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Raj toons in

When Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray goes to call on his uncle, Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, after a silence of three years, what do you think the political antagonists talk about? Cartoons, of course.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2008 19:55 IST

When Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray goes to call on his uncle, Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, after a silence of three years, what do you think the political antagonists talk about? Cartoons, of course. Dear old Raj, fresh from ratcheting up his Marathi manoos campaign, took great pains to tell us that he just popped over to return some cartoon books — his uncle was once a cartoonist before the higher calling of sectarian politics consumed him – some of which were so old that pages had to be pasted on.

Now we know what you’re thinking. That having made a bit of caricature of himself by bashing up hapless migrants and trying to reinvent the wheel that his uncle rolled out years ago, Raj is up the creek without a paddle. And he’s hoping Uncle Bal will pull the chestnuts out of the fire for him. Shame on you. Poor Raj is probably just exploring alternative career options to that of ‘rebel with one cause’. Given his predilection to be ‘mini-me’ to his uncle, maybe he’s planning a career in doodling.

Agreed that Bal was no Charles Schulz. But we guess he could give Raj the broad outlines of a career in cartooning. The MNS chief could try and convince us of the humour that moves his cadres to whack Bihari migrants about. And the hilarity with which his goons have lit into north Indians taking railway exams. So let’s hope we’ll soon be treated to a Marathi version of Mad Magazine with Raj in the stellar role as Alfred E. Neuman of ‘What, me worry?’ fame. It should be a bag of laughs, just as long as Raj knows where to draw the line.