(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 28, 2010
Abject Surrender To Shiv Sena
Another issue that came to the fore in
Suddenly, one fine day, Aditya Thackeray,
the grandson of Shiv Sena (SS) supremo Bal Thackeray and the son of SS
president Uddhav Thackeray led a demonstration outside
But what happened next was nothing short of
startling. The recently appointed
Actually, elections to the leading academic
bodies of the university, including the board of studies and the
council, were then on. Dr Rajan Welukar did not think it fit to wait
elections and then refer the matter to the new board of studies.
said that he called the old board of studies which took the decision to
the novel from the syllabus! Such speed of decision in such a
matter has been unheard of, not only in
Doubts had been raised even earlier about the merit of the new vice chancellor. His appointment has been challenged in a court of law. This spineless decision, which is a challenge to the freedom of expression, only confirms those doubts. The supportive stand of the Congress chief minister was also in line with the old compromising stands of the Congress (and the NCP) vis a vis the communal and chauvinistic forces. The intellectual community and the press in Mumbai condemned the decision of the vice chancellor.
Within a month of this episode, in the Dussehra rally of the SS, Bal Thackeray with much fanfare inducted Aditya as the chief of the SS student wing by presenting him with a sword! With the above act of intolerance, he had earned his colours and had proved himself to be a ‘worthy’ successor to his grandfather!