India

Sena vandalises, in the name of Mumbai

  • Bhavika Jain and Zeeshan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: May 12, 2008 12:55 IST
In a throwback to the 90s when the Shiv Sena launched an agitation to rename Bombay, Sainiks took to the streets on Sunday and vandalised signboards of two institutions using the old nomenclature. Over 15 people chanting ‘Shiv Sena Zindabad’ painted ‘Mumbai Scottish’ on the wall outside Bombay Scottish School. And in Worli, 15 Shiv Sena activists knocked down Bombay Dyeing boards outside the company’s showroom.

Interestingly, 17-year-old Aditya, son of Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, is a former student of Bombay Scottish.

The attacks come after Saamna editor Sanjay Raut wrote a stinging article rebuking some institutions for still using Bombay. "Even when the whole world refers to the city as Mumbai, the usage of the word Bombay by certain individuals is meant to smite the self respect and dignity of the Maharashtrians," Sanjay Raut said in his weekly article.

"We are doing this on the orders of Balasaheb Thackeray and Abhijeet Manse," said Nitin Chavan, secretary of the Sena’s youth wing.

 

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