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Govt must check divisive politics

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and his nephew Raj Thackeray indulging in divisive politics is no more news (editorial, “Politics of hate: The Thackerays must be brought to book”, Feb 6). What is shocking is that they continue to consider themselves above the law.

The Congress should be aware that its dillydallying over the chauvinistic politics of the Shiv Sena and the MNS will prove counter-productive and inimical to the unity and integrity of the country. It happened in the past and will happen in the future also. Anyone whose actions threaten the unity and integrity of the country, disturbs peace and harms the national interests is anti-national and anti-social and must be brought to justice without any fear and favour.

Mr Rahul Gandhi has decided to lock horns with the Shiv Sena’s supremo over the latter’s pernicious policy of “Mumbai for Maharashtrians”. However, Mr Gandhi must assure the people that his train journey was not a publicity gimmick but a conscious effort to involve the people in his fight against fascist forces bedevilling the country.



The editorial has rightly emphasised that enough is enough. The politics of hate triggered by Mr Raj Thackeray and fuelled by Mr Bal Thackeray shows that family feud of supremacy is playing havoc with the unity and integrity of the country. Instead of harping on our regional identities, why can’t we take pride in being Indians?

The espousal of the “Marathi Manoos” card seems to be boomeranging on Raj Thackeray and his party. The debacle suffered by his party in the recent state polls shows that there are few buyers of his line of thought. Otherwise also fissiparous tendencies tend to strike a deathblow to the unity of India.

Terming the so-called outsiders as the cause of their economic and social ills shows the mindset of the leaders who can stoop to any extent to achieve narrow gains. Hate begets hate.

Thackerays have besmirched Mumbai’s fair name. Every Indian is free to settle anywhere in India irrespective of his home state. Indians, who have gone abroad, have by their deeds made every Indian proud. Globalisation has made the entire world a small village where there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or place of origin. The virus of hatred has to be tackled with an iron hand so that it does not spread its tentacles any further.



The editorial has aptly reflected deep concern over the divisive and antagonistic politics of the Thackerays. It deserves to be countered by all right thinking people. The Thackerays cannot be allowed to spread the virus of hatred. The Maharashta government has done nothing substantial to keep a check on them.

In fact they are rendering irreparable damage by defying the spirit of the Constitution which guarantees every citizen the right to live and work anywhere in the country. By targeting Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan and Rahul Gandhi they have exhibited the bankruptcy of their political wisdom. It is time the government geared up to curb their nefarious designs and save the country from disintegration and chaos.

Capt SK DATTA, Abohar


The Tribune deserves kudos for advising the government of Maharashtra to immediately bring the Thackerays to book. In fact, stern action should be taken against them and their followers, without further loss of time, for defying the Constitution and spreading the pernicious virus of communal hatred. Unless tackled promptly, the rising trend of similar divisive politics and regionalism in other parts of the country will eventually lead to all-round fissiparous tendencies and disintegration.

The principled and exemplary stand taken by some national icons and leaders such as Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan and Rahul Gandhi is worthy of emulation. It is strange that our political leaders stoop to the lowest level for gaining political mileage. Incidentally, it is for the national leaders and the media to seriously condemn and thwart such despicable, anti-national and unpardonable tendencies.


Restore heritage

It is inspiring to note that the tomb of great poet Asadullah Khan Ghalib in Nizamuddin Basti of Delhi is being restored to its original splendour and Mazar-e-Ghalib will be thrown open to public soon (editorial, “Heritage renewal: Ghalib tomb is restored”, Feb 4). If we talk of such priceless monuments of the country as a whole, the number is in thousands.

One such building is the ancestral house of the martyr and the national hero Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar in Ludhiana. This great son of India was executed along with Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Shaheed Rajguru in Lahore. The apathy of the state government can be gauged from the fact that nothing has been done so far to renovate his ancestral house.

Local residents celebrate his birth anniversary every year without receiving any help from the state or the Centre. It seems that our leaders have no time to remember his supreme sacrifice. Let us not forget our national heroes who laid down their lives for the sake of the nation. The neglect of their monuments is indeed an insult to their sacred memory. It is high time the government renovated the ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar in Ludhiana and declared it a national monument.

RAJESH SHARMA, Jalandhar Cantt



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