An Open Letter to Raj Thackeray – By Rajdeep Sardesai

My Dear Raj,

 

My apologies for having to communicate through the editorial pages of a newspaper, but frankly am left with little choice since you seem to have decided to stay away from the so-called ‘national’ non-Marathi media. Let me at the very outset say that I am impressed with the manner you have carved a niche on the political landscape of Maharashtra. I distinctly remember meeting you in February last year soon after the Mumbai municipal corporation elections. It wasn’t the best of times: your party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had been marginalized while your cousin Udhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena had captured power in the city. With many of your supporters deserting you, you appeared down, if not quite out. Twenty months later, I see you’ve bounced back: every local and national daily has you on the front page, you are the subject of television debates and your politics has even united Bihar’s warring netas.

 

And yet, my friend, there is a thin line between fame and notoriety, more so in the fickle world of politics. Bashing north Indian students may grab the headlines, getting arrested may even get you sympathy and strident rhetoric will always have a constituency, but will it be enough to secure your ultimate dream of succeeding your uncle Bal Thackeray as the flagbearer of Marathi asmita (pride)?

 

If Balasaheb in the 1960s rose to prominence by targeting the south Indian “lungiwala”, you have made the north Indian “bhaiyaa” the new ‘enemy’. In the 1960s, the Maharashtrian middle class in Mumbai was feeling the pressure of job competition for white collar clerical jobs. Today, it seems that there is a similar sense of frustration at losing out economically and culturally to other social groups in Mumbai’s endless battle for scarce resources. With the Congress and the NCP having become the real estate agents of the state’s rural-urban bourgeoise and the Shiv Sena a pale shadow of its original avatar, the space has been created for a charismatic leader to emerge as a rabble-rouser espousing the sons of the soil platform.

 

But Raj, I must remind you that electoral politics is very different from street agitations. Sure, round the clock coverage of taxis being stoned and buses being burnt will get you instant recognition. Yes, your name may inspire fear like your uncle’s once did. And perhaps there will always be a core group of lumpen youth who will be ready to do your bidding. But how much of this will translate into votes? Identity politics based on hatred and violence is subject to the law of diminishing returns, especially in a city like Mumbai, the ultimate melting pot of commerce. Your cousin Udhav tried a “Mee Mumbaikar” campaign a few years ago that was far more inclusive, but yet was interpreted as being anti-migrant. The result was that the Shiv Sena lost the 2004 elections – Lok Sabha and assembly – in its original citadel of Mumbai. Some statistics suggest that nearly one in every four Mumbaikars is now a migrant from UP or Bihar. Can any political party afford to alienate such a large constituency in highly competitive elections?

 

Maybe, your not even looking at winning seats at the moment, but simply staking claim to the Sena legacy in a post Bal Thackeray scenario. Perhaps, thats exactly what the ruling Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra wants: like a market leader who gets competing brands to crush each other, the Congress-NCP leadership seems to be practicing divide and rule politics once again. They did it with Balasaheb and the communists in the 1960s, with Bhindranwale and the Akalis in the 1980s, even with the Kashmir valley politicians in the 1990s. A larger-than-life Raj Thackeray suits the ruling arrangement in Maharashtra because it could erode its principal rival, the Shiv Sena’s voter support. It’s a dangerous game, but often when politicians run out of ideas, they prefer to play with fire. It’s a fire that could leave Mumbai’s cosmopolitanism scarred for life.

 

Now, before you see my writings as the outpourings of an anglicized non-resident Maharashtrian, let me just say that, like you, I too am proud of my roots. I too, would like to see the cultural identity of Maharashtrians preserved and the economic well-being of our community assured. Where we differ is that I am a citizen of the Republic of India first, a proud Goan Maharashtrian only later. Fourteen years ago, I left Mumbai for Delhi to seek professional growth and was distinctly fortunate to be readily embraced by the national capital. Like millions of Indians, I too am a migrant and a beneficiary of a nation whose borders don’t stop at state checkpoints.

 

Moreover, I cannot accept that ‘goondaism’ is the way forward to forging a robust Maharashtrian identity. By vandalizing a shop or stoning a taxi, what kind of mindless regional chauvinism are we promoting? Taking away the livelihood of a poor taxi driver or beating up some defenceless students from Bihar reflects a fake machismo that is no answer to what ails Maharashtrian society today. The Maharashtra I once knew was inspired by the progressive ideals of the bhakti movement, by a Shahu-Phule-Ambedkar legacy of social reform. Are we going to dismantle that legacy under the weight of hate politics?

 

When you started your party a few years ago, it had been pitched as a party committed to a “modern” Maharashtra. If that vision still stands, why don’t you take it forward in real terms? Why don’t you, for example, set up vocational courses and technical institutes for young Maharashtrians to make them competitive in the job market? Why not, for that matter, start English-speaking classes for Maharashtrian students to equip them for the demands of the new economy? If cultural identity is such a concern, why not launch a statewide campaign to promote Marathi art, theatre and cinema by financially supporting such ventures? If Mumbai’s collapsing infrastructure worries you, then target the politician-builder nexus first. And isn’t it also time we realized that Mumbai is not Maharashtra, that the long suffering Vidarbha and Marathwada farmer needs urgent attention? Why not use your political and financial muscle to start projects in rural Maharashtra instead of focusing your energies on Mumbai’s bright lights alone? An employment generation scheme in a Jalna or a Gadchiroli may not make the front pages, but it will have far greater value for securing Maharashtra’s future.

 

Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!

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26 responses to “An Open Letter to Raj Thackeray – By Rajdeep Sardesai

  1. Mayur

    Lets start from the beginning…..The original inhabitants of Bombay were the kolis (fishermen) of dravidian decent.They were not maharashtrians.The Peshwas were based in Pune.Bombay was just a collection of rudimentary villages.The british gave incentives to Marwaris,gujratis etc to come and build factories and business there by giving them tax free incentives.And dont forget,Bombay was given as dowry by the portuguese to the british.So tell me..who should take credit for the way bombay is?Maharashtrians?No! Not even half a percent !! How many Maharashtrian business houses do we know of??Kirloskar??Anybody else??Yes…a few more late editions…Like Bal thackeray,Manohar joshi and ofcourse Raj thackeray.How they made their millions we all know.Nobody stopped Marathis from driving taxis,selling pani puris,pans etc.Yet these brainless twits go and thrash poor taxi and pani puri walas.The fact is that marathis do not have business in their blood.They are good at a few professions like being kaamwaali bais,peons,drivers and watchmen…ok ok lets give them singing too since its diwali.They have the rest of maharashtra but their sights are only set on Bombay….something they had the least contribution in building.Now theyre jealous cause everyone (including raj thackeray) is more prosperous than them.They remind me of the blacks in South africa.South africa as we all know is the most developed country in the whole of the african continent.The blacks were in power everywhere else in africa but look at the difference in their development compared to south africa.The simple reason is that blacks are just not made to do planned development.Simple as that.And coming to thackeray …how many know that thackeray is not his real surname….its a british name that his grandfather or someone further up the family chain adopted on his own.Apparently he was impressed with someone who had that name.Coming to employment….I have just two questions about unemployed marathi youth….Raj thackeray invented shiv udyog sena in 1995(while he was in shiv sena).That organisation collected money from unemployed youth on the promise that they would give employment to 27 lakh local youth.What happened to that money?How many people did Shiv udyog sena employ?Did it return the money collected from unemployed youth or did Raj thackeray buy Kohinoor mills land with it as collateral?(I said collateral cause he claims that he got a loan from IL&FS for the deal.)They planned to set up 30 fully equipped offices of Shiv Udyog Sena in every district of Maharashtra. To achieve this objective, huge funds ( to the tune of 60 to 70 million rupees ) were required. It was planned that the sum of 60 to 70 million would be used as a corpus fund. So that the monthly expenses of all the Shiv Udyog Sena offices can be met through the interest earned on Corpus Funds.These are not my statements.They can be verified on the official website of Shiv Udyog sena.Believe it or not..the site still exists!!.Secondly…how did Raj thackeray manage to buy Kohinoor mills for Rs.400 Crore?How did he get the funds to buy that?He doesnt come from an industrialist background.His father was a singer and dabbled in a couple of films.His wife is the daughter of Mohan wagh a marathi producer director.And guess who was his business partner in the entire business?An non-maharashtrain! And what did they plan to make there?A mall.And who were the workers employed to build it?Non maharashtrians again.So much for providing employment to marathis.And now for something which is a pet peeve of Raj thackeray….outsider migration to Mumbai..I hear Sirish patkar and Raj thackeray rant about how the infrastructure of Mumbai cannot handle the infiltration of outsiders and how mumbai is getting choked.But can mister thackeray and sirish patkar tell me who came up with the Slum redevelopment scheme,wherein illegal slums that came up prior to 1995 were regularised and the people illegally occupying city land were made permanent residents enriching the builder mafia and themselves on the path to overcrowding the city.?And these are the same people lamenting that Bombay is overcrowded?I wonder why no one asks these questions to Sirish patkar and Raj thackeray?And lately Ive noticed Rajiv bajaj and Sahara mumbai turning into the offical mouthpiece of Raj thackeray and MNS.When this whole issue began…Rajiv bajaj was pretty honest with his comments and what he thought of all the violence perpetrated by Raj thackeray…but I think he has succumbed to Raj thackerays threats and is blatantly projecting a pro mns view these days.So much for freedom of press.I hope and pray that Jharkhand police arrest him on the non bailable warrant and ship his xxx to Bihar high court.Even if he takes the whole of Maharashtra with him to protect him…it wont be enough.And his rats know that.Cause thats what they are in the end…Mountain rats.

  2. shaaakspsyco

    Well, don’t be surprised if he’s sworn in as the next chief minister of Maharashtra! In a few months time!

  3. Vikas Patil

    Rajdeep, I had been a great fan of yours (my dad was a fan of Dileep Sardesai, just a co-incidence), but you have yourself fallen prey to the bias of Hindi Media. Nevertheless, you might have satisfied your colleagues at NDTV, but that doesn’t look to be your real intention to me.

    The Hindi media and politicians like Yadav and Paswan (with the help of Hindi media) are fooling their own people because they don’t want to be questioned. Let the people decide the fate of Raj Thackeray.
    Raj Thackeray is pictured as the enemy of all non-Maharashtrian’s, this is far from the truth. His concerns are specific to particular incidences where there is a clear partiality against the Marathis. He’ll not tolerate that, thats it. I’m proud of you, Raj!

    He hasn’t spoken anything else what the media and politicians from north are quoting. You seem to have missed that altogether!

    One question for ALL other politicians – How many times have *YOU* gone to an ordinary (not VIP) jail for raising concerns of *YOUR* people?
    I think Rajdeep, celebrities like you should be questioning North India’s politicians instead of advising Raj Thackeray.

    I’m a marathi working in Mumbai along with many non-marathi colleagues. I’ve a great working relation with them, they thought I should go online with my view-points, thats why I’m replying you. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    As John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?”, I would like to remind Lalu that amassing wealth from some healthy part of the country does not exhibit your national integrity. Rather adding to it does. We have toiled in Mumbai and are proudly a part of India’s economical capital’s success. Amar Singh (or Lalu or paswan or Mishra or Mulayam), what have you done for your country?

    Whenever there has been a natural calamity anywhere in India, the people of Mumbai have donated their heart’s content (although not much aid came to Mumbai after 26th July incidence or after bombing, it’s okay, we managed to bounce back). A team of Doctors from Maharashtra, as a matter of fact, where the only medicos on rescue aid when Bihar was recently flooded. The locales are treating them like gods. We are proud of these docs. Amar Singh, Lalu Yadav, Paswan and rest of the bunch, you and your tribe try to make us proud at least ONCE.

