted with Raj, he came across to me as a rude and aggressive person. He was introduced to me by my friend Uday Tanpathak. He took me to visit Raj one early morning. I clearly remember as I was feeling very sleepy that day. There was one positive thing about our meeting. I remember Raj giving his opinion on Hindutva. Raj had said, ‘The issue of Hindutva is fine. But the need of the hour is: in Maharashtra, Marathi, Gujarati, Jain, Marwadi should come together and think about the well-being of Maharashtra. When we say, Marathi Manoos, how can we ignore the Muslim from Khed-Malegaon and Christian from Vasai?’ I was taken aback as I heard this. Then Raj was likened to Balasaheb. I had anticipated something close to this but not exactly this. Recently he said, ‘We must devoutly believe in what we say, only then can we keep faith. And eventually, people will believe. My grandfather gave credence to his heart before he spoke. Balasaheb too followed suit. I speak only when I have complete faith in my thoughts. If I do a verbatim on Balasaheb’s speeches while commenting on Hindutva then I would be at the brunt of everyone’s joke. I am not interested in blowing empty bubbles devoid of dedicated direction.

    We did not immediately become friends after this early morning meeting. Ironically, I knew Uddhav much before I knew Raj. I will mention Uddhav in Raj’s context as it is unavoidable. What I got to know about Raj from Uddhav and about Uddhav from Raj is very distressing. I am not doing a political appraisal of Uddhav or Raj. Both have every right to indulge in politics. Do what they feel is right, without thinking about the repercussions. But what happened in Raj’s case was categorically unjust as the political understanding Raj possessed in Shivsena was unparallel in comparison to his generation leaders. He hoped to work for the betterment. He had the support of the youths who were ready to lay down their lives if need be. He asked for delegation of responsibilities. He got the answer, ‘entire Maharashtra belongs to you’ which was unacceptable (he took precise lesson from this sentence). The common public does not know what really transpired. I am an eyewitness to the happening. Raj was very popular in Shivsena. He had a huge following wherever he went and Shivsena’s office-bearers met him discreetly. First I did not believe in these ‘fables.’ But once when Raj was in Pune, Shivsena office-bearers paid him a discreet visit. Suddenly someone announced about Shivsena’s Public Relations -Chief Ravindra Mirlekar coming to meet Raj officially. The office-bearers present immediately fled from the place. They were afraid they might be black listed in Matoshree. Raj commented, ‘how can we entrust Maharashtra to these people when they care only about their chairs. Tomorrow, when Maharashtra will be in trouble these people will be the first to turn their back. It could be a mere handful of people who will stand firmly rooted to the ground and save our State’. Only one person thought it wise to stay put and that was Deepak Paigude.

    Everyone was free to indulge in politics and power play but maligning Raj’s name at the behest of selfish and petty people was uncalled for. At those times, Subhash Desai belonging to the inner circle of Shivsena resembled Nana Phadnavis. The emotional turmoil Raj underwent was painful. He was in two minds; his decisive action could have stressful repercussions on Balasaheb and on the other side a competent leader like him had to face humiliation from five thousand mansabdar . Raj was restless like a tiger caught in the cage. I have spent many evenings talking to him. His condition was like the tiger caught in cage while women and children throw stones ridiculing his helplessness. Shivsena was giving a live demonstration then. The only difference was the cage in question here was Balasaheb’s affection for Raj. He broke the barrier. But that was much later. He was pushed up the wall. I am witness to many incidents. Raj reacted with patience and esteem.

    Raj: Imaginary and Real

    Before all this took place, I had interviewed Raj. I was not feeling comfortable with him and neither was he, I thought. He was under the impression that I was someone who would purposely put the interviewee in an uncomfortable position by grilling him on difficult issues. Someone had misguided him. He was avoiding my questions and giving curt replies. Earlier, he was minutely scrutinized in the Kini case by the Socialist group who found happiness in destroying someone. Personally, I do not believe in these accusations. I wanted to find out why this young, aggressive, angry leader who had charmed the youths was snubbed time and again. After exploring a bit, I found it was all a conspiracy to implicate and malign Raj’s name and that it was pre-planned. There was nothing substantial to establish any connection. Raj and his friends were not related with this matter. Journalists from the Socialist circle humiliated him. Based on evidence, the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of Raj but his family had to go through rough times. I later realised one thing, to get caught in such a conspiracy, Raj was somewhat himself responsible. He is quick in placing faith in any layman. The thought never crosses his mind that anyone could think ill about him. So many people at so many times have tried to put him in difficult situations that it is very frightening to even think of trading places with him. But Raj is fond of people.

