At last, Rahul Gandhi’s much-hyped Mumbai visit is over. One wonders whether the aam aadmi has anything to do with the politics played over Mumbai by the Shiv Sena, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the Congress, the BJP and other political parties. All parties, irrespective of their stature, are after their share of the cake. How long can we continue to put up with such unproductive and divisive acts of politicians?
Those seeking to divide society are less in number but they are united, which is why they succeed in destabilising the polity. Those who suffer because of them are more in number but they are divided. Civil society should come together to defeat the divisive forces.
The politics over Mumbai is assuming the shape of a chimera. The first line of defence against this malady should be the State government but the Maharashtra government is, as usual, reluctant to act against the Sena. The Constitution has placed reasonable restrictions on the right to the freedom of expression. What, then, prevents the government from acting against the divisive forces? One fails to understand the rationale behind the wait-and-watch policy.
Praveen G. Kulkarni,
There can be no Mumbai or, for that matter, any State or city that does not belong to all Indians. The Shiv Sena’s Mumbai-for-Marathis stand will only promote enmity and discord among people.
The Sena episode and the Telangana issue have gained dominant coverage in the media, pushing back all other vital issues such as unprecedented price rise and growing unemployment.