  4. anirudh1608

    March on Raj!
    Well! This blog was long time coming from me – one of the staunchest supporter of Raj Thackeray – one of the few honest politicians remaining in India. In the past few weeks I have been witnessing, as has every other Maharashtrian, the tireless crucification of Mr Thackeray at the hands of the so called ‘dispassionate’ news houses(both electronic and print). It was’nt surprising to see our pseudo secular north Indian political class coming together to hurl a string of baseless allegations and insinuations against the MNS and its leader, not because they have concern for their people, but because they have a concern for their votebank. But to hear the media hum the same tune was shocking.

    Lets start with a certain Oxford educated pseudo intellectual and self proclaimed secularist – Rajdeep Sardesai. This is what he says in his blog-letter to Mr Thackeray:

    ”There is a thin line between fame and notoriety, more so in the fickle world of politics. Bashing north Indian students may grab the headlines, getting arrested may even get you sympathy and strident rhetoric will always have a constituency, but will it be enough to secure your ultimate dream of succeeding your uncle Bal Thackeray as the flagbearer of Marathi asmita (pride)?”

    We all know Mr Sardesai to be a hypocrite, but now we also realise that he is a cynic to the core(a quality very necessary these days to be the flagbearer of Indian media) who time and again has a case of selective amnesia. Well this cynic has but obvious very cynical views! To imply that Mr Thackeray would espouse the cause of Maharashtra for securing his dream of to pip his uncle or to make headlines is a good way to drown out the very burning issues confronting my state of Maharashtra. However, I won’t be surprised if he would summarily dismiss any other views as naiive.

    Similar are the reportings of the rest of the media – an overwhelming number of which sits in North India and passes judgements on Maharashtra and Marathis. Their blatant pandering to the corrupt and mentally bankrupt north Indian political class and lobbying the North Indian non-issues makes one wonder if they should be called the Indian media or “North Indian” media.

    As to Nitish Kumar and his eunuch spineless bedfellows -Lalu, Amar Singh, Paswan and the deranged communists, my suggestion is that they do not make the mistake of coming to Maharashtra in their remaining life, cos if they do they certainly would be lynched..and this would not be because of an apolitical window seat quarrel. My advise is that they stop playing on our sentiments lest the day is not far that they meet an untimely and unnatural death.

    I must add that I am by origin a Kannadiga born and raised in Maharashtra and thus a naturalised Maharastrian. I guess my views would thus hold much water. I have closely seen and observed the people of this great state and can vouch that they are the most intellectual, tolerant and peace loving people in this country- Mahrashtra also being the only state that does’nt have a linguistic flavour to its name. But if you try and drown our voices u may very rudely find out that we have drowned out yours. I hope all my north Indian brethren would kick these politicians out before its too late.

  5. CrystalClearPraveen

    Mr, Anirudh1608,

    I must say that your comment was very much a rubbish & devoid of any substance. You seem to be rotten marathi rogue. If you think by killing a scared north indian, you have become, just try to think what you feel when you are alone and someone threatens you. Do you stand up to him? Noooo, you can’t. You have herd mentality and until and unless you some like minded b****stards around you, you won’t even utter a word….

  6. jyoti

    Mr Praveen- crystal clear? My foot!
    Just read again the sense that anirudh makes and the hate spewed out by you.The problem with Bihar and UP is that they are a very selfish race.They only think of their own survival and so when they feel their survival threatened they fail to think of what caused the threat.
    Thats why laloo is their leader,they are all like that.Instead of curing their desease they start howling and show the world how sick they are.

    Raj Thakres agitation should be looked upon as an eye opener.Let the media and the people from other states start examining why people are coming into Maharashtra and Gujarat.Let the centre start an all round development.

    If congress is ruling the nation they are to be blamed for this divisiveness.The marathis are only protesting because they are being choked to death.
    Give us our breathing space.Create an environment wherever you live and hail from.