    Raj is the only political leader who puts complete faith in a person in the second meeting itself. It doesn’t mean he is not shrewd. He acts astutely as per the situation. Especially, he never forgets a thing. He remembers your minute movement, comment or argument for years. He broaches it at appropriate times. As I have observed him closely, he could be compared to Sharad Pawar. The only difference is PawarSahib remembers the names of small people and the work of rich people, that is what history says. But I have seen Raj getting worked up over a common man’s problem and frantically place calls to get their work done. People line up outside his house during school and college admissions so that he could put in a word for them, and Raj does so personally and even rechecks whether it is implemented. I have myself seen this happening. To view it on a lighter note, many political leaders and their children, inspite of being in power both in State and Centre, approach Raj to get their work done from the government machinery. It is not appropriate to mention their names in this context. If I had done so they would have reeled with shock.

    Initial meetings with Raj did not help in changing my impression about him. All those meetings were professional. His interview (mentioned above) that I took, is one of the less popular ones. I have to observe this person, and then it doesn’t matter whether I like him or no, this I had learnt from my professional shrewdness. I happened to meet Raj in a function. He was in the role of a listener. When it was time to present my speech, I openly criticised Raj’s party (Shivsena, at that time) and their shallow agenda. I thought Raj (as per pre-conceived notions) will fly into a rage. Maybe his followers might beat me up once I leave the hall. I was prepared to be a martyr! When the function came to an end, Raj walked up to me and asked, ‘when shall we meet?’ After that we met many times. Raj stuck to his point, ‘you analysts point out our mistakes but you never tell us how to overcome them.’ My answer was, ‘if we knew the answer, we would have been good politicians.’ In the beginning, I used to give this answer as Raj’s supporters were increasing. And I was not interested in being a martyr. I can’t refrain myself from stating an example which proves Raj’s popularity and his image among his followers. The Editor of ‘Rashtravadi’ magazine, which is the mouthpiece of the Rashtravadi party, wanted to give a copy of their magazine to Raj. I gave Raj’s address to their office peon Vilas, who refused to go or divulge the reason. When I persisted, only then did he say, ‘if his supporters come to know I am from Rashtravadi party, they are sure to bash me up.’

    Raj: As a Friend

    When Raj considers someone his friend he shares his happiness with him and takes his anguish upon himself. I am surprised how come a person like me who was impartial to the leaders of all political parties and their party could develop such a close bond with him. In reality, many political leaders could be good friends. But the relation they share with political analysts and writers is based on mutual goodwill. I feel uncomfortable and cannot forge a friendship with them though they are interesting as humans, but as politicians I feel diffident. But I do not shy away from my friendship with Raj. The most important reason being, once Raj considers you a friend he expects only one thing, that you must respect the sanctity of the relationship. In the Kini case, many Socialist journalists had voiced their opinion about giving capital punishment to Raj. Now I see those same people line up at Raj’s doorstep feigning close friendship for their selfish interests. But what surprises me is there is not an iota of venom in Raj’s mind. He complies with their requests. ‘They did what they thought was appropriate’, is how he reacts. In this matter, he is Gandhiji’s devotee. He has in his possession Gandhiji’s biographies. He is well-versed with them. He has gifted me Gandhiji’s beautiful photo-biography and has written a note, ‘when you read this book you understand the values for which you must live.’

    The Raj we see is very deep. He takes stock of the person whom he comes across with. If anyone is refusing to take him seriously then he is committing a grave political blunder. When Raj decided to leave Shivsena he was going through mental turmoil. The only problem he faced was, his followers who believed in him and his dreams for Maharashtra were being suppressed, and Raj had no way out. ‘Our Maharashtra is far more important than anyone else’.

