04 December, 2020

The Hypnotist Gestures

The credit for Thackeray's still being such a political force lies in not with him but with his adversaries.

The Hypnotist Gestures

CONTRARY to popular perception that the loss of the Maharashtrian middle class base will prove disastrous to Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, I think he might still be able to reconsolidate his position. His withdrawal from a final confrontation with the bjp is being interpreted as giving in to that party and other adversaries and it is said that Thackeray will politically suffer because of that; it is being seen as the end of the Shiv Sena. But I'm not so sure. Thackeray has often gone back on his positions and each time it was interpreted as his end. But he has consistently survived all situations -not because of his merits but because of the demerits of his adversaries.

First of all, I do not think he has surrendered on the cricket issue. If at all, his is a calculated surrender. He has scored his point and for that reason probably he is no more interested in pushing it through, for now. Thackeray has certainly established that he counts, not just with Maharashtra but also with the Centre.

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