U hv made a very good Essay on Balasahebji.
He definitely fanned anti XYZ feelings but being born and brought in Mumbai I know how much ill treated Marathi Manoos were before his rise.
He gave them voice, dignity and confidence.
Even if he cud push things beyond a level but he did not and live examples are retaliatory riots in Gujarat which noone could control for long but he stopped at right time. He did not go beyond a level in case of Shahrukh and many others.
I am referring to your following statement: I always wonder if Mr Thackeray would have used the 'Satyagraha' things would have been different.....I do not know......
I also feel that peace and brotherhood and adjustments should not be only expected and preached to Hindus and do not think that if Balasaheb had gone on Satyagraha things would have been different. It would have been either worst against Hindus if he had not inspired them and against order ( like in Gujarat) if he had not applied break. He timed it well.
It is like 10 goons trying to attack a child for his misdeeds but first the guardian slaps own child to win / pacify the prospective attackers and then goes ahead and makes appeal to them to calm down. He first won the confidence of angered and affected Hindus and then calmed them down or else things could have been bad. An unknown phantom ( fear of his personality) in him also restrained Muslims to a great level to.
I pray to god that we all live in harmony post his sad demise as there is no one who can control his followers and neither there will be any fear in the minds of traditional lawless groups in some communities.
I will request citizens like you to form a group who can rush to CM if they find any alarming situation in city and ask him to be firm and ensure that situation does not go out of hand and post Thackerayji it will be worst scene either way ( Hindus getting brutally attacked like from the times of Mohammed Gajanavi ) or they get retaliatory like Gujarat which is equally bad.
The govt agencies as well as the enlightened citizens will have to be very alert and be ready to react fast if even a small incidence of communal feelings are seen flaring up.
Also in your detailed write up one thing left out is: There was a rampant eve teasing specially near ladies compartment. But he called upon Shivsainiks to teach lesson to such romeos and we found that last 25 years women had much better life in Mumbai then even in our Capital Delhi. But sadly scene is deteriorating in last few months we hear lot of crime against women. I request Uddhav to take a lead and start campaign against miscreants and raise confidence in the minds of women and Sr. citizens of my Mumbai.
...........no one tells and sees tomorrow the way Alok does......
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:40:35 -0800
Subject: [member_cai] Bal Thackeray: My Reflections
Bal Thackeray: My Reflections
Dr Harish Shetty MD
Dr L. H. Hiranandani Hospital
Dr L. H. Hiranandani Hospital