First of all, while everyone knows that the Marathi people in Belagavi (Belgaum) are living peacefully with Kannadigas (and both are learning each others' languages, too, naturally), was there any need for this bullshit? While it's amply clear that there are no "atrocities" against Marathis, what do we do about the reckless wordsmithy of this irresponsible "leader"?
Shiv Sena leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi on Sunday night gave an ultimatum to the Bharatiya Janata Party to mend its ways with regard to the on going border issue and stop atrocities on Marathi speaking people in Belgaum.
Joshi said that Shiv Sena has taken the matter of sufferings of Marathi speaking people in Belgaum seriously. Any atrocities on Marathi speaking people will not be tolerated, he added.
The best wordsmith award here, however, goes to the Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray:
"We are happy that Yeddyurappa was behind the `lotus' blooming in the south. But why is he bent on the `massacre' of the Marathi people?"Which "massacre" is he talking about? Where has even one Marathi been even touched, let alone killed by Mr. Yeddyurappa or his government? This anti-peace and anti-India stance of the Shiv Sena will cost it heavily. Instead of inventing "atrocities" or "massacres" which don't exist, it's high time the Shiv Sena focuses on real problems inside Maharashtra such as poverty-eradication, education and employment. Or is it that that requires a spine?
Karnataka's banning of the so-called "Marathi Mahamelav" which was supposed to have been organized in Belagavi by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) overlapping the Vidhana Sabha session there is not a display of "atrocity" against Marathis. It's what any sensible government interested in protecting law would have done.
Why is the MES, a party whose very name connotes an imperialistic agenda (Ekikaran = Unification) allowed to continue? Why is a party whose very name connotes enemity against states neighbouring Maharashtra allowed to continue? Why is it not yet banned? And why is the Shiv Sena - which is hand in glove with the MES in its imperialistic agenda - not banned?
It's a defeat of India's constitutional machinery because of which goonda outfits such as the MES and irresponsible and anti-national parties such as the Shiv Sena are even allowed to contest elections.