I do hope the government will now put a full stop to such episodes. Else doing business in the city could get unimaginably dangerous. We already pay our taxes – to the government. We do not need such shakedown to add to our woes
Following close on the heels of the Kopardi incident in Ahmednagar district in July this year where a Maratha teen was brutally gangraped and murdered by Dalit youths, the Trimbakeshwar incident once again brought the communities in conflict with each other.
All the marching communities might be hiding behind the mask of reservations but they are actually agitated by something else – the failure of the government to deliver on various grounds.
Five days after setting a controversy over what he alleged were India’s ‘fake’ surgical strikes against Pakistan, Sanjay Nirupam, the Mumbai Congress president, admits reluctantly that his statement might have spoiled the national discourse in the country
Behind the morcha demanding the release of former minister Chhagan Bhujbal was a plaintive cry – you may give reservations to Marathas but not at the cost of the OBCs
Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday apologised for ‘the serious lapse of judgment on the part of the Shiv Sena over the cartoon in Saamana regarding the Maratha reservation issue in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra is beginning to confound and confuse both sociologists and political analysts. The ongoing Maratha morchas in the state are growing in numbers by the day as they make their way towards the state capital and yet, for such large crowds, they leave nothing behind in their wake – no chaos, no violence and not even any litter
Despite all these issues of political incorrectness, in recent years more and more young people had begun to admire Ajit more than they did his uncle and Pawar was losing much ground with his supporters
Law called Scheduled Caste Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act becomes flashpoint among communities.
The more well known of these incidents was one relating to comedian Kapil Sharma who, on Friday, tweeted that he was an honest tax payer attempting to build an office, but still had to pay a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The centre was bringing cultures and languages together and in past seven years had held mushairas in both Urdu and Marathi.
The Shiv Sena has been inimical to English: a whole generation of Sena supporters in Maharashtra grew up on Marathi and found themselves barred from
While Fadnavis was wooing the North Indians not just for the BMC but also with elections to the UP assembly in mind, for the Shiv Sena it might be too late and even futile to make amends with Uttar Bharatiyas
Maharashtra’s dominant community feels resentful as people once at the bottom of society make progress.
For a leader who has always prided himself on his socialist leanings, Nationalist Congress president Sharad Pawar seems to be frequently disconcerting political observers with remarks that can only be interpreted as casteist.
“The only leader with that sense of history and someone who could still do something to resurrect the state from the quagmire it has sunk into is Shard Pawar”
City shocked after Supreme Court says children below 18 years of age cannot participate in the upcoming festival in Maharashtra.
Hailing from Vidarbha, Fadnavis well knows what really ails the farmers of the region – and much of this sickness comes from government policies from the past decades
Farmers in Gujarat are planning huge rallies across communities and districts to protest what they see as an existential threat after President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent last week to the Gujarat land acquisition bill, which in one stroke made many lose ancestral lands they held for generations.
For the first time in the decades since the Congress lost the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, the grand old party has climbed down from its lofty political perch to the level of the streets—literally.
Maharashtra government’s beef ban threatens to reduce them to penury.
Churning in Hindu society will spread across India and lead to a religious realignment of sorts, says activist.
Raj’s visit to Matoshree last week has been the subject of frenzied speculation with analysts almost in a froth to ascertain whether this was a family matter or a political realignment
While PM Narendra Modi ignores Uddhav’s barbs, the Shiv Sena president carries past insults and present attempts to decimate his party as a chip on his shoulder. But still
Under the circumstances, I believe, Prof Jogdand was almost prescient – in neighbouring Gujarat where some Dalits were attacked and humiliated for doing just their jobs – skinning dead cows – I do not see any leadership of the movement. Yet, in district after district, Dalits have risen – though it cannot yet be called an uprising as some have labelled it – to assert themselves and their rights
The brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old kabbadi player last week in Jamkhed taluka of Ahmednagar district, known for large-scale Maratha atrocities against Dalits, has only added to this impression
Pankaja Munde might do well to take George Clooney’s advice to heart
Athawale sports not just a saffron “bhandara” but also saffron shirts under suits that are brightly saffron too. Meanwhile, many of his dwindling Dalit supporters go blue in the face
Now Shahu’s descendant, Sambhaji Raje, has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India and NCP chief Sharad Pawar is at it again
The question is which of them will inherit Maharashtra, come September 2016.