    After a pause, he added ‘even Balasaheb’.

    A decisive moment had come in Raj’s life. During his public meetings held at night, he sat in his car only after making sure the arrangement of transport for his party workers. If his rally was held outside Mumbai, he instructed his men, if possible, not to travel in the night. His party worker Suryakant Pawar died in a road accident when he was travelling from Mumbai to Satara for personal work. Raj’s eyes fill up with tears even when he remembers him today.

    Shivsena’s inner circle was purposely harassing Raj’s followers and Raj was left feeling profoundly sad and hurt. For many years, Raj is unable to explain the logic of his problem to Balasaheb. He cannot stand any criticism against Balasaheb even today. One day I asked him sarcastically, ‘doesn’t Balasaheb comprehend what is happening?’ His reply was shocking, ‘To say this is easy. For you, the subject ends there. If you trade places with Balasaheb, you or anyone else would not have acted differently. It’s not Balasaheb’s fault. His age and the situation around him make him helpless. At least I won’t blame him’. Raj spent many sleepless nights for Balasaheb before he left Shivsena. It was one of these distressing nights that Raj narrated an interesting incident from his childhood. One day somebody dropped hot mutton curry on Raj. He was badly burned. After that Balasaheb took it upon himself to put oil on his wounds and change his dressings. Raj slept next to Balasaheb till he felt completely all right.

    When Raj resigned from Shiv Sena

    Raj had many such interesting stories to tell. I was in Pune and had finished attending a function when I received a call from Raj, ‘These people should not compel me to do this. I have put in my best efforts. What is the fault of those who love me? They are troubling him to no end. If I took it upon myself I can wipe out everyone. It would be better if I had to refrain from doing so.’ But ultimately he was compelled to take the step.

    I can’t resist myself from quoting an incident here. This happened a few days before Raj’s first rally held at Shivaji Park. It was late in the night; we were standing in his balcony. Raj asked me, ‘generally, what is the response for any political rally?’ Instead of answering his question, I waited for an answer. He replied, ‘More than its capacity’. On the afternoon of his rally, I reached his house and stood in his gallery. The ground was fast filling up. Raj came and stood behind me. ‘Don’t worry, it will soon fill up.’ There is no need to write more on this.

    Recently, one of his office-bearers was concerned about the upcoming elections and started saying something. Raj said, ‘Do not worry; I am here.’ What exactly is the mystery behind this tremendous self-assurance? I one day asked him. He replied, ‘I let my opponent play all his cards.’ This, he has not learnt from anyone. It is his self-built defence mechanism. At times when some of his followers desert him for Shivsena he takes it calmly which at times compels me to think he wished that to happen. Throughout these incidences, his final ultimatum comes to my mind, ‘If I decide, I can wipe out everyone.’ No one can predict the future. But this poise and ability to stay put in an emergency situation is proficiency worth acclaiming. He turns soft as a wax when it comes to emotional relationships. Tears come to his eyes when his friends and associates are in trouble. He doesn’t stop there, but tries to provide all the possible help he could. This same Raj in times of trouble remains unperturbed and strong as a rock. There is one exception. If anyone close to him strikes him or causes nuisance for him he becomes disturbed and doesn’t know how to react. Unfortunately, he has gone through such incidences time and again.

    Raj is an admirer of aesthetic beauty and is fond of music and fine art. This is one common thing that binds us together. He has deep understanding about music, films and art. His finesse in these matters is such that he could have easily taken it up as a vocation. (Uddhav expected Raj to do this). Raj has an artistic approach towards life. It could be a place of rally or a plateful of food. Raj tries to make it visually appealing. Others are least bothered as far as adding aesthetic sense to their appearance or work. But Raj is a king in those matters. Once he takes a matter in his hands he sees to it that it is done perfectly. During the release of the photo-biography at ‘Gateway of India’, he involved himself with such minute details that on the actual day of the program, people came away stunned. Watching a film with him is an altogether worldly experience as we discuss on the creative aspect giving us an intellectual high. The same thing applies to music; western to Classical and Opera, and Hindi film songs to Folk. He has a wide range of collection. He is skilled enough to arrange music and even compose a tune. Very few people know this. The same goes for food. He has terrific knowledge about the evolution of food and the ethics of dining. He detests people who do not follow the aesthetic sense of dining. He is a born artist. This is one of the legacies he has got from his uncle. His father Shrikant Thackeray has passed on his legacy of music to Raj. He has fond memories of his father. One of it is political. Shrikantji never gave his opinion in allocating ordinary posts in Shivsena. Today when someone from Shivsena says, ‘Raj is what he is because of the Thackeray name’, it surprises him no end. He replies sarcastically, “I did not expect Shivsena to forget Shrikant Thackeray’s contribution towards the party”.

    The Virtue we cannot forget

    When Raj founded Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, there were many who went back to Shivsena. They gave excuses for their retraction which were, ‘we do not get a chance to sit on the stage’ to ‘we did not get posts as per our expectations.’ In reality it was because of these people and for them that Raj took such a crucial decision in his life. I was a witness to the drama unfolding. Some of them went back to Shivsena. I recollect an amusing incident. Raj was invited as a Chief Guest for a function. The organizer had mentioned Raj as ‘and Raj Thackeray’ after some State Minister. It was an effort to give him importance by adding his name last in the list. When Raj’s office received this fax they were perturbed. How can you mention our Party President’s name last? Raj’s secretary informed me as I knew the show’s organizer. I assured them that I would speak to him. Raj was sitting opposite me. He was aware of the exact nature of the issue. His secretary explained to him. Raj waved off the matter saying, ‘if we start this practice then how can we differentiate between us and the people who left Shivsena for such petty issues.’ Raj is very much aware about his values and his aim. This is an excellent example.

    Sometimes I think from Uddhav’s point of view (putting myself in his shoes) and I wonder what he could have done from his side about his enlightened brother. He had very few options. His advisors are inefficient. Uddhav entered active politics in the later stage of his life. He missed out on his formative years. It was exactly opposite in Raj’s case. He came into politics when he was in his decisive years of life. What we see today is circumstantial. All this worked in Sonia Gandhi’s favour. How? … this is the bone of contention. In case of a woman, things change. Also the framework of Congress party is different from any other uniformed political party. To apply this type of logic to Uddhav (from Uddhav’s side) and Raj’s case is wrong.

    Raj has a grasp of politics and situation which is similar to that of a shrewd person. Deep, very deep. Therefore in case of difficult circumstances, Raj will rise on his own strength. Uddhav will have to depend on people around him. I want to cite one example here. When Raj distanced himself from Shivsena and formed his own party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’, most of them felt Raj will name it ‘Rajsena’ and base it on Shivsena’s ideologies. Raj kept mum throughout these speculations. He went underground. He gave the situation a lot of thought. It was a sort of penance and then he formed a new party, new flag, new policies and new culture. This was new to Shivsena and to all the political parties in India. It was a new political culture which was fast spreading and his followers were baffled. Most of them had not thought beyond Shivsena. Raj completely ignored it. He did what he thought was right. When in one’s forties you don’t take such a risk until you have faith and confidence in yourself. Uddhav is doing exactly the opposite. He is confused about the issues he should address and fumbling around Marathi or Hindi issue or should he take up the topic of pits on the road. Raj’s followers suggest to him at times that if we take this stance we will lose. ‘If we lose then its fine. We are not in politics to do business but to care for the welfare of the people. While putting forth our agenda, if we lose while explaining it to the people we will not give up but try again till we win. And we will ultimately win’. This comes from a different school of thought. The name is ‘Raj Shrikant Thackeray’, a 39 year old youth.

