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Why I can’t pay tribute to Thackeray

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
November 20:

Markandey Katju

Muppadhu kodi mugamudayal
Enil maipuram ondrudayal
Ival Seppumozhi padhinetudayal
Enil Sindhanai ondrudayal
(This Bharatmata has 30 crore faces
But her body is one
She speaks 18 languages
But her thought is one)

Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi
Bhedad gana vinauyanti bhinnah supajapah paraih
Tasmat samghatayogesu prayateran ganah sada
(Republics have been destroyed because of internal divisions among the people;
Hence a republic should always strive to achieve unity and good relations among the people)

Mahabharat, Shanti Parva, chapter 108, shloka 14
Tesam anyonyabhinnanam svauaktim anutisthatam
Nigrahah panditaih karyah ksipram eva pradhanatah
(Therefore the wise authorities should crush the separatist forces trying to assert their strength)
Mahabharat, Shanti Parva, 108:26

Political leaders, film stars, cricketers, etc. are all falling over one another to pay tribute to the late Bal Thackeray. Amidst this plethora of accolades and plaudits pouring in from the high and mighty, I humbly wish to register my vote of dissent.

I know of the maxim De mortuis nil nisi bonum (of the dead speak only good), but I regret I cannot, since I regard the interest of my country above observance of civil proprieties.

What is Bal Thackeray’s legacy?

It is the anti-national ‘sons of the soil’ (bhumiputra) theory.
Article 1(1) of the Indian Constitution states: “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.”

Thus, India is not a confederation but a union.
Article 19 (1) (e) states: “All citizens shall have the right — to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India.”

Thus, it is a fundamental right of a Gujarati, south Indian, Bihari, U.P.ite, or person from any other part of India to migrate to Maharashtra and settle down there, just as it is of Maharashtrians to settle down in any part of India (though there are some restrictions in J&K, and some North-East States, due to historical reasons).

The bhumiputra theory states that Maharashtra essentially belongs to Marathi people, while Gujaratis, south Indians, north Indians, etc. are outsiders. This is in the teeth of Articles 1(1) and 19(1)(e) of the Constitution. India is one nation, and hence non-Maharashtrians cannot be treated as outsiders in Maharashtra.

The Shiv Sena created by Thackeray attacked south Indians in the 1960s and 70s, and vandalised their restaurants and homes. In 2008, Biharis and U.P.ites living in Mumbai (the bhaiyyas who eke out a livelihood as milk and newspaper vendors, taxi drivers etc.) were described as infiltrators and attacked, their taxis smashed, and several beaten up. Muslims were also vilified

This, of course, created a vote bank for Thackeray based on hatred (as had Hitler, of whom Thackeray was an admirer), and how does it matter if the country breaks up and is Balkanised?

Apart from the objection to the ‘sons of the soil’ theory for being anti-national and unconstitutional, there is an even more basic objection, which may rebound on Thackeray’s own people.

India is broadly a country of immigrants (like North America) and 92-93 per cent of the people living in India today are not the original inhabitants but descendants of immigrants who came mainly from the north-west seeking a comfortable life in the sub-continent (see the article ‘What is India?’ on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in and the video on the website kgfindia.com ).

The original inhabitants (the real bhumiputra) of India are the pre-Dravidian tribals, known as Adivasis (the Bhils, Gonds, Santhals, Todas, etc.) who are only 7-8 per cent of our population today.

Hence if the bhumiputra theory is seriously implemented, 92-93 per cent of Maharashtrians (including, perhaps, the Thackeray family) may have to be regarded as outsiders and treated accordingly. The only real bhumiputra in Maharashtra are the Bhils and other tribals, who are only 7-8 per cent of the population of Maharashtra.

Several separatist and fissiparous forces are at work in India today (including the bhumiputra theory). All patriotic people must combat these forces.

Why must we remain united? We must remain united because only a massive modern industry can generate the huge wealth we require for the welfare of our people — agriculture alone cannot do this — and modern industry requires a huge market. Only a united India can provide the huge market for the modern industry we must create to abolish poverty, unemployment and other social evils, and to provide for the huge health care and modern education systems we must set up if we wish to come to the front ranks of the most advanced countries.

Hence I regret I cannot pay any tribute to Mr. Bal Thackeray.

(Markandey Katju is Chairman, Press Council of India.)
Courtesy: The Hindu

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Katju supported salman

Katju supported salman Rushdie in the name of free speech. First Katju must refrain form supporting people like Salman Rushdie

B.Ts life was based on

B.Ts life was based on goondaism and VAndalism and he left his foot prints, the same Vandals after him.
these goons payed the tribute to B.Tkray by vandalising the hospital.
This has proved what kind of asset he was to the country and the state payed him the official tribute in other words the state govt has fully supported his deeds.

State Honurs

Can somebody tell me why government aranged "state honoured crumation" for him?

Bal thackrey was burden

well said,he not contributed any thing to india except hatred. he is not a scholar or hindu scriptures master i feel even he may not read or understand one page of vedas. just making fool to innocent people.

Educated Person - speaks out this way

Hats off to Mr. Subramania Bharthi......
well said and explained and only the educated mass will understand his theory.

The writer of this article

The writer of this article is Markandey Katju not Subramania Bharthi.

Crores of people have paid

Crores of people have paid tribute to Bal Thackrey. It does not make any difference if do not pay tributes. Bal Thackery protected Hindus from the combine on slaught of Muslim radicals+Muslim mafia adided and abetted by pakistan and Pseudo secular cacophonous douche bags like you.

Did he prove or catch any

Did he prove or catch any muslim radicles/mafia for the sake of the country more over it is the police's job to protect and maintain law & order. One man or one party cannot dectate in democracy, in short bal thakery was a dictator in making.

Death of unprosecuted criminal

Completely agree, Bal Thackeray never commanded respect of anybody including his own nephew, rather terrorized people throug his henchmen and extortion.

he started his campaign by hate and terror, his victims were south Indians, North Indians, Non Mahrastrians, muslims, honest public servants and celebrities.

Ask anybody in private they just hated his guts and cursed him, yet considering his criminal empire and illicit connections in high places people pretended to respect him. Allow some time, everyone will start speaking their dislike for this dead mafia don.

The only unique thing about this criminal is that despite his well known crimes he was NOT prosecuted, as the ruling parties did not touch this criminal.

Indian patriot I LOVE YOU

Indian patriot I LOVE YOU for your comment...... Abubakar



The writer of this article

The writer of this article is 'Markandey Katju is Chairman, Press Council of India' not SUBRAMANIA BHARTHI the writer quoted SUBRAMANIA BHARTHI's writings

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