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News&Views Feb 2010
Feb 11 2010

Is Mumbai going in Kolkata way

Turmoil in Mumbai continues

Last two days turmoil in Mumbai about release of film My Name is Khan continues (see all links below). Whole day had many events. In the morning MNS leader Raj Thankre jumped in the battle. He wants now Shiv Sena also not to be soft on Amitabh Bachchan. Shiv Sena now says that Maharashtra CM (chief minister in India is the head of the government) got his position because of Pakistan!

CM Ashok Chavan assured full security to people. As I reported yesterday more than 1200 shiv sainiks have been arrested. Police has taken a lot of measures. In the morning multiplex owners had started feeling confident and promised release of movie on Friday and opening advance booking. But by evening, news is that Multiplex owners have decided not release movie tomorrow time being.One can not blame them, there were some incidents of vandalism.

There was even news that Congress government CM in Andhra has issued a call for boycot of cricket match IPL if it does not play in Hyderabad. So now even a Congress state Government itself also has started behaving practically like Shiv Sena and MNS!

Why do multiplex owners feel not secure
While so many arrest have been made, top leadership of Shiv sena and MNS who really issued these threats etc. and whose statements inspire foot soldiers of their parties a lot to act, go Scot-free. I wonder that is this the main reason that People do not feel very confident of Government assurances? Can you think of some other reasons also?

There was also news that mighty Reliance is considering shifting its head quarter from Mumbai to Jamnagar in Gujarat. How much of this has to do with intimidations issued by Shiv Sena leaders to Reliance chief Mukesh Amabani, just because he said that all four metros belong to the whole nation? Perhaps quite a lot? He will surely feel more comfortable with BJP CM Modi in Gujarat, who clearly is following a different philosophy of government. He is not satisfied with just a minimal level.

Any government will consider its duty that it creates a peaceful atmosphere for people to carry out their business and movements. Why Congress led governments are unable to do that? Does it not look like that they have got into a quagmire situation. They are unable to take (or do not want to take?) practically any action on top leaderships of such parties who issue intimidating statements. There is very little doubt that actions of top leadership of such parties do create violence and intimidation. But they are surely not terrorists. Is instigating violence and intimidation, enough crime for a person to be tried in a court of law? I wonder what do lawyers say? Last time under similar intimidation court did issue several times instructions to state government to take action against Raj Thackeray. But Congress led Government does not seem to be willing to do much. What is their fear? Is it that actions may create more violence by foot soldiers and also these leaders may become a little more popular with certain vote banks in which they also have some share?

Is Mumbai going Kolkata way?
Congress style of governance helps in creating a little monster initially with their compulsions of vote bank games but they do not allow it to go beyond a limit. But as the time passes they find themselves in a situation as occurring just now. Their basic idea of governance not going below a minimal level of chaos goes off balance (see previous article News&Views Feb 2010 Congress Budges ). I wonder if top bosses of congress will wake up ? Otherwise more and more organizations will move out of Mumbai and there will be no difference between Mumbai and Kolkata (accept offcourse that in Kolkata place of Shiv Sena and MNS is taken by Leftists led by CPM and Mamata's party and of government is also taken by CPM led Leftists and it has been going on for several decades) .

Links to news mentioned in the article (photos taken from internet sources)

Boycott IPL if Hyderabad games shifted out-AP govt

Why is Shiv Sena soft on Amitabh, asks Raj Thackeray

Will act against 'bully' Shiv Sena, says Chavan

After Rahul, Shah Rukh, Ashok Chavan becomes Shiv Sena target

Mumbai multiplexes reopen advance bookings for Shahrukh’s film

Multiplexes in Mumbai not to screen "My Name Is Khan"

RIL may shift HQ to Jamnagar

News&Views Feb 2010 Congress Budges

News&Views Feb 2010 Politics-India Shiv Sena -3

News&Views Feb 2010 Politics-India Shiv sena

News&Views Feb 2010 Politics-India Shiv Sena -2

News&Views Feb 2010


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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Yes! I agree Moulik!

    • Moulik Mistry profile image

      Moulik Mistry 

      8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      We are on the same boat, brother...

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot Roychoudhuriji. I agree with you completely. Infact after this article next day when things were handled a bit better I wrote another article titled "Mumbai has chosen a different path".

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I have been delighted by reading your article. It is nothing but politics. Mumbai was the economic back-bone of India and it will remain so. Time to time there may be ups and downs. Economic prosperity will remove the narrow regionalism. Thanks for sharing.


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