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End of an Era

The end also eclipses an era and all enmities. With the end of Bal Thackeray, ends an era. Though over-hyped by Marathas and his cronies and cohorts, the man had a few admirable qualities. It was the kind of religion-based polarised politics that came into being, thanks to Bal Thackery and then perpetuated by his less charismatic and over-ambitious nephew, Raj. A mediocre cartoonist, he later held the bayonet of hatred towards a community he’d visceral antagonism against. If Bombay somewhat lost its cosmopolitan image and got vitiated on the basis of religion, ethnicity, language and all other pettiness, it’s because of people like Bal Thackeray who knew only one language: the language of rabid hatred. Bal was a demagogue who laboured under the misconception that not just Bombay, but the entire Maharashtra was his fiefdom. May his soul rest in peace.         
 
MG comment: I think he was less than a “rabid Hindu”. After all, he also targetted Hindus from the south, UP and Bihar. He created a small fiefdom for himself exploiting the sentiments of the gullible Marathas but failed them too. Mumbai and Maharashtra need investments and labour from outside and he was against both. Apart from rabble-rousing and creating a mafia-like party, he and his party have nothing to show in the fields of education and industry. Look at Mulayam Singh Yadav who has tirelessly worked these past few decades to convert the Yadavs into a vibrant community active now in all fields from education to industry. (ZIK)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2012 on page no. 2

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