Shiv Sena is in the news, and for all the wrong reasons. Acting as law makers and law enforcement on certain issues, Shiv Sena during the last few days, have protested against some programs and forced their cancellation .In one case, Shiv Sainiks even blackened the face of the organizer of a program and threatened him with dire consequences.
The first in the series, during the last one month, was protest against a concert by Ghulam Ali, the famous Pakistani Ghazal singer. Now, Ghulam Ali is not just a Pakistani citizen. He is a world citizen. He is known as Ghazal King all over the world. As a man, too, he is hugely loved simply because he is humble and affectionate.
The second incident related to the release in Mumbai of a book written by Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, a former Pakistan Foreign Minister and now a leader of Imran Khan’s party Tehrique Iqbal.
The Shiv Sainiks smeared the face of the organizer of the book launch, a former BJP ideologue Sudheendra Kulkarni and said it was a form of “peaceful protest” against Pakistan.
The latest in the series was forcing cancellation of Indo-Pak rock band show in Ahmedabad on Sