(Apologies for posting a mere press release, but it’s something important and yet I don’t think it will be ‘interesting’ enough for the ‘national’ media to pick up. This is not to take sides at all, because there are no sides to take.)
RASHTRIYA SAMAJ PAKSH
Rashtriya Samaj Paksh, Shiv Jayanti meeting attacked by Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai
The Shiv Sena once again proves that it is a Brahmanical party by attacking OBC’s
Mumbai – February 23, 2009
A meeting that was organized by the activists of the Kurla unit of the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP) was attacked by Shiv Sainiks. The SS storm troopers, numbering 50, unleashed their fury on the meeting, shouting slogans, attacking the people and throwing chairs. The very fact that the Shiv Sainiks attacked Shiv Jayanti celebrations organized by the OBC (Other Backward Caste) activists, namely the Dhangar community (Shepherds) has once again exposed the Manuwadi – Brahmanical character of the Shiv Sena.
They objected to the fact that Shri Amol Madame (Mumbai President of the RSP), criticised Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray (Shiv Sena supremo) for his silence on the insult to Jijau Mata the mother of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, by James Laine, in a biographical book that has been the subject of a major controversy across Maharashtra. The book had clearly hurt the sentiments of the Dalits and OBC’s and all through the turmoil Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray chose to keep silent.
Shri Feroze Mithiborwala stated that the Shiv Sena has taken a position that opposes political and economic Reservations as an instrument of empowerment and it is our appeal to the OBC masses and all oppressed working people to leave the Shiv Sena as it has consistently betrayed the Bahujans.
Shri Kishore Jagtap, a senior advisor of the RSP, criticised the Shiv Sena and particularly Shri Bala Saheb Thackeray for distorting the memory and the message of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and by reducing him to a mere weapon of communal politics. He said that, it was none other than Krantiveer Mahatma Phule who rediscovered and resurrected the memory and the symbolism of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as an idol of the Bahujans. Thus there was a dire need to reclaim the life and teachings of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who was a paragon of secularism and an inclusive and plural nationalism, that was in consonance with the ethos and history of India.
As usual the police arrived on the scene after the destruction had been done.
Then the activists of the RSP marched to the Kurla police station.
The Shiv Sainik leaders, to our astonishment further defended James Laine and said that nothing of this nature has been written.
Finally after a heated debate, a settlement was arrived at.
The RSP has demanded that henceforth the police provide protection to all our public meetings.
It is only due to the elite Maratha domination of the Congress-I and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), that the OBC’s of Maharashtra have been driven into the Shiv Sena and the BJP.
But now as the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh continues to provide a political platform for the Bahujans, the Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress-I and the NCP, all controlled by the entrenched elite are bound to get aggressive and attack the new vehicle of Bahujan empowerment.
We salute the people of Kurla for having withstood the aggression of the Shiv Sainiks.
The RSP which is the true inheritor of the ideals of Rastramata Ahilyabai Holkar, Krantiveer Mahatma Phule & Bharat Ratna Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar will eventually succeed in defeating the elitist parties and liberating the Bahujan Samaj.
The Shiv Sena knows that and thus the attack !!
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