Friday, November 20, 2009

Forget regionalism, unite as Hindus: Thackeray -

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    • Only a few days ago, he reprimanded Sachin Tendulkar for saying, "Mumbai belongs to Indians." But on Thursday, the Shiv Sena chief himself advocated nationalism. He appealed to the Hindus all over India to set aside their regional differences and unite to combat the "calamity of Islam."
    • Thackeray, who admits to being a "staunch Hindu", had once suggested that a memorial of Mangal Pandey, the hero of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, be erected at the disputed area in Ayodhya. However, on Thursday he said that Sena would complete building the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He claimed credit for the makeshift Ram temple that is there now in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna. "Ayodhya today has a Ram temple just because of the Shiv Sena. The Sena will fulfil its promise of completing the temple by building its dome," he stated.
    • Thackeray came down heavily on Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi for his "desire to rebuild the Babri Masjid". He said, "The Sena still has the guts to shatter his dreams of rebuilding Babri. The country is being crushed by a Muslim python... In this country, there are Marathis, Bengalis, Gujaratis, Kannadigas, Assamese and Hindis. But are there Hindus? Instead of unifying, they have decided to spill the blood of their Hindu brothers in the name of regionalism.
    • "We must stand together as Hindus to fight this Islamic attack. Otherwise, our future generations will be seen offering namaaz instead of celebrating Dussehra and Diwali.