The Shiv Sena is in dire need of a reality check. Don Corleone is freezing in his coffin hearing a meek Uddhav Thackeray telling his boys, ‘Well done.’ The muscle Sainik poured ink on the face of noted journalist Sudheendra Kulkarni in protest against the book launch of former Pakistani Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri but the arm twisting method boomeranged on their own face. The book launch took place and Mumbaikars were up in arms to uphold democracy in India.
For sure, it was a black day in cosmopolitan Mumbai and the secular democracy-increasingly being under attack by bigots-that India is. For the record, this hooliganism and thuggish Sena method they are famous for, didn’t have any effect as it failed to thwart the book launch. It’s been more than 20 years that Shiv Sena is playing the same old fascist game and has time and again proved that the party has become irrelevant now. No wonder, Shiv Sena will always remain a regional party and can never aspire to go national through its feeble attempt by shouting on rooftops that it’s a national move on account of the death of Indian soldiers on the border.
First and foremost, agree that Pakistan is playing a very dangerous game on the border by violating the peace process but it’s another debate. The Shiv Sena is claiming that they are defending the country but their thugs blackened the national flag sported on Kulkarni’s shirt. After all, what kind of nationalism is that? The truth is that Sainiks are trapped in regional politics and the argument that they have the right to protest in whichever way doesn’t hold ground since they know that it has fallen flat on their face.
Secondly, the claim that the people of Mumbai and/or Maharashtrians are supporting them is ludicrous. How does the Sena know that the people in Mumbai are supporting their thuggish, intolerant and disgusting act? It’s high time for them to get a reality check that the youth in Maharashtra are more concerned with jobs, night outs and peace as well as end to black outs and water woes. Had Sainiks been concerned for its people, it would have done something for farmers’ in Vidharbha, water logging that happens every monsoon and preventing terror attacks that put in jeopardy the lives of Mumbaikars.
Third, I can find some common ground between Shiv Sena and the kind of movies made by Sooraj Bharjatya’s anthem, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ who keep doling out the same rubbish at some point in every decade. Such kind of 90s stuffs doesn’t work in the digital era and with Sainiks around, book authors don’t need to invest money in marketing and PR exercise. Half the job is done by Sainik and Kasuri will soon be laughing all the way to the bank.
It was a golden opportunity for the Shiv Sena to reinvent themselves with Aditya Thackeray representing the new generation and Congress being wiped out in Maharashtra. Sadly, this party is still trapped in ‘Disco Deewane’ type of music and type writers, being out of sync with aspirations of Mumbaikars. They have failed to realize the ABCD of politics, aspirations and life style. A young generation of Maharashtrians don’t find themselves in tune with such goonda gardi and this party shall remain in the dumps. Mumbai is better without the Shiv Sena and last year’s assembly election result is still eluding the Sainiks. A failed version of Godfather with Udhav-Aditya failure to play Corleone family and even Ram Gopal Verma and his Aag would make better sense than them. Change the music, folks.