It stands to reason then that both the “strong” parties are now desperate to ally again with their former partners but will not make a big show of it
Regional parties across India, which set up business post-Independence, have come to power in their respective states within 15 years of their existence each. It is only the Shiv Sena which took double the time – 30 years – to accomplish that task in 1995
There has been no new investment to speak of in months, even those who came in with great fanfare are on the verge of winding up and venturing towards greener pastures
I believe that assessment is quite true because more than any other party in the country, the NCP needs the oxygen of power and its trappings to survive.
Even as the Maharashtra government mulls building a 300-foot-high statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the sea off the Mumbai coast, the city will soon play host to a unique tribute to the Great Maratha.
Now the newspaper has taken a delightful anti-establishment turn and is less a mouthpiece than a mirror held up to governments past and present
That farmers in the hinterland are facing double jeopardy — of drought and a beef ban — escapes everybody’s attention. The ban on cow slaughter may be disputed in various ways but it remains a fact that including bulls and male calves within its ambit has contributed to farmers’ distress
A few army veterans have sunk all their savings in the apartments and they are the ones who are most likely to suffer.
Sena workers have been pressing Uddhav to distance himself from the BJP for it has begun to be obvious the party is fast losing ground among all sections of society, rural and urban
Pankaja Munde lets down all those women who worked hard without bothering about smudged make-up or selfies, and even her father who never needed a camera for his good work, writes Sujata Anandan.
If there is a mid-term assembly poll the Shiv Sena will gain
In the larger scheme of things, the Shiv Sena with its combination of the old and the new is emerging as a credible alternative across castes and communities – and, yes, even states.
So, much as some disenchanted people might wish it, Maharashtra will not be breaking up any time soon.
I am horrified that a potential riot-like situation is developing in one corner of India for something even more basic — water. Marathwada, in Maharashtra, is facing severe drought and the situation is such that many districts get water after days.
n the 1990s, the then chief minister Sharad Pawar attempted some social engineering during the rehabilitation of earthquake victims in Latur and faced resistance. The government had decided to resettle the people on the basis of economic status, rather than social norms. Which meant you could end up with just about anybody as your neighbour. When I spoke to one of the women who was at the centre of the protest I was startled to discover it was not food habits or religion that was affecting her sensibilities. “I am willing to accept a Muslim as my neighbour and I have no problems with their kurbani during Id. But I will not live beside a Maang or a Mahar!”
During the 2009 assembly elections, Sharad Pawar was rather annoyed by a pesky reporter who would not let go of a question on Maratha reservations.
HT’s Sujata Anandan remembers the time when news broke about Sanjay Dutt’s possession of an AK47 rifle.
Free atmosphere at a university shapes both - a person’s politics and liberalism.
The controversy over ‘Bombay’ will continue to rage until the Thackerays embrace ‘Thakre’ full and square.
Over the weekend, I met an old friend who is a government contractor.
I wonder if legislation is the way to clearing such taboos across religions.
Rahul Gandhi was as sincere and very earnest — but charming? Umm… well, I could have turned cynical in these decades but I think he needs to work on his charm offensive. With some escape velocity of his own!
Nitin Gadkari has been a good friend for decades – we first met at a model educational parliament in Nagpur organised for university students by the late Dr Shrikant Jichkar who was then the president of the students union at the university.
Bureaucrats are not cooperating with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis’s government and none of the cabinet decisions taken in the past months have found their way to fruition. In fact, Fadnavis has been publicly cribbing for months about this lack of cooperation. He needs to find his way out of the spot he’s in.
There are very few politicians I know who have quit the BJP to join the Congress, but there are several from the Shiv Sena who have achieved greater heights within the Congress
It is now Sanjay Nirupam’s turn to discover this bitter truth about his new party. He was a combative Shiv Sainik to begin with and even today has lost none of that aggression in demolishing the opposition
Of the four main political parties in Maharashtra – the Congress, the NCP, the BJP and the Shiv Sena – two have always wanted a separate Vidarbha
Like his 75th birthday celebrations, organised in two parts this year (one in Delhi, the other in Bombay), Pawar then held a rally the next day at the Mahalaxmi Race Course grounds for his supporters
I owe my proficiency as a political journalist to one of my first editors who dismissed my journalism until then as ‘Sunday journalism’. If I wanted to be taken seriously I must choose either politics or business as my specialisation, he said.
It seems to be open season between Bollywood and politics.
