Tag Archives: Shiv Sena

The bumpy road of politics

Raj and Uddhav Thackeray recently sparred over potholes. In a fantastic exchange, the cousins displayed ingenious word play to slander each other. To sum up: Raj threw the gauntlet saying that Uddhav should photograph potholes instead of wild animals. He … Continue reading

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‘Bad’ bavas

Parsis are generally thought to be a uniformly kind, just and generous lot. The community’s history of philanthropy and lovable eccentricity has put them above reproach. So when people hear of Parsis involved in any sort of wrongdoing or activity … Continue reading

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Babanrao Mahadik rides high

Aditya Thackeray has frequently been in the news ever since his political debut – getting Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey kicked off the BA syllabus. He made headlines when he met Mamata Banerjee in Delhi to demand separate coaches … Continue reading

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Azaadi of speech

Over the past month, the English press has put up a united front against the Sena for pressuring Mumbai university to withdraw Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey. Mistry himself has praised the press’s campaign saying: “This sordid story, however, … Continue reading

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Rohinton Mistry’s (part) statement

Rohinton Mistry finally responded to the withdrawal of Such a Long Journey from the SYBA syllabus with this statement. It was read out by Anand Patwardhan at a protest meeting at the Press Club on October 18. “The Shiv Sena’s … Continue reading

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Babanrao Mahadik’s literary turn

Recently Bombay university withdrew Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey from the second year BA syllabus after Aditya Thackeray and members of the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena took objection to certain anti-Shiv Sena passages. The BVS complained to Rajan Welukar, the … Continue reading

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Babanrao Mahadik makes a comeback

Recently, the Shiv Sena responded to the assaults on Indian students in Australia by declaring that it would not allow the Australian cricket team to play in Mumbai during the upcoming Indian Premier League. Some view this threat as Bal … Continue reading

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