    Rajdeep Sardesai you write well but dont think.
    How would it be if some Biharis and UPs come over to your place and start criticising you, claim your house and then declare that its their house just because they do some odd jobs?

  7. anirudh1608

    Well Praveen you can swear all you like if u think thats going to solve the problem.

    As to your statement “If you think by killing a scared north indian, you have become, just try to think what you feel when you are alone and someone threatens you. Do you stand up to him? Noooo, you can’t.” —————> We do not face such situations often here in Maharashtra. You see this is not the lawlwss jungle—i hope u get the drift.

    I have no where in my post disparaged a north Indian. U see we Maharashtrians do not consider our own countrymen as our enemies. I guess some people like u who like to react rather than act will never understand that. Please reflect on the points raised by Jyoti above.

    On a lighter note u need to improve your English. I am sure ur Hindi is equally pathetic.

  8. rakesh

    Dear Rajdeep,
    First of all let me congratulate that you have shown courage, along with Air Marshal Tipnis and others, to issue statement on the burning divisive issue of today. I wish more sensible and educated people from Maharashtra join the issue. When I clapped for V.Shantaram, Vijay Manjrekar, Dilip Sardesai, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Gavaskar or Sachin Tendulkar, it was not beacause they were Maharashtrians, but because they are or were Indians. Therefore, it is sad that living among such icons are keeping quiet about tirade of the other raj. Are they afraid of raising their voice or are they in agreement with that thinking? Regarding your open letter to raj, I can say it was a beautiful piece. But, there is a saying in hindi: “bhains ke aage been bajao, bhains khadi bharrai”. So, please address an open letter to your fellow sensible maharashtrians to rise to the occasion and save the nation from disintegration. We cant expect this from our politicians, but I am sure journalists like you can.
    If I have written some that you don’t like, please forgive me.
    Regards.
    Rakesh Kumar

  9. Aditi

    WHY RAJ THACKERY IS 100 % RIGHT ?

    A minority in our own state

    The real issues, as always, have been buried under the carpet because there are too many

    vested interest.

    The real issue is not whether Mumbai was developed by non-Maharashtrians or not, whether Mumbai belongs to Maharashtrians alone or even whether Mumbai is really a part of Maharashtra or not.

    The real issues are the discrimination Maharashtrians face in the job market, THE UNCONTROLLABLE MIGRATION FROM RELATIVELY WORSE-OFF STATES AND THE RESULTANT UNWANTED DOMOGRAPHIC CHANGES.

    Unfortunately, no one, neither the government of Maharashtra nor the government of India , has the desire to tackle this problem. Hence, arguing that the government must tackle this problem is meaningless.

    It has not, cannot and nor ever will.

    Parties like MNS and worse are the only ones who can.

    As for the tears shed over the loss of cosmopolitanism, how inclusive can Mumbai claim to be if such a significant section of the city, and a majority of the state’s population, is being left out in the cold?

    When 69 per cent of the state’s population is excluded from its prosperity?

    As for the arguments that the constitution grants freedom of movement, Maharashtrians have no desire to hear platitudes from those whose own states are not facing any problem as a result. Constitutional provisions are of no use to people facing the danger of being reduced to a minority in their own land.

    The reality is that there is a finite limit to how many migrants can live in any state.

    The bottom line: 500 ml of water cannot fit into a 250 ml bottle.

    And those who think it can are the real anti-nationals

  10. sonali

    All news channels and newspapers seemed to have formed a lobby against Mr. Raj Thackery. While the media is busy attacking Mr. Thackery, are they aware of the problems Maharashtians are facing because of the influx?

    Nobody talks about the issues Raj has raised . Can somebody ask Lalu Yadav why 90-95% candidates selected by the railways belong to the north? Infact Lalu Yadav should be held responsible for the violence in Maharashtra . Injustice is being done to the Marathis as the railway does not advertise in Marathi papers about the jobs

    The sudden increase of the Bihar and UP population in Maharashtra is a well calculated move by the North Indian politicians, who are eyeing Maharashtra for years. The real motive behind the Chatt puja is well known.

