Mumbai burns, strikes and closes down
Mumbai is ablaze. Some news channel called its “Mumbai Held Hostage”. And all because a statue of a prominent political leader’s dead wife was smeared with mud. Is it that simple to instigate riots in Mumbai. Followed by a bandh(strike)?? Shiv Shen has demanded a bandh all over Mumbai and have already forced a Bandh in Dadar, after burning a tourist bus. But ofcourse, most of you reading this already know this.
This reminds me of one thing my journalism professor had told us. This professor was covering the ’92 riots, and along with a horde of other reporters was waiting outside Bal Thakeray’s residence for an interview, an answer or even just a comment. When finally he decided to grace them with his presence, all the reporters had only one question to ask him, “How is the situation outside in the streets being handled??”, “What is being done to quell the riots and the violence??”
“Sarv kahi barobar ahes. Sarv kahi niyantranas aahe. Sagda kahi shantah aahe”, is what the great politico stated calmly.
Meaning : Everything is fine. Everything is in control. All areas are calm now.
All the reporters protested to this and said that they had just been out on the field and had seen buses and cars burning, tear gas bombs being flung about and children and adults dying left, right and center. But he again, calmly repeated his statement.
Its the same man in question now.
A theory supplied by one dependable senior Police Inspector is that since Raj Thakeray and Narayan Rane has left the party, there has been a dearth of power. Hence the Shiv Seniks are doing such things to assert thier power in Mumbai. This also justifies what happened a little while ago. A few days back come Shiv Seniks had plonked themselves right between Churchgate Station and were chanting away “Ekadashi Hymns”. They were in three huge circles blocking a fair amount of the walkway.
If this is not the case and the riot has broken out because of actual, plausible reasons then is this all that takes to trigger violence and city strikes in Mumbai. As a child, I used to try and think up of reasons to get my school to go on strike during exams, I wish this had struck me then!!