Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Every Indian language is a great one: Rediff.com India News

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    • Tarun Vijay on what the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's show of power in the state assembly on Monday means for India [ Images ].

      If anybody wants to know why a handful of Britishers could rule us for so many years, they must study Raj Thackeray's [ Images ] ascendancy.

      He is just not an enemy to the grand Maratha culture, but an anti-pan Indian vision who has given credibility to a politics promoted by hate and communal strife.

      Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi must thank Raj profusely for enabling him to enjoy the support of the state's gullible Hindi-speaking people who think here is a man in Maharashtra who stood for their language.

      What an irony, and what a joke!

    • All four MNS legislators won from erstwhile Shiv Sena [ Images ] strongholds. It shows that the emphasis on raising the volume and playing the 'victim' card riding on sectarian issues helps small regional parties in an atmosphere where the major players are unable to attract people's support on larger issues.

      When one national player, the Congress party, began helping Raj to take on its arch rivals in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ], it was playing a dangerous game like it did in the late 1970s and mid-1980s when it promoted Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and placated Muslim extremists respectively.

      Such steps may help momentarily, but in the long run they prove acidic for the nation's social fabric and damage the party playing with such fire.

    • Tarun Vijay is the Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation.