Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bal Thackeray's open letter to Sachin Tendulkar

Editor's note: Here is the translated version of Bal Thackeray's open letter to Sachin Tendulkar (Thanks to Indian Express, Bombay)

Dear Sachin,

You have played like a king on the playground. You have got international fame, lots of money. You have not only become a lakhpati or crorepati but also an abjopati (billionaire). But nobody is complaining about it. Instead, we are proud (of you)! On the playground you are shining with a new glow. But before the Marathi mind could come to terms with your straight drive, you made a statement — “Though I am proud of being a Marathi and a Maharashtrian, I am a Hindustani first” — at a press conference, leaving cricket and venturing into politics. You have said something more: “Mumbai is not the monopoly of anyone. All people of Hindustan have an equal right over Mumbai.”
Sachin, the Marathi mind was shattered after hearing this. Was it necessary to say this when everyone is poised to grab Mumbai? Why did you take this ‘cheeky-single’ while talking about your Marathi pride? Here you are ‘run out’ on the pitch of Marathi Manoos. We don’t understand why only the Marathi Manoos get such epileptic fits? (You don’t know) how Marathi Manoos secured Mumbai, as you were not even born then. Maneater Murderji Morarji Desai had gone on a rampage. This rampage resulted in Marathi Manoos bleeding on the streets. Hundred-and-five Marathi people sacrificed their lives for Mumbai. This Mumbai can’t belong to the father of any parprantiya (people belonging to another region)
And if anyone tries to sever it from Maharashtra, the Marathi Manoos will finish him off. We are all proud of our country and one should be so and you sportsmen should play for the country. But what about every cricketer playing only for himself nowadays? The country is going through several crises. Maharashtra is worse. Farmers are committing suicides, people are groping in the dark because of power cuts, prices of vegetables have skyrocketed, and inflation is on the rampage. Drought, Mumbai’s slums and diseases are spreading. Influx of (people from) Uttar Pradesh (and) Bihar is hitting Mumbai, in which Bangladeshi Muslims have spread like a virus. Has a person like you, who thinks about the country, ever thought about it?
Mumbai may be the economic capital of the country, but don’t forget that it is the capital of Maharashtra first. Sachin, remember, when you strike fours and sixes people applaud, but if your tongue continues to bat against the nyaya, hakk (justice and rights) of Marathi Manoos, then the Marathi Manoos will not tolerate it!
Hence, I want to give you an affectionate warning for the moment that don’t lose on the political pitch whatever you have earned on the cricket pitch.
Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra


Dinesh Sati said...

sachin u r right every person of india is first indian than marastian, tamil, bihari, bangali etc.Bal Thackeray is one of the intellectul person but by this type of statement he only playing politics.Bal Thackery u have to know mumbai is not seprate country.
Mumbai always known by india.

love said...

What is the benefit in debating who is wrong and who is correct? My question is that was there any one thinking why people from elsewhere in India are migrating to Mumbai?

People from Bihar and UP are migrating to Mumbai because they can earn more than what they can earn in their state. It is early human instinct to search for hunting ground. Growth of Mumbai is so dynamic and great that it creates opportunities. Mumbai attracts more workers. In other words its growth demands more labor than it have.

I see that the migration problem in Mumbai is due to the uneven growth across India. We can clearly say that Our Governments both past and present failed to achieve uniform development across India. Our government policy were driven by overseas financial institution and Industrial giants who need quick and more return to their investment rather than humble mind who understands the basic need of the poor people.

This kind of problem will keep increasing till we develop our rural India. This kind of events will be day to day NEWS till problems of farmers and peasants were solved. Migration is inevitable till we address the backward, oppressed masses of India, who need education and development. Till the root causes are addressed to make our rural India strong there will be increase in number of Person like Bal and Raj thackre.

Government alone can not achieve this as it is also the responsible of the people of rural India to think about the hurdles, road blocks, and social stigma in their society which have hampered their development.

When we are voicing for the rural development by Government we also need to remember that we have moral duty to help the government in implementing their policy and plan by increasing the awareness about hurdles and road blocks existing in the rural India which hamper its development.

No doubt that we have done lot of improvement plan for Rural India development since our Independence, My humble request to our readers is that We should not be mislead by our politicians and Media who paints Indian development based on KFC, McDonalds, Multiplexs, stock market Indexs, Fasion shows, satellite TVs, Internet useage, Mobile useage, sky scrappers, fly overs etc..

Though they are really signs of development but not the signs of whole India development.

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