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Mumbai vs Bombay

Posted in Political, Social by outfielder on February 11, 2010

Today I was reading yet another article on the ongoing “Marathi Manoos” movement in Mumbai (or Bombay…do you really care?). The so called leaders of this movement –Shiv Sena and MNS (Bal/Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackray respectively), are separately trying their best to own this fight for “Marathi Manoos”. I remember distinctly that one of my friends while describing Maharashtra casually said that it’s a rashtra within rashtra, however the Thackeray’s have taken it a bit too seriously.  According to them, Maharashtra is for Marathis and the people from rest of the India should go out from their country i.e Maharashtra, as they are stealing jobs and other resources. I completely agree and respect the first part: that Maharashtra is for Marathis, however it’s hard to digest that people from rest of India should be secluded from being a part of Maharashtra. Our constitution has given the right to every citizen to work or live in any part of the country, and each and every person living in India must respect it. Are the Thackerays trying to say that a state is bigger than our Constitution? Also, are they suggesting that all Marathi Manoos all over the world leave their jobs and go back to Maharashtra, as certainly they are also stealing jobs and resources in other countries?

Mumbai is known for its cosmopolitan status. The Mumbaikars brag that Mumbai is their very own Manhattan.  I live in New York but I have never seen the New Yorkers asking non New Yorkers to get out from their city. You know why? Simply because it’s their identity and they are proud of it. And the same goes with Mumbaikars. Most of them, whether Marathi or non Marathi, respect their culture of accepting people from all parts of country, which in turn makes Mumbai such a fascinating city. People of all religions and ethnicities have for years now made the city their home and carved a niche for themselves. No matter how much one hates the city for its pollution, its fast lifestyle and its claustrophobic atmosphere, yet the city has almost always managed to charm people and they eventually fall in love with the city that is often their surrogate home.

And what the Thackerays are doing goes completely against the very ideology of Mumbai. And the ways they are running this pretentious movement is also not bringing any charms.  The whole movement, led by the Thackerays, is on the foundation of violence and intimidation. They kill people, burn buses, and call bandhs. And who is suffering from all this – the common people of Maharashtra, which to remind the Thackerays, include Marathi Manoos too.

Also it make me very upset that how these people cater common man in the name of culture and religion (if they belief in either of the two). What these people fail to accept is the fact that as our human society evolves, our culture cannot be measured from periods of time extending into centuries. It needs modifications and refinements. As globalization sweeps across the world and bring us closer, homogenization is the price it will extract and we cannot escape from this. Therefore it’s better to accept this reality, instead of creating predicaments for development of the society.

Finally, it is important to recognize that these mean politicians thrive on us, the common people. They are no less than a bunch of parasites that use us to satisfy their own cravings. And if we become easy prey for them then we can’t blame them-that’s the rule of nature.

Just for fun- (Forwarded by one of my friends)

If we accept the Thackareys ideologies then-

1. We should teach our kids that if he is second in class, don’t study harder… just beat up the student coming first and throw him out of the school.

2. At every state border, buses, trains, flights should be stopped and staff changed to local men.

3. Parliament should have only Delhiites as it is located in Delhi.

4. Visits to Taj Mahal should be restricted to people from UP only.

5. Relief for farmers in Maharashtra should not come from centre because that is the money collected as Tax from whole of India, so why should it be given to someone in Maharashtra?

6. Let’s support kashmiri Militants because they are right to kill and injure innocent people for benifit of their state and community.

7. Use of trains transportation should only be a privilege for Bengali people… as Railway Minister is from Bengal.


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  1. liberalcynic said, on February 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I see your point, the Thackerays are using the common man, and he is getting used. It is important for people to realize that Mumbai is what it is because of the contributions of Maharashtrians and non-Maharashtrians alike.
    However, there is little being said about the rigging of PMT exams and other government entrance exams in favor of North Indians. That happens too. Not to mention the fact that UP and Bihar are not developing much at all. Cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Baddi, Surat, Amritsar, Chandigarh etc are growing exponentially. Lucknow and Kanpur are showing modest growths at best. No city in Bihar can be boasted about right now. If the underdeveloped areas of India keep exporting their least skilled people to other places, we can never have true development. The governments of UP and Bihar (if they want true progress) can develop special economic zones, reduce tax and interest on loans for small entrepreneurs and basically encourage business. Why aren’t there many call centers in UP or Bihar? How much money does it take really?

    All in all, if you have a private organization run with your own money, you can grant or deny permission to anyone. The politicians have no right to limit the entry of legal Indian citizens in any government-aided or government owned organization.

    • outfielder said, on February 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      I agree with you liberalcynic, that the lack of good governance or political will in UP and Bihar (the main cause of these migration), cannot be overshadowed by the ugly MNS/Shiv-Sena movement. They have to be more responsible for the people of their states. However answer to this critical situation should not be decided by violence and intimidation nor by jingoistic expression of Marathi pride. The matter can only be best resolved by stopping “insulting states” game and making the consensus through dialogs, however, it certainly require a more intellectual approach from various political parties.

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