    If Raj had been the leader of Shiv Sena

    A thought keeps playing in my mind. If Shivsena’s reigns were handed over to Raj then the picture would have been something else. If he had been Shivsena’s Executive President then what would have happened? Answer: Nothing would have happened. There is no scope for Raj’s natural susceptibility and intellectual experiment which has no place in Shivsena. It has nothing to do with Uddhav or with politics. It means Shivsena has a mould of its own. Shivsena belongs to one person; Balasaheb Thackeray. No one can change its constitution or harm it. Neither Uddhav nor Raj nor anyone else. Only he can control this type of political culture and run it. The same can be said for Raj. Distancing himself from Shivsena worked in Raj’s favour. It started an evolvement process in Raj’s life and his experimental nature got a boost.

    The future of Raj as I perceive it

    Raj is my friend not because he is in politics but he is spiritual. Many a moments pass when we just sit opposite each other without uttering a word and speak volumes. Sometimes we just don’t feel the need to talk and understand what the other has to say. We have very few friends with whom we share a close bond. They make our life complete. Am I associated with Raj’s politics? This is the question many ask. Then it is a yes and a no. Raja is my friend. What we talk, share with each other, is less of politics, only 6-7%. If Raj had chosen any other profession like producing a cinema, farming or dairy, I would have joined him, given him my inputs and helped him in his venture by noting my suggestions. It is up to him to take it or leave it. He is in politics. My viewpoint and participation in that matter is based on the same principle. It is or it is not…

    As a political analyst and writer, my stance about Raj’s political party is that it is a new party. He felt he should do something revolutionary. For that he needs to achieve power at all levels in the state. When Raj’s party comes to power I will be busy. Today, I can’t criticise his party as it is not in power. Tomorrow I can comment on his every political blunder.

    I am waiting for a chance to criticise Raj’s party. I know him so well, that tomorrow if he falls back on his promises which he had shown Maharashtra, no one else can point a finger at him better than I. Sharmila Vahini and Raj’s mother will feel sad but Raj has himself said, ‘No person is more important than Maharashtra!!’

    Raj had invited trouble during his speech at Vikhroli. Many of them wanted to know if Raj’s party (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) is an NGO. After his public-rally at Vikhroli people started discussing the matter all over the country. Then started a long period of struggle for Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Raj Thackeray as agitations broke out on the road, court trials were held and he had to face the wrath of the powerful. It continues till date today. It will go on even tomorrow, it is clear from the present picture. Raj started his agitations for the issue of Marathi language and religion of Maharashtra. The subject of my article is not politics. Raj was firm as the police arrested his party workers, beat them up, banished them and the government took away his police security (which was with him for 17 years). During those turbulent times I happened to interview him once or twice. I was not a friend, but viewing the entire situation unbiased. I, as a professional, realised that what he was saying were his own words. His conviction stood behind him. Secondly, he appeared distraught as his most ordinary party worker was either punished or banished. He was restless till he got them released from the prison. I know of many leaders for whom his party workers have sacrificed themselves but they were not fortunate enough to get any help from their leaders not even a phone call. Raj is an exception.

    Recently he was arrested within a gap of two months. One fine day, from some corner of the country one Bhaiyya gets a warrant issued against Raj. I have seen him watching an animation film and explaining the details keenly to someone or indulging in painting just before he got arrested. I wondered, is he the same Raj Thackeray who became anxious as his party workers were rounded up by the police? Specially the Hindi-English media who was busy calling him names; ‘hooligan’, ‘terrorist’, ‘bully’ and many more to increase their TRP. But Raj was unmoved. He was coolly watching the entire scenario unfolding before his eyes, admiring the anchor or commenting on their mistakes. He never once discussed how the accusations made against him were wrong and baseless. Any other person would have fought back as his issue was isolated and people were spreading venom against him. But there was no trace of restlessness in Raj. He is not in a hurry to give any answers. This kind of perpetual silence is not possible until and unless you are living on your principles or have eternal stoicism. It doesn’t mean Raj has no worries during his agitation. He is worried, as the thought that whether his party workers and leaders understand his stand, gnaws at his head and he bites his nails. He is always apprehensive thinking that his party workers will run after power forgetting the main aim of his party. His friends and close relatives worry about him, but he doesn’t care about himself. Not even about his security. When the whole world stood against him, I have seen him explaining his stand to his party workers saying, ‘we must be the one asking questions to the people. We acted on the behest of our inspiration and it is not necessary to answer each and every question of theirs!’ Raj can be comprehended in times of struggle as any other person or leader will be scared and run like wet chicken in such trying circumstances but Raj can remain stoic. This one quality bestows him with leadership. His charisma doesn’t lie in his struggle but in the endurance he showed during that struggle. Unfortunately, neither his opponents nor his enemies have understood this. Hence they get confused or surprised by his actions.

