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Stripes and gripes

india Updated: Oct 19, 2010 22:02 IST

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If there is one party in India that has its priorities right, it is the Shiv Sena. While the rest are kvetching and carping about the Karnataka imbroglio and rotting foodgrain, our Sena lads have asked for a ban on the burqa. And why, you might ask. It appears that a burqa-clad woman has kidnapped a baby from a Mumbai hospital. If she had been wearing a nine-yard sari, we presume the crime would have been less heinous. Does the Sena ask why hospital security allowed a stranger access to a baby? Of course not. Such footling details are not part of the Senavision.

Then we have the other Sena agenda, now successfully concluded, of getting Rohinton Mistry’s book Such A Long Journey banned in Bombay University. No mean feat for Aditya Thackeray, the new kid on the blockhead. Earlier too while other parties were exercised over such trivial issues like food security and electoral rigging, the Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray tore a strip off Salman Rushdie for his less than complimentary references to a person who may or may not have resembled the former cartoonist. So what next for the Sena and its espousal of the Marathi manoos? A ban on that south Indian abomination, the dosa?

We hope for further fun and games when the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena of the fire-breathing Raj Thackeray tries to go one better and perhaps will ask for a new Marathi uniform that could be designed by the uber manoos Bal, maybe incorporating some stripes. And we certainly expect the Sena to come up with an answer to the Commonwealth Games that Delhi has pulled off. Perhaps a Marathi marathon that Uddhav can kick off. But given the Sena’s commitment to modesty and Marathi culture, the participants will have to wear Maharashtrian clothing and drink local sherbets on the way. Those who cross the finishing line before any of the Sena worthies will be, if time permits, beaten up. Or banned along with the burqa.