Sunday, September 05, 2010

Is this what you want Mr. Thakrey?

I have always opined on various issues. Whether it is discrimination against Indians in Australia or Indians in India. Living away from home, it is very easy to read something and fight over it on the internet.
I buzzed about an article in TOI a few days ago that documented the amazingly foolish verbal garbage that the MNS leader seems to dispense from time to time. Little did I know that this time, I am going to get to hear about the 'taste of Raj's own venom' so close to home.
One of my mother's staff members from Maarc Labs Pvt.Ltd., Pune, was bashed black and blue in Simbholi, UP, solely for being a Maharashtrian. He had to spend a week in the hospital.
Milind Paingikar, an engineer who comes from a village near Kolhapur was at the Simbholi Sugar Mills in Uttar Pradesh to carry out a quality control training for the chemists. He was mobbed by a group of goons and bashed unconscious as soon as they found out that he is from Maharashtra.
He recovered from his injuries and came back, only to confess that he is not going to give up his job just because he was beaten up. He is determined to go back to Uttar Pradesh again and continue with his work. He said that the beating did not hurt as much as the pain of being targeted as a Maharashtrian. It is brave of Milind to come back with a new courage but this could also have led to something else.
I don't want to go into a gross generalization but if a young Marathi man, coming from exactly the kind of "humble" background that Mr.Thakrey describes has to go through something so unexpectedly violent for no fault of his own, is Thakrey's propaganda really working?
Linguistic, religious and economic polarization should be stopped. Period.
Indians need to collaborate with other Indians. Any entrepreneur will know the value of nationwide networking.
We have to see through this as Indians and not let political polarization get to the streets, for that will only hurt the innocent.


Deep said...

is Thakrey's propaganda really working?>> The short answer is NO.

He also knows that it will not work! Saee, people may see some kinda Karishma in him but that will not last forever. + If he is willing to do something for the people (it's people not of a cast,or particular religion...)then & then only he may get some kind of respect!

Rajeev said...

Saee, It is so naaive of politicians not to think of the broader perspects of their doings. Raj is fire brand and is trying to gain popularity in Maharashtra/ Mumbai first, that done he might mellow down.
Whu UP? We used to have trouble convincing natives in Gulf when there used to be similar Hundu exremist reports in media.
On the other hand, its not only Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and other 2nd tier cities are also facing migrant influx. As such, Raj's support will only widen.
The change and the reaction is inevitable. Whether in Maharashtra or UP. It is a question of debate whether the migrants pollute the fabric or enrich the new environment where they find opportunity and settle down.