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A bitter aftertaste

india Updated: Jan 25, 2009 23:35 IST
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You can’t keep a good parochial outfit down. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), remember dear Raj Thackeray’s political formation, is back in action. Don’t tell me you’d forgotten just because it preferred to lie low while its stomping ground, Mumbai, was being set upon by terrorists. After all discretion is the better part of valour, and who knows about valour better than the doughty self-proclaimed keepers of the great Maratha warrior Chhattrapati Shivaji’s legacy?

No, the ever-inventive MNS has found a new target — Karachi Sweets in Mumbai. Has Raj developed a dislike for barfi, you may ask. No, silly, it’s the name which leaves a bitter taste in his mouth. A name redolent, not of gulab jamun, but of enemy territory. The shop has been around for three decades, but after 26/11, it’s sticking in the throats of the refined lads of the MNS. Now most of them are not likely to be able to tell their sandesh from their elbow, but that does not stop them from whispering a few not so sweet somethings to the hapless shop owner. Big industrialists change logos, so why not Karachi Sweets, asks the MNS. Oh yes, we can quite see them whipping up to the Tatas or Ambanis and demanding a logo change.

The MNS should not stop at this, it must seek a change of name for the Taj which was given by invader emperors. And let anyone eat Bombay duck at his own peril. And as for those foreign Udupi restaurants, let them know their days are numbered. After all, the MNS is not a bunch of macaroons.

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