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Shiv Sena reprimands Hindu radicals, says don’t stifle dissent


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mumbai: Radical Hindu outfits have been strongly criticized by Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, Saamna, for suffocating opposition in the country, as manifested by the assassination of Kannada scholar M. M. Kalburgi.

saamnaSanjay Raut, Saamna Executive Editor, in a signed article on Sunday stated that Kalburgi, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Communist activist Govind Pansare had every right to air their views. In the article, Raut said that an attack on freedom of speech is comparable to destroying the “soul of the country’s freedom.”

According to political experts, this stand of Saamna regarding freedom of speech is highly contrasting with the numerous assaults by the party on writers and media personalities during the Bal Thackeray era.

Citing examples of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iraq, which have been regular witnesses to such killings, Saamna stated that India will have to forfeit its right to criticize Talibani excesses, if eradication of dissidents is carried out in the country in the name of Hindutva. The saffron morninger went on to say that the use of venomous language and killing old and unarmed individuals should be seen as the defeat of  the Bhagwat Dharma and Hindu religion… It’s an act of cowardice; Hindu religion says that those without weapons should not be attacked.

“Some political forces, have been backing these extremist outfits… They think that they have proprietorial rights over Shivaji and Sambhaji. Up until now these groups were content issuing statements. Now, they have become fearsome,” Saamna said and urged the Hindu radicals to direct their spleen on Hafeez Sayed in Pakistan and Owaisi brothers in the state.

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It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

Politics in India might lead to a sinking democracy.

One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali