"Khabardaar, Marathila hath laval tar…"

This is what Bal Thackeray has to say to BMC through his newspaper – Samna editorial section. Read More Here.

“Khabardaar, Marathila hath laval tar…” roars Bal Thackeray in his editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna today.

Thackeray warns all Sena corporators to be very particular about speaking in Marathi and said he would not be lenient with people who do not.

“We will not tolerate any language other than Marathi in the BMC,” said Thackeray.

His statement comes a week after Congress corporator and leader of the Opposition in the BMC, Rajhans Singh’s proposal.

‘If you are a lion, we are tigers’

I know this has been a touchy topic since the last couple of weeks. Trust me I have no qualms about retaining the Maharashtrian roots and culture and preference opportunities and all that. After all you definetly need to get more opportunities at your own home land otherwise were else will u get. If Gujjus can promote their Gujju brethrens with joint family venture businesses and Marawaris can stick to their Marwari brethrens to set up numerous baniye ka dukaan. So why cant Marathi’s have more opportunities at their very own land? But what I do not support or agree with is the approach of the toothless tiger and his cubs addressing this issue.

Frankly speaking Thackeray Sr, who is nicknamed as the toothless tiger is simply just one. And with such comments in his newspapers its just like the old guy giving a couple of grunt and feeble roars to let the other know that after all he is a tiger, doesn’t matter that fact that he is toothless and useless. This also goes for his cub Raj Thackeray too.

Further Thackeray in his editorial suggests that Hindi-speaking people visit the South first before coming to Mumbai because that’s how they would realise that people were very particular about their mother tongue. ANd refer to Karunanidhi government in Tamil Nadu sent a circular to all schools, two days ago, to make Tamil compulsory from Std I.

Duh-uh why cant we press on that subject here more rather than giving all fart and no shit threats.

Instead the guy should be aggressively fighting to revive the Marathi culture, to increase the quota for Maharashtrians in government jobs, school admissions etc. My 2 cents to the toothless tiger: Its high time u take a break from polit6ics and go back sketching cartoons which were more effective in conveying messages to the society.

P.S Now let me calrify again that I have nothing against Marathis and the idea of them getting more oppurtunites. But I hate Thackeray’s idealogyies and approach towards the issue.

3 Comments so far

  1. IdeaSmith (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

    *Groan* Does it seem to you like the land we’re living on is being fought over like a piece of meat by two hungry cats?

  2. Yash Desai (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    So you are actually promoting the quota system which has so far been the bane of India. How shameful.

  3. bbay (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

    There must be a differnt yard stick to measure if there should be a quota! I know rural area suffer at times but lets see.

    BTW guys i just started a citizen journalism website. Would be great if you can visit and write or report on it. Its called Taza Kino (i wonder what it should be called in Marhati) http://india.tazakino.com

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