Statues come alive
Someone desecrated Meenatai Thackeray’s statue and Shiv Sena ‘s party workers went on a rampage. Overcome as they were with emotion on their beloved “ma tai” being insulted, the loyal Shiv Sainiks came out in thousands to protest in their unique style. They burnt buses, cars and scooters. They broke shops. They destroyed private and public property.
The sheer power of their retort is impressive, even if it deserves to be criticised as totally unfair. For one, they were all united in their response. For another, their protests spread like wildfire across Maharashtra’s major cities and even beyond…it almost looked like a well-crafted plan. Surely, it was impressive.
Now if only they would react similarly when a police constable rapes a girl child. Or when a senior citizen is murdered for a few thousands. Or when Mumbai’s despicable roads gets inundated with crater-sized potholes at the first hint of rains. Or when the construction mafia forms a cartel to grab every piece of available land to build more concrete structures thereby ensuring more flooding.When all this happens, the loyal Shiv Sainiks become statues themselves.
Of course, statues come alive only when other statues are in distress.