The Tiger is turning senile. Desperate to prove his clout, he is trying to flex his muscle to the point that it might snap.
It is difficult to accept the fact that you are no longer strong. Right, "no longer strong". The superlative forms of this word "stronger" and "strongest" do not apply to ShivSena any longer. Long gone are the heydays of mid-1990s when it was at its crowning glory with power in the state and center. Today it is a political party struggling hard to justify their existence. And Bal Thackeray is not helping by farting like a someone with an overdose of beans.
There were strong indications of his idiosyncracies when he named his son as his successor instead of his well-groomed nephew. Hey, if you want to run your organization as your home, feel free. But remember, Shivsena is a public company and, sooner or later, your shareholders are going to drop you like a hot potato if you fail to deliver. Remember, yeh public hai aur yeh sab jaanti hai...
Today, the only time Shivsena or MNS are heard of is when they create some sort of ruckus. Their tirade against North Indians or insistence of Marathi or ridiculous bans on movies or sports. Ask them to show even one constructive act in the last decade and the debate ends then and there.
It is very heart wrenching for someone who grew up as a hard core Shiv Sainik to write this blog. If someone would have foretold this to me 15 years ago, I would have never believed it. But today, a progressive India led by Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram and Montek Singh Ahluwalia feels more magnetic. Rahul Gandhi's educated speech is more charming than Udhhav Thackeray's artificially pumped argument.
Someone needs to explain the difference to Mr Thackeray (any of the 3 Thackerays) that there is a very subtle difference between strength and nuisance value. Strength is something that empowers weak people and brings them closer. Nuisance value is something that helps no one, makes the society weaker and alienates you from your followers.
Open your eyes and face the harsh reality before its too late.