For the sake of Paris and Bombay, my two beloved cities that faced similar terrorist strikes, I hope liberalism wins the day.
Humility in defeat is one thing. But now will even the Shiv Sena rise to arrogance in victory? Who knows.
Fadnavis is from Nagpur, my home town, and I know many of his friends, colleagues, teachers and the like. So I was loathe to be critical of him. But I must now reluctantly admit that my analyst friend was right when he described Maharashtra as ‘leaderless and rudderless’.
The Shiv Sena is a party which is perpetually in the opposition — even when it is ruling. The last time it was in government (1995), it had mistaken the mandate for a green signal for extortion and violence.
There is not just a lot of hypocrisy about beef but also a lot of ignorance. And shame on the Maharashtra government for starting the regression into what was not even followed in ancient Vedic times writes Sujata Anandan
But I can see one mirror is rather cracked and foggy, while the other has a sharp new reflection. It is up to the Shiv Sena now to polish up its image to suit the challenges of the times.
Sharad Pawar, however, is out of power. But where, for god's sake, are the other laal battis!
I have been researching Maharashtra’s society, culture and polity for some time now and I have been impressed by the fact that it has been the most progressive Indian state of all time (that is, if you exclude Bengal which has also had many reformist movements over centuries).
I had never heard of 'food riots'. Neither had my politician friends. When I mentioned the phenomenon to them on my return from the former Soviet Union, they dismissed it peremptorily. "Food riots will never happen in India. We are well stocked. No one goes hungry."
There is no chief minister of Maharashtra who has done more for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj than the late Abdul Rehman Antulay. The state owes it to him to have the huge picture of Shivaji at the entrance of Mantralaya.
I am glad the Congress has risen from its stupor. I was afraid it was in danger of setting into rigor mortis.
There was a time during the Shiv Sena-BJP rule in Maharashtra between 1995 and 1999 when Nitin Gadkari was not being allowed to realise his full potential as minister for public works.
As I write this, I do not know if Yakub Memon will be hanged on July 30) or granted mercy. But of one thing I am sure – his faith in the Indian system of justice has been betrayed by the politics surrounding the serial blasts of 1993.
Basic freedoms are being violated in the name of religion - or vegetarianism. The nation stands in danger of becoming both bigoted and highly undernourished!
I may be mistaken, but I thought the Nationalist Congress Party was no longer a Congress ally and was supporting the BJP government in Maharashtra.
Pawar's problem has always been one of articulation--he is not nuanced when he speaks either English or Hindi.
I must confess that I’m disappointed. I am by no yardstick a fan of the BJP, but I was willing to set my cynicism aside when Narendra Modi stormed to power on the promise of rooting out corruption.
The government must consider: Do we want half-educated people to preside over the destinies of our children? Only knowledge begets knowledge; anything half-baked causes indigestion. And ignorance is not always bliss.
In the 50th year of its existence the Shiv Sena must reinvent itself in the modern idiom or, like the Indian tiger, face extinction.
By now it is obvious that the NDA government at the Centre has merely been repackaging - or more appropriately renaming - all old UPA programmes and presenting them as their own.
Who better than Bhujbal in return for saving Ajit’s neck from the noose? And people won’t even notice that the bigger fish got away in the bargain.
Sena seems to be caught between the horns of a terrible dilemma, particularly with regard to BJP.
I truly run out of words - except to appeal to Lords Rama and Krishna to give us better netas with more intelligent repartee than we have had in years.
Nearly a decade later, Nagpur had its revenge: It was the only city in the country that did not report a downturn in 2008 when the world, including New York, was going bust. Fire cracker sales were at an all-time high that year.
Gadkari has such wonderful advice for farmers — use your urine to irrigate your crops. After all, he collects his urine in cans to water organic vegetables at his Lutyens bungalow in New Delhi with remarkable results. Should the farmers take that advice seriously? Hmm...
Nearly one year into the Modi sarkar and six months of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, there seems to be a sudden dearth of leadership in India.
I wonder what purpose Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit (on April 30) to these regions is really going to serve — except to score some political brownie points against the BJP, which has already lost the plot so far as farmers are concerned.
When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi heaps sarcasm on Union minister Nitin Gadkari, I feel quite sorry for my long-standing friend from my hometown of Nagpur.
I wonder if the Sena and the AIMIM know that Bal Thackeray was the first person ever in India to lose his voting rights and that to contest elections for hate speeches he had made during a 1987 byelection to Vile Parle.