Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Divide and Rule

Quote from Raj Thackeray “if she had so much love for Hindi, then she and her family members, including her husband Amitabh, could work in "advertisements and films in Uttar Pradesh".

Excuse me Mr Thackeray, if you know she and her family is working in HINDI film industry and making film for whole of India and not just Maharashtra. She is here because (may be unfortunately) the HINDI film industry was set up in Bombay. I hope your next demand is not that all Bollywood films will be in Marathi and not in Hindi, or does that mean that people who love Marathi should act only in Marathi films

“Jaya Bachchan owe an apology to Maharashtrians, whose sentiments she has hurt” – who are you to decide that she has hurt sentiments of people, are you really a representative of all Maharashtrians. Maharashtra has appointed a government to represent them. Let it decide who owes apology to whom

And you talking of hurting sentiments, you are doing it every day – you are hurting sentiments of the whole nation, but no apologies from your side

What about those people who have lived all their lives in Mumbai, swear to be mumbaikars, wanted to be in Mumbai forever, one day they wake up in the morning to know they are “outsiders”. Do they do not deserve an apology?

This is just “Divide and rule”, the old tried and tested strategy for centuries in India. When will we stop falling prey to it? I don’t think ever, and people like Raj Thackeray continue to rule


At September 10, 2008 3:03 PM, Blogger Shweta said...

I was also very incensed when I read what Raj Thackarey said (and keep on saying).
Actually, I get more worried and sad when I see people around me (yes some of my marathi friends too), actually being influenced. They won't say that directly but it seems very apparent that they agree somewhat to Thackeray's stand. (No, it's not Chetan, he is out and out against Raj Thackeray). What fears me most is the power all divisive politics has over people's minds. They know that Bombayites in general resent their difficult life-style. And, these guys give them a target to vent their resentment upon, in this case north-indians, in shiv-sena case, the muslims. Such a strategy, which takes advantage of people's dissatisfaction is very powerful. And, unfortunately even educated people fall prey to it.

At September 10, 2008 3:25 PM, Blogger Shweta said...

You know what... sometimes I feel like a jew in germany :-|

At October 12, 2008 5:33 PM, Blogger Aditya said...

well said
simply superb


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