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Biharis ready to say it with roses

Munnabhai said it with roses to tremendous effect in Lage Raho Munnabhai. And now, a cultural portal is following Munnabhai’s lead to lodge a protest against Bal and Raj Thackeray for their anti-Bihari views, reports Ankush Singh.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2008 02:42 IST
Ankush Singh

Munnabhai said it with roses to tremendous effect in Lage Raho Munnabhai. And now, a cultural portal is following Munnabhai’s lead to lodge a protest against Bal and Raj Thackeray for their anti-Bihari views.

Owners of www.bhojpuria.com have decided to send a rose to the Thackerays every day till the two show respect for Bihari sentiments.
“We don’t believe in tit-for-tat policy. We request fellow Biharis to support us in our campaign,” said Sudhir Kumar, MD, Ifogate Exporters Private Limited.

The website was adjudged India’s Best eCulture website for the year 2006.

The portal has launched a blog section titled “Apne desh main hum parya kaise? Kahen?” (How did we become strangers in our own country) where people can express their views on the issue.

“There is need to raise our voice against this mindless campaign launched by the Thackerays against a community, which has played a significant role in the progress of Mumbai," said Kumar.

However, he acknowledged that many netizens do not agree with his Gandhigiri campaign and have called for other ways of protest.

“Insane Raj Thackeray should be hanged,” reads a blog by SN Yadav. Mustafa Hussain writes: “Raj is mentally ill. He should get himself treated by a doctor.” Alok calls for filing a case against the Thackerays in Mumbai High Court. Other bloggers maintained that an Indian has the right to work anywhere in the country.