    Mulayam Singh Yadav has openly declared “UP hamara hai. Maharashtra baki hai ”, this speaks volumes of the selfish motives of north Indian politicians, who are taking too much interest in the internal affairs of Maharashtra .

    Its high time to take action. Raj Thackery is 100% right. The influx has to be stopped.

    Besides Mumbai does not have the infrastructure to put up with them

    The local culture is being destroyed and the patience of the Maharashtians is being put to test.Its sad to see that the media is highly insensitive towards the Marathi people. Why don’t they make special episodes on the plight of marathi people who have lost their jobs to immigrants, instead of defaming Raj Thackery

  11. anirudh1608

    Hi,

    Aditi, Sonali…both of you aptly tackle the issue. Our state needs more voices like yours to speak up against this misinfirmation campaign started by all the politicos.

    -Anirudh

  12. dont know what the hell u ppl are talking about
    are’t u literate ,dosen looks so
    hey u all we are indians ,how the hell we are gonnaa fight the world if we keep shouting marathi.bihari n whtever
    this is india our home n its fr all,if in a family there are many childrens n some of them dont know how to behave (if u think so)thn do you throw them out or kill them.
    no we are all brothers and sisters n we should find out peacful solution.
    because every prob has a soln.
    may be u might nt like my wrds srry fr tht
    bt let me tell u it was disheartening to see some guys from indias so called young generation fighting with each other on such a …………..shhhh
    peace.

  13. marathimanoos

    APPEAL TO ALL MARATHIS AND PEOPLE OF MAHARASHTRA, DONOT BUY VEGETABLES, FRUITS, MILK FROM ROADSIDE VENDORS.

    BUY MILK FROM TETRA PACKS, GOVT. MILK BOOTHS AS THE SAME IS NOT ADULTERATED.

    BUY VEGETABLES, FRUITS, CLOTHES FROM SUPER MARKETS/MALLS/D-MARTS ETC SO THAT YOU GET GOOD, CLEAN AND SORTED STUFF.

    ALWAYS TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT, OWN VEHICLES. THIS WILL STRAIGHTEN UP THE TAXI/AUTOS WHO DONOT PLY ON CERTAIN SECTORS/SHORT DISTANCES CAUSING INCONVENIENCE TO PASSENGERS.

    APPEAL TO BEST, MUMBAI UNDERTAKING TO START MORE AND MORE AC BUSES, LUXURY BUSES, RING ROUTES SO THAT PEOPLE WILL STOP COMMUTING BY TAXIS/AUTOS DECONGEST ROADS, REDUCE POLLUTION.

    APPEAL TO MNS TO START THEIR OWN FLEET OF PRIVATE BUSES (AC/NON AC ) AT ECONOMICAL RATES TO FERRY COMMUTERS FROM RESIDENCE TO OFFICE & BACK.

    WOMEN MNS WORKERS SHOULD SELL VEGETABLES/FRUITS OUTSIDE RAILWAY STATIONS ( TAKE PROPER LICENCE FROM THE BMC ) AT ECONOMICAL RATES.

    MNS SHOULD ALSO START PERSONALITY GROOMING SESSIONS IN ENGLISH FOR MARATHI YOUTHS SO THAT THEY BECOME COMPETITIVE IN MUMBAI OR ANY PART OF THE WORLD.

    EVERY MARATHI SHOULD SPEAK WITH CO-MARATHI IN MARATHI AT PERSONAL LEVEL AND THEIR CHILDRENS SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN CONVENT/ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOLS SO THAT THEY DONOT LAG.

    TRAFFIC POLICEMEN, OCTROI STAFF, GOVERNMENT STAFF, RTO, MUNICIPAL STAFF, POLICE SHOULD BE GIVEN INCENTIVES I.E. FOR E.G. IF A TRAFFIC POLICE EARNS RS.1,000/- A DAY FOR HIS EMPLOYER LEGITIMATELY, THEN HE WILL BE GIVEN AN INCENTIVE OF 80% I.E. RS.800/-. I AM SURE IF SUCH SCHEMES ARE FLOATED EVERYWERE THEN THEY WILL STOP ACCEPTING/TAKING BRIBES.

    MARATHIS SHOULD WATCH ONLY MARATHI PLAYS/CINEMAS & HINDI/ENGLISH CINEMAS/PLAYS BY MAHARASHTRA LOVING PEOPLES/PERSONALITIES. TO NAME A FEW, MR SUBHASH GHAI, MR AKSHAY KUMAR, MR YASH CHOPRAS, SHAHRUKHS, SALMANS, AAMIRS, HRITHIKS, MR SUBHASH CHANDRA & MANY MANY ….. ENDLESS.

    I AM SURE AFTER 5-10 YEARS FROM NOW, WE WILL CERTAINLY FIND ATLEAST 25% IMPROVEMENT.

    JAI MAHARASHTRA NAVANIRMAN. JAI HIND

  14. Raj Thakrey – A live experiment on the making of an Indian Politian – one part ‘goondagardi’ mixed with equal portion of ‘state protection’.

  15. Rocky R

    Hi Guys

    Mr Raj, 1 question, where are you and your estranged cousin at the time Mumbai was under fire?. Whatever happened to yours Marathi & your cousins Mee Mumbaiker values.

    Your family or rather the last name is GOD gifted, you guys can really make Mumbai into Singapore but i see you lack vision, all you are attracted to is the position. You are dreaming to be a CM, which there have been many in the past , but till date we haven’t had a a GOOD CM.

    If only you polititians knew the difference. I know politics is a dirty game , but im sure good people can play it too. You can be a youth icon, a young power that can take over from old haggered and crook polititians.

    Think about it if this reaches you. Rajdeep all cheers for you.

  16. A True Indian

    Hi all the people who’re against and with Maharashtra…..

    “Please forgive me if I say or speak something about Marathi’s” this quote was provoked by JAYA BACCHAN.. in a speech. Why are MARATHIs made target by NORTH INDIANS? Why do they do not understand us and or feelings about INDIA? Why is media deprived when MARATHIs come up and speak against crime?

    Till date, according to past history, PLEASE CHECK THE RECORDS, Marathis were the one who raised voice against Crime and fast growing critical situation… Nobody bothers to spit in his own house… like North Indian people do…

  17. A TRUE INDIAN

    PLS NOTE: The name above is “A TRUE INDIAN” which means I stay in INDIA and I respect my MOTHER-LAND. But I am a “Maharashtrian” and I speak Marathi and I am loyal to my mother-state and mother-tongue.
    **************************************************
    Do you know that A MARATHI is the one and the only one who speaks (not just stays dumb) against the increasing crime or injustice for not only Marathi people, but for the whole of INDIA. PLEASE CHECK HISTORY….. for my clarification… Other politicians do’nt care about people yelling here, making a mess of this city which would effect complete INDIA…. people opposing MARATHI’s do not care for MAHARASHTRA, or MARATHI speaking people….. they just want to avoid us and enjoy…. THE REALITY IS MARATHI IS HATED EVERYWHERE (I don’t know the reason, WHY?) and they want to put us down for every small reason… Now tell me why were some politicians not arrested if people know that he smuggled a lot and they knew that they were TERRORISTS and why only RAJ SAHEB… Why? Why are real culprits roaming freely in their state, what are people joining hands with such BASXXXDS, so this shows the lack of power to speak, protest and withstand the force of such “C” RATED public… whereas MAHARASTRIANS had rose for every mutual cause of this state, country and a single person, ….. I repeat PLEASE CHECK HISTORY of INDIA, We, as MAHARASTRIANS if are given love for love, we always accept it, but we won’t accept LOVE for HATE, we won’t AT ALL…….. THIS IS THE STAND OF MARATHI PEOPLE….. ANYTHING MORE, or further clarifications…. PLS WRITE ON THIS BLOG…

