03 December, 2020

Time To Face The Music

The show over, the Shiv Sena may reap a political cyclone

Time To Face The Music
outlookindia.com
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WHEN the Congress talks about the cyclone that hit Mumbai, they mean one called Michael Jackson. And much to their glee, no demonstration could have done the damage that the controversial Jacko did.

 He stormed through the city, leaving a trail of devastation around Shiv Sena precincts. The saffron flags in and around the venue of the Jackson show, the Thackeray family and Chief Minister Manohar Joshi prominently placed in the crowd that Jackson wowed on Friday evening, should have been dream publicity. But not for a saffron party promoting the interests of Hindutva and the sons of the soil. And they have to now deal with the backlash. They have to find answers for not just encouraging videshi culture, but actually trying to earn money from it. 

Last week, the state cabinet spared Wizcraft, the organisers and promoters of the Jackson show, Rs 11.58 crore in entertainment tax. The decision was taken unopposed and in two minutes flat. The government’s excuse: the organisers of the show, presented it to them as a ‘classical...

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