04 December, 2020

Growing Megalomania

Growing Megalomania

NOTHING better illustrates the Shiv Sena’s careless departure from its moorings than the change in perception of Maharashtra’s ‘first’ family. The Thackerays will claim they’ve always lived this way, Heineken and all. But....

Thackeray, who promised the moon for Marathi manus (sons of the soil), is so visibly comfortable with businessmen, industrialists and filmstars, that even Saamna had to ask if he wasn’t distancing himself from the masses. (His reply: "No.") The gravitation of the Thackerays—Bal, Raj and Uddhav—towards the high and mighty may fit Danish scholar Thomas Hansen’s theory of the Sena as a party that fulfills dreams of power and social mobility. But....

The manner in which the Thackerays are trying to leave their imprint on Mumbai—the city which gave them the first taste of power in 1985—is raising hackles all around. "They are acting as if they own this place," say angry citizens.

A flyover near the tiger’s lair has been named after his father,...



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