    || JAI MAHARASTRA ||

  18. MAHARASHTRA MEANS A MAHAN RASHTRA.THE STATE WHICH ALLOWS ALL PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RELIGION AND DIFFERENT STRATA OF SOCIETY TO RESIDE TOGETHER.MAHARASHTRA HAS ALWAYS THOUGHT OF NATION FIRST BUT THIS OTHER STATES THINK OF THEIR OWN STATES.AS A MAHARASHTRIAN, I CANNOT FORGET THE WORDS OF MORARJI DESAI FORMER P.M OF INDIA-I SHALL RESTORE ORDER IN MAHARASHTRA EVEN IF I HAVE TO KILL EVERY MAHARASHTRIAN.MORARJI DESAI ABBUSED SHIVAJI MAHARAJ CALLING HIM A CHEATER.I WOULD LIKE TO TELL THAT SHIVAJI MAHARAJ HAD BRAIN SO HE USED IT.IF SHIVAJI MAHARAJ WOULD HAVE SAT IN HIS TERRITORY ALL OF WOULD HAVE BEING CLEANING TOILET IN BRITISHERS AND MOUGHALS HOUSES.AND MR RAJDEEP SIR I RESPECT YOU AS A JOURNALIST.YOU TELL THAT RAJ THACKREY IS A MEDIA MADE HERO,SO WHY WERE YOUR REPORTERS AND CAMERAMENS MOVING AFTER RAJSAHEB.I THINK FOR TRPS!!! JAI HIND.JAI MAHARASHTRA.

  19. indian

    let me ask the supporters of raj one question…will you be able to ever support Indians who are beaten in other countries??

    u dont have a stand here 🙂 … and if you support them then u guys are contradicting urselves… also if you dont support them then u dont have a right to leave ur place for getting jobs elsewhere… also if u r living in mumbai… chances are that u migrated from some other place and u r taking up the job of the mumbaiker who was already residing there

  20. REALINDIAN-NOT PSEUDO

    Dear Mr.Indian
    There is a difference between illegal squatters and legitimate migrants. Indians abroad enter tht foriegn country legitimately and pay all applicable taxes. I Myself being a migrant to USA ( where I pay 40% tax and I work abroad on account of the shortage of a highly skilled specialized labor here)

    Now even in the USA a person migrating from one state to another, has to register, pay taxes,etc in the new state that he moves to. He is not allowed to be a squatter on empty land and steal water and electricity from the tax paying legitimate citizens of that state.

    If you read Raj’s complete interviews without the filters of the ‘national’ media, this is exactly what he addresses. As Indians we have to ensure the law is abided by and should not allow politicians from UP and Bihar (with their cronies in Delhi), hijack the interests of people residing in Maharashtra. These politicians for the sake of vote-banks encourage illegitimate migration and are waiting for a demographic change in Mumbai. After all this is a political power game!

  21. pd

    Well organized “Tamasha”, orchestrated by “Saheb”, fueled by “Media” and now one more “Raj”-deep wants his own share of pie!

  22. And this is the main reason I read blovmantra.ogr. Great post.

  23. Shashi

    Raj is an expert in starting agitations and taking to the end , but not in fixing the issues far more crucial than someone using Bombay in a film instead of Mumbai. Wake up !

    Get a life. I would like Raj to show us all his contribution to the development of Maharashtra apart from filthy inflammatory speeches.

    He’d make a great mimicry artist and should think of changing his profession from being a cheap politician.
    Violence has never led to victory.

    Thank you Rajdeep for writing this.

  24. vinod

    It’s not only about Mumbai, it about Pune, it’s about Navi Mumbai, it’s about nashik, nagpur.

    The worst part is that nobody wants to get to the bottom of this but accuse him or the natives of something they haven’t done.

    What are you accusing Marathi’s of? For standing up for their culture, language or perhaps something else?

  25. Abhay

    Dear Raj Thackery,
    A chandigarh lad, a jharkhand captain and a delhi boy won the world cup for us and dedicated it to a marathi legend. Your regional hatred has failed. Jai hind!”

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