    Surprisingly, though Raj is a close friend of mine, during his time of struggle I was introduced to a different side of his. What can be said for the others?

  10. Jaywant Patil says:

    http://www.hindustandainik.in/news/181_1956067,000900040001.htm

    Raj Thackeray’s workers sent back to school

    Satyajit Joshi

    Pune, March 22, 2007

    Advertisement

    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray has turned into an academician. With the next Assembly elections in mind, Thackeray opened a training centre for his party workers in Pune, to educate them on various issues concerning Maharashtra.

    Thackeray inaugurated the Maharashtra Samajik Nav Nirman Academy on Monday where workers of MNS will be given training on issues like farmers’ suicides, drought, education in Maharashtra, and culture. The academy will also have a library and a reference section.

    Thackeray said the academy would undertake social, political and economic studies of the 288 Assembly constituencies in the coming days. “Political workers need various reference, research, literature and training, which will be provided at the centre,” Thackeray said.

    “We set up the centre to come out with a blueprint of development of Maharashtra”, Thackeray said, adding that the center will be useful in finding solutions to problems. “I will come out with a solution whenever I criticise the government on a particular issue,” Thackeray said.

    Anil Shidore, director of the center, told HT they had selected a panel of 11 members from various fields as faculty. Shidore said they also plan to train corporators from Mumbai and Pune to update them on various civic issues. Shidore added that elected representatives will also be educated on various legal provisions of the local self-governments.

    According to Shidore, the training programme will not be restricted to MNS workers but will also be available for NGOs, and social and political workers from other parties. “The programme will also deal with how to write a press note, or how to run women’s self-help groups,” said Shidore.

    Deepak Paigude, general secretary of MNS, said selected workers and office-bearers in the 288 Assembly constituencies will be given training in the near future.

  11. Jaywant Patil says:

    Yeah, I agree that raj Thackeray was there in shivsena, when not only this one but there are lot of steps taken by shivsena to grab the North Indian votebank in Mumabi like celebrating Uttar-Pradesh Diwas in Sena-bhavan itsself, Chatt-puja, giving tickets to NI people like Sanjay Nirupam.

    But at that time Raj was just a part of Shivsena, he was not the Main leader. All the last decisions were taken by Shivsena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray.

    And no one can publicly even make a statement againts the decisions taken by Balasaheb.

    But I challenge you that show me a single rally or event which was about this all UP Diwas and Chatpuja or any other events to grab the north indian votebank where Raj Thackeray was present. You will not find a single statement.

    And among the all reasons, this is the very strong reason for Raj that he was not able to do what he wanted to do in SHivsena. Always he got humiliated in Shivsena by the close- associates of Uddhhav.

  12. Jaywant Patil says:

    This is my small endeavor to wake up the marathi manoos and to make aware non-marathis that what exactly the Raj Thackray Ji is…
    Marathi Mansa jaaga Ho !!!

