Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In support of MNS

I came across this mail as a forward and think it is apt to share with all. Read on.....
Yes, we all should support Raj Thackeray and take his initiative ahead by doing more...
1. We should teach our kids that if he is second in class, don't study harder.. just beat up the student coming first and throw him out of the school
2. Parliament should have only Delhiites as it is located in delhi
3. Prime-minister, president and all other leaders should only be from Delhi
4. No Hindi movie should be made in Bombay.. Only Marathi.
5. At every state border, buses, trains, flights should be stoppedand staff changed to local men
6. All Maharashtrians working abroad or in other states should be sent back as they are SNATCHING employment from Locals
7. Lord Shiv, Ganesha and Parvati should not be worshiped in our state as they belong to north (Himalayas)
8. Visits to Taj Mahal should be restricted to people from UP only
9. Relief for farmers in Maharashtra should not come from centre because that is the money collected as Tax from whole of India, so whyshould it be given to someone in Maharashtra?
10. Let's support Kashmiri Militants because they are right in killing and injuring innocent people for the benefit of their state and community..
11. Let's throw all MNCs out of Maharashtra, why should they earn from us? We will open our own Maharashtra Microsoft, MH Pepsi and MH Marutisof the world
12. Let's stop using cellphones, emails, TV, foreign Movies and dramas. James Bond should speak Marathi
13. We should be ready to die hungry or buy food at 10 times higher price but should not accept imports from other states
14. We should not allow any industry to be setup in Maharashtra because all machinery comes from outside
15. We should STOP using local trains... Trains are not manufactured by Marathi manoos and Railway Minister is a Bihari
16. Ensure that all our children are born, grow, live and die without ever stepping out of Maharasthra, then they will become true Marathis
That article was in a lighter vein. But I have my own thoughts to add.
While on the topic of Marathi manoos, I would like to know many things.......
  • Whether the word 'Marathi manoos' stands only for Hindu Marathis or includes the Christians, Muslims and other religion people from the state as well ?
  • Whether North/ South Indians staying in the State for more than 50 years or ever since in Independence can be called Marathi manoos?
  • Should people from the old Bombay State (which many are not aware of these days) call themselves Marathi too? What was done to retain the state?
  • What should Marathi people living and working in other States do now? Should they come back?
  • Can Marathi manoos go and study in IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore and the likes ? (Of course, the Marathi students there might already be bearing the brunt of Raj's campaign without any fault of theirs')
  • Now that we cannot tolerate people from other states moving within their own country and coming to Maharashtra, can we voice our concerns when we are discriminated in some other country?
  • Why is the hatred towards UPites and Biharis only? Why not Gujaratis? Of course, we know why! (Mumbai's economy runs mostly because of them!)
  • Will the campaign target people from other states also one by one?
  • Lastly, should we call ourselves Maharashtrians first, then Indians? Or only Maharashtians ?
For those who do not know, I was born and brought up in Mumbai. My parents came to Mumbai many years back from Karwar (Northern border of Karnataka), which touches Mararashtra and Goa. Karwar was part of the Old Bombay State, which included some parts of Gujarat, Marathi speaking Marathwada region of Hyderabad, the northern Konkani / Marathi speaking region of Karnataka. A lot of famous Marathis are originally from Karwar, but proudly call themselves Marathis now. The once famous Marathi actress, Jayshree Gadkar is a Karwari herself. The Goud Saraswat Brahmins are settled in Goa and Karwar, which are just 3-4 hours away (by road and 1 hour by train) from each other. They have also started calling themselves Marathis over a period of time. Sometime recently, the Marathi speaking people of Belgaum had launched a campaign to be included in Marashtra.
I am a Marathi. I can speak, read and write Marathi. But I am an Indian first. If everyone starts thinking limited, moving in limited areas and being intolerant towards others, we will be going back to the Stone Age. That's how people used to live millions of years back. Living for their areas, their states, their countries and waging Wars to acquire more land or expand country. They had limited knowledge of the outside world. Those countries which started to gain knowledge, started moving to other lands and started 'discovering' places, though they existed since millions of years. Slowly people started moving to lesser known places and knowing the world. Then transportation and communication means improved over period of time and world started shrinking in terms of accessibility. We started moving towards 'Globalisation' and the world became a small place. We boast of being able to have breakfast in one country, lunch in another and dinner in a third country !
But suddenly, we seem to be disliking all this. We are going back to primitive time by talking of my land; your land. Talking of throwing off people who discovered and moved to newer areas. Slowly, we might go back to our own clamped shells, just peeking out to check if all's fine. Then we'll shrink not as a world, but within ourselves and into our own primitive regions. And our children will say - 'Once upon a time, they say that the world was a small place and people would move freely to wherever they liked!'


sk said...

What happened in Mumbai in the past few days are shocking. I wish Mumbai police could show the same promptness in tackling with the atrocities of the MNS activists, the way they have done in Rahul Raj's case. Instead of worrying about vote-bank politics, we expect the Government to take stern action. New laws should be formed to make the leader of any party responsible for their supporter's offenses.

I was just wondering whether the supporters of MNS know anything about the history of Bombay State and Maharashtra........

Shagufta said...

Whoosh! Many people were harmed; Some left in frustration; some died of shock after being humiliated and beaten...

Of course, I do not support Rahul Raj's case as possessing an illegal weapon and disrupting civic life and causing terror are criminal acts.

But if law was too harsh with Rahul, it should be harsh with all who cause harm and danger to human life and society as a whole, whether it is for political as well as communal/ religious gains.

People have been losing faith in law, while some are not afraid of it. Result ? Even common man is taking law in his/ her hands these days. As a common person, travelling by common mode of transport daily, slowly I am seeing people becoming fearless, agressive, intolerant, violent, abusive.... Even the educated junta! And who has sown the seeds? Our own politicians, an indecisive govt, corrupt police officials and our own mindset which gets influenced easily.

sk said...

I fully agree with you Shagufta.

Here are a few verses written by
Rabindranath Tagore:

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led by thee into ever widening thought and action-Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake”

I read this in my high school books, but suddenly this came to my mind just now......