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What makes a Sainik tick

india Updated: Jun 19, 2008 20:50 IST

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Whenever things get a bit dull in the country, we can always rely on the Balasaheb Thackeray to stir things up. If he is not expressing his views on ‘outsiders’ in Mumbai, he will go the tried and tested route of taking on the Muslim community. So it has come to pass that on a grey rainy day, he has urged the formation of Hindu fidayeen — suicide squads — to tackle the ‘Muslim bomb’. Knowing Mr Thackeray to be a man who leads from the front, we are confident that he will not stop at mere words as is the wont of many politicians.

Given that his vast organisation, the Shiv Sena, has among its ranks numerous out-of-work young men, it is now upto him to mobilise them to form these squads. Now, with what will the old dear tempt someone to blow themselves up in the greater cause of Hindutva? Certainly not decadent wine and women in a five-star paradise. The valour of the Shiv Sainiks is clear from their mob attacks on such incredibly threatening places as shops selling Valentine’s Day cards and dangerous elements like cooing couples. So this time round, the call to attack is against the ‘terrifying’ forces of Bangladeshi migrant workers.

But why stop at Mumbai? The right-wingers have long advocated ‘hot pursuit’ into neighbouring territories. So we recommend that the valiant Sainiks, with Balasaheb’s name on their lips, carry on from Wagah and confront the jehadis in their territory.