    Today Raj Thackray issue is very hot. All people from north and south, all T.V. Channels, Newspapers have taken stand opposite Raj. Everybody is blaming Raj for violance in Maharashtra and neglecting the issues raised by him. If you all see the history you will find that a Maharashtrian has always helped other people and other states in their problems. maharashtrian was always against violence. Maharashtrian has to start violence because he was neglected by south indians and north indians on all levels whether it is job or business or respect. Many people say that Marathi person dosen’t work hard and have no knowledge. But is is not true. In early 70’s only south indians were rulling on the seats of all public and private company’s management and executive level. These people were giving jobs only to people from their state neglecting local maharashtrian candidate who have equal or more calibre. So Balasaheb Thackeray started campaign against south indians. The mentality of a south indian manager is not yet changed. After 1980 north indians from UP Bihar started shifting to mumbai. Every year the numbers were increasing. Since the people from these states are not well qualified they started all type of low profile work which local marathi people don’t like to do because of good education level and mental block against small business.The people from UP, Bihar started building slums illegally and inviting their relatives to settle down in mumbai. Ignorance by all local municipal officers, political leaders of all parties, corporators, M.L.A’s, M.P.’s towards these increasing slums is responsible for todays situation. A person from UP Bihar works at low rate, does business at low margin and a maharashtrian works at higher rate and sells products at higher margin. But every one has to understand that a u.p., bihari lives illegally, dosent pays any taxes whereas a maharashtrian lives legally and pays all taxes like income tax, house tax, education cess, service tax, vat etc. U P, bihari’s earn more money than marathi persons but spends money on prostitutes in kamathipura, juhu, bhiwandi, ladies bars, eating paan, gutkha, bidi etc. So they are not bichchara or poor. All north indians have made mumbai like a dustbin. Now supreme court should order that all slums after 1990 should be removed irrespective of religion, caste, language. We all maharashtrians will take care of marathi slumwala’s and all others should be returned to either their state or purchase property in mumbai or live in abu asim azmi’s, sanjay nirupam’s, kripashankar’s, gurudas kamat’s home, no problem. In today’s kaliyug marathi persons quality points i.e. helping to others, loyalty, honesty has become hurdles in his self development. Raj has raised the issue. Now it is the duty of all marathi people, political leaders and workers to come together and fight against all. If opposite leaders like laluprasad, nitishkumar, mayawati, amarsingh, paswan come together for up, bihari public why not we for our marathi people.If govt. sends marathis to jail I would like to request all unemployed marathi’s to go to jail so that at least they will get food and place to sleep there. jai Hind !! Jai Maharashtra !!

  13. Jaywant Patil says:

    Railway Recruitment Board aspirants are Brutally Beaten Up !!!

    There is large scale Rioting in Bandra, Kalyan, etc !!!!

    STOP.

    THINK. Why this Situation has come up ???

    The Actual Truth is this :-

    Since Independence India’s States were formed on the Basis of the Local Languages. Logical.
    Since 1976, The employment criteria of the Central Recruitment Board was divided into
    zones as per the General People of India. This division was based on the Local Language of the States.

    Zone-A Bihar, Haryana, HP, MP, Rajasthan, UP, Andaman, Delhi formed the Hindi Speaking Zone.

    Zone-B Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab & Chandigad, the Non Hindi Speaking Zone.

    Zone-C Southern India States like Kerala, Karnataka, etc. & North Eastern States like
    Assam, Mizoram, Bengal etc.

    The Central Employment Rule said that ‘All Exams for Employments in the respective Zones shall
    be Held in the Respective States Only.’ So that the Local People may get the Jobs in their Home Town.
    Very Logical. For 30 Years everything was going Fine.

    But since 1987, there was a Minor Change in the Rule 9 Part 9.2.2, for Zone -B Jobs. And this
    was made a Rule since 1988. This change was that ‘As an optional Language of employement, People of Zone-A
    can Apply for Jobs in Zone-B.’ This opened up doors of Employement for All Zone-A aspirants in Zone-B areas.

    But with this Clause there was a Sub-Clause, stating ‘ The Notice of Jobs in Zone-B areas for Zone-A
    aspirants, May be given in Zone-A Areas only.’ Because of this, Recruitment Notices for Jobs in Maharashtra, etc.
    are Displayed Only in states like UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, etc. But these Notices are Seldom displayed in Newspapers
    of Maharashtra, etc.

    So this time, for the 3000 Railway Posts in Maharashtra, 12000 Aspirants came from Zone-A areas.
    The Result of this is that, the Un-employed of Maharashtra is Remaining Un-employed. This will surely lead to
    Suicides in Due Course.

    Many Parties over these years Requested the Central Recruitment Board to Cancel this Clause.
    But this was Not done. The Result of this is, the Large Scale Beating Up and Rioting Today. This violent
    means is Not Correct. But has there been any choice Left today ???

