New Delhi : No politics can establish itself widely without an inclusive view. This is well understood by the example of Shiv Sena that emerged in Maharashtra on the basis of identity and localism. The same is evident in the politics of Bal Thackeray’s son Uddhav and nephew Raj, who are moving forward his political legacy. This sign of Maharashtra’s political landscape can be an important message for national politics.
These things were talked about in Facebook Live organized by Rajkamal Prkashan Samuh . The live focused on the book ‘Thackeray Bhau: Uddhav, Raj Aur Unki Senaon Ki Chaya’ by noted journalist Dhaval Kulkarni. The Hindi translation of which has just been published by Rajkamal Prakashan.
In this Facebook Live, famous journalist Ketan Vaidya interacted with Dhaval and Prabhat Ranjan,the Hindi translator of this book.
On Ketan’s question, Dhaval said that he thought about writing this book in 2011. In 2011, it was a visit to Pakistan that strengthened the idea of a book on the issue as the highest number of questions that we delegates received were on Raj, Balasaheb and Uddhav. Through the book I have tried to articulate how nativist parties and movements like the Shiv Sena and MNS are formed by tapping into the angst in a large section of people.
According to Dhaval, the aggressive politics set up by Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, son of Keshav Sita Ram Thackeray, known as the Enlightened one because of his remarkable social reform work in Maharashtra, was centered around Left opposition, Marathi people and Hindutva. But after Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena’s politics took a different stand under Uddhav’s leadership, whereas Raj created the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and tried to get hold of uncle’s political legacy through old aggrisive way of politics. Today the results of Uddhav and Raj’s political are obvious. Uddhav took the initiative to make Shiv Sena politics inclusive and became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, while the politics of Raj remained confined within its ambit.
Prabhat Ranjan said that while translating this book, he learned that the Shiv Sena, which has been expelling Biharis from Mumbai and talking about Hindutva, has tried to move on the path of inclusive politics under Uddhav’s leadership. Uddhav’s Shiv Sena is not the old Shiv Sena.
While conducting the program, Ketan said, “This book of Dhaval is a simple story of Shiv Sena but its implications are wide.”