When Bal Thackeray passed away, I remember being thoroughly amused by the huge amounts of sympathy being poured out on social media. Not by Maharashtrians, or those who enjoyed any real benefits from living under his regime. But by people who grew up elsewhere, and were in no way affected by his policies, principles, or tenures.
I still don’t understand the Shiv Sena’s contribution to nation-building. I remember being enraged that a teenage girl was arrested on the basis of a Facebook post condemning the blocking of roads. I mean, if your greatness is shaken by a teenager’s Facebook post…
But one of the points raised by the fanboys was that Bal Thackeray was a strong leader who ‘stood up to Pakistan’. An interesting choice of words, because in India, when people say Pakistan, they surreptitiously mean ‘Muslims’. But even ignoring that, how really did Bal Thackeray stand up to Pakistan?
Did he personally pick, train, and send a specialist team of commandos to Pakistan? Did he bring into place groundbreaking policy and advocacy that changed people’s lives? Did he alter the fabric of the nation through his thoughts, ideas and laws?
What the Shiv Sena did essentially, was throw a fit of tantrum. Remember that fat kid in school who would throw his geometry box around? Shiv Sena was that kid. Throughout their inception, they have run hate campaigns against communities, ethnicities, regions and languages. They have instituted a culture of beating people up, threatening them with dire consequences, and holding up law and order because Democracy is merely a cow from their father’s village.
Shiv Sena celebrates 50 years in 2016, and their history is studded with a range of ‘outsider villains’ – Communists in the 60s, ‘Madrasis’ in the 70s, UP-Biharis in this decade, and Pakistanis since their inception. Bal Thackeray has been indicted in criminal activities, provoking violence and riots, and yet, the man went to jail just once. A party that was created to uphold the interests of the local Marathis of Bombay, has become a backstreet bully without a sense of humour. How ironic that their founder started his career as a political cartoonist!
And when their voice isn’t heard, they go about behaving like a 4 year old girl on cocaine – break shops, smash hotels, vandalise media outlets – just do whatever the fuck they want till people listen to you. And if they don’t give in to your tantrums, just dig up the cricket pitch where the Test match is to be played. I mean, who benefited from that act?
This went on for decades, and has slowly seeped into other states and organisations too. The idea of violent protests has become a part of our mainstream. Take for instance the recent protests by Gujjars for reservations, or Kannadigas for Cauvery water. Or the true heir of Bal Thackeray – the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena – the only political party in the world with its foundations built on the principles of Sunny Deol in Ghayal. The modus operandi is one that is patented by the Shiv Sena – smash public property like it is your own advance dowry supply.
These dudes have spent their entire political journey smashing things up. When was the last time you heard an MNS politician make a sensible statement? Or bring about any change in any real way? All these guys do is fret and burn, fuss and smash – just a bunch of pusillanimous dickheads.
It is shocking that no party ever takes any action against them. The Congress party didn’t do it because their entire bunch of leaders were doing Lingaabhishekam to Rahul Gandhi. And the ruling BJP won’t do it because it won’t get them 1700 gazillion dollars investment from Germany.
Why do we tolerate political parties like the Shiv Sena and MNS? Why do we give them the freedom to do what they please with the country? May be because we as a race are passive, we let things be. Which is why they know they can get away with it. What else could be the reason?
We have a fully functional police force, judiciary, law and order system, and yet nobody stands up to these bullies. It’s a democracy, motherfuckers! Not Raj Thackeray’s Bachelor Party. Who is he to decide that every film producer should pay 5 crores to the Army fund? I mean, what the fuck is going on?
MNS is a fringe party in Maharashtra, has no fucking role in our nation as such – why do we accord them so much importance? The Shiv Sena has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 3 in the Rajya Sabha. Guess how many seats the MNS won in the 2014 Assembly Elections?
Bobby Deol has double the number of hits in his career. Why are these parties taken so seriously? In spite of laws against vandalism, against disrupting the peace of the land, no party ever takes any action against them. Arnab Goswami never calls an MNS leader to his show because that would require actual balls – living, pumping sockets of scrotum that are not needed when you bring people to your show and shout at them.
The legacy of Bal Thackeray, for all his achievements, will essentially remain the firm entrenchment of chaos politics in India. Of letting loose goons on the road to silence and scare people – the lowliest form of realpolitik that one can adopt in the 21st century.
For all their hatred of Pakistan and Muslim countries, the Shiv Sena and MNS are the closest resemblance to Islamic fundamentalism in India. Their ideology is driven from the same racial superiority that makes Pakistan the failed state that it is today. It’s high time someone spoke up against these bullies. Showed them their negligible position in the nation’s scheme of things.
You might sit silent today. You might be too far removed from their politics in everyday life. But the poison of mob frenzy spreads quickly. And before you know it, a dumbass is smashing your car because Bipasha Basu’s cat ate fish on Karva Chauth.
You can choose to remain silent. But I’m going to say it.
Dear Shiv Sena and MNS,
You guys are high school bullies who refuse to grow up. You pick on the weakest, the outsiders, the fragile, simply because nobody wants to bother commenting on your brainless antics. You guys are fucking pussies.