    This mail is Not to Justify Violence, but to show to you how some Politicians, by Modifying some Rules,
    have Subtly ensured that their Constituency people get Better Employements. Why should all these Politicians
    hold rallies in Maharashtra ???

    How will anything be done, as all these Years people like Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan
    and Lalu Prasad Yadav are the Railway Ministers. Today many TCs, Booking Clerks, GRP, in the Mumbai Railways
    are from Zone-A areas. Today Many New Trains have been started to these States. Holiday Specials & Garib Raths
    are also run specially for these States. This is a Fact.

    What Should Be Done ;- College Admissions and Employments should be Given on the Basis of Domicile
    Certificates. I remember in 1991, when I was applying for College Admissions I was asked to produce
    a Domicile Cert. But after my Batch this Rule was Relaxed. 17 years down the line we are Witnessing
    the Result of All this.

    Agreed, 10% Out of Maharashtra People may be Allowed. But First Think of the Sons of Soil. This should
    be applicable Not Only in Maharashtra, but also in other States.

  14. Iindian_in_us says:

    A murder case has been filed against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray in a Bihar court on Friday, official sources said in Patna.Jagdish Prasad, father of Pawan Kumar, killed by the MNS activists in Mumbai, has filed this case under section 302 against Raj Thackeray.

    The case has been filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Bihar Sharief, Nalanda. Pawan, a resident of Bara-Khurd village in Nalanda, was one of the hundreds of students from Bihar assaulted while appearing for a railway recruitment exam in Mumbai.

    However, Mumbai Railway Police Commissioner A K Sharma has described it as an accidental death. “Pawan tried to board a running train holding on to the rod as the picked up speed. He kept holding the rod of the running train. Suddenly his legs slipped between the train and the platform and both his legs were run over,” Sharma said.

    Pawan had come to Mumbai to take an exam being conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board. His examination centre being located at Bhayander, he was attempting to board a Virar local from Andheri when the accident occurred. It may be recalled that once before too Raj Thackeray has been accused of complicity in the death of Ramesh Kini in 1996, a resident of suburban Matunga.

    Kini died under mysterious circumstances in a theatre at Pune amidst allegations of political pressure. Mumbai had police charged Raj Thackeray, then a Shiv Sena leader, with the conspiracy leading to Kini’s death. His widow Shiela Kini had alleged that her husband was murdered because one of Raj’s ‘friends’ wanted the flat in which they lived. And Kini refused to sell cheap. She had stated that landlords Laxmichand Shah and his son Suman, friends of Raj Thackeray, had brought pressure on them to vacate the flat occupied by them in Laxmi Nivas. She recalled in depth the events leading to her husband’s death.

    However, the widow withdrew the allegations later. Raj Thackeray was exonerated him from the charges. Raj’s friends, Laxmichand Shah and his son Suman, were charged along with Ashuthosh Rane, a Vidyarthi Sena leader.Altogether 130 witnesses were cited by the prosecution in this case. Laxmichand and Suman were charged with section 306 IPC (abetment of suicide), section 386 IPC (extortion by putting victim in fear of death) read with section 34 IPC (common intention) and section 120-b IPC (conspiracy).

    They were tried in the court of law but were acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge S.P. Nikam for ‘want of evidence’.

    Two years later, Ramesh Chheda, also living in the same building died mysteriously. This death was taken up by Chhagan Bhujbal, once in Shiv Sena. He had said that,`This suicide case is very serious. It is known that Ramesh Chheda was helping Sheila Kini, widow of Ramesh Kini, in the court cases. Chheda was threatened by unidentified people and his suicide was linked with the Ramesh Kini case.”

    RAJ SUPPORTERS WHAT DO YOU SAY ON THIS?

  15. Pingback: राज – उध्दव आणि फडताळातली भुतं.. « काय वाट्टेल ते…

  16. I found kayvatelte.wordpress.com very informative. The article is professionally written and I feel like the author knows the subject very well. kayvatelte.wordpress.com keep it that way.

  17. Thanks for the comment!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s