The Shiv Sena, that beloved custodian of Indian morals and culture, is nothing if not thoughtful. After thoughtfully bashing up courting couples on Valentine’s Day for displaying amorous tendencies alien to our traditions, the Shiv Sena lads have sprung a surprise on us. They have decided to lend a helping hand to disc jockeys. The Sena is exercised about these spinmeisters being exploited and having to labour under dubious conditions. So if any shyster running a club thinks he can shortchange his DJs, be assured that he will be dancing to another tune composed by the Sena.
If any of you naysayers thought that western music was not exactly music to the ears of the Sena, remember how bowled over the Sena patriarch was when the late Michael Jackson came calling to Matoshree. Even his visit to the bathroom while there became the stuff of Sena legend. The Sena’s newfound musical inclinations could have something to do with the new kid on the block, the 20-year-old Aditya Thackeray who is clearly the heir apparent. We wonder how rival and uncle Raj is going to counter the Sena’s youth connect. We suggest that instead of spending time bashing up immigrants, the Senas go in for an image makeover. Raj could take up the cause of bar dancers, something that used to get the Sena’s goat in the past.
Sadly, we see a certain note of skepticism on the part of some DJs who are wondering if the Sena has some political agenda in espousing their cause. But we feel such fears are unfounded. The Sena just wants to tell the world that it is in the swing of things. And if things keep up like this, the day won’t be long when Lady Gaga drops in to Matoshree for natter with the aging tiger. Or better still, maybe Katy Perry could compose a Marathi ode to the Sena, given her fascination for all things Indian. The possibilities are endless but the Sena sure seems bent on hitting the high notes with this one.