Posted on January 17, 2010. Filed under: POLITICS | Tags: , , , , , , |

In the aftermath of the allegedly racially motivated attacks on Indians down under, the Shiv Sena supremo has warned that cricket players from Australia would not be welcomed in India.

Shiv Sena as a political party is a spent force despite the arguments of its supporters. So is the case with Bal Thackeray.His nephew started a political party which seems to be the main cause for the coming back to power of Congress and its allies in the last Assembly elections in Maharashtra.Raj Thackeray the nephew of Bal Thackeray has put into use the tried and tested tools that originally created a base for Shiv Sena. So in a desperate bid to regain the glory days and be in the news, Bal Thackeray has issued this warning to the Australian cricketers.

The Shiv Sena is nothing new to these things and in the past when a tour of Pakistan was to start, a cricket pitch was damaged in Mumbai. It took many years for the team across the borders to play cricket on a bilateral basis.

The attacks whether racist or not, need to be condemned. There is a need to seek answers from the Australian government over these incidents.

But the warning from Bal Thackeray needs to taken with a lot of salt. He is someone who seems to be very concerned with the plight of the Indians in Australia. At the same time, he does always espouse the cause of the ‘Marathi Manoos’ at the expense of non Marathis in Maharashtra. Well, Mr.Thackeray, how can you justify the attacks on non-Marathis in Maharashtra when you lend sympathies to the Indians in Australia? It is a common fact that the Shiv Sena and the outfit floated by Raj Thackeray do argue that most of the ills faced by Maharashtra are due to the large influx of people from other states of India. A similar argument is also on cards from the Australians.

Originally it were the South Indians, especially the people from Tamil Nadu who faced the wrath of the Shiv Sena.Now, it is the turn of the people from the northern parts of the country-people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.It is the ultimate hypocrisy on part of the Shiv Sena to question the attacks on Indians abroad when Indians cannot move freely within their own country.

There are states in India where the purchase of property by ‘outsiders’-those coming from other states is prohibited by law. This is euphemistically carried out in the name of protecting the interests of the locals. This comes at a time when India and its leaders call for a level playing field in the context of international matters.

It is another matter altogether that in states like Assam the influx of foreign nationals has been going on with the active support of major political parties. A foreign national could secure all the credentials and went on to become a Member of the Parliament.

It is time that Mr.Thackeray should stop calling someone black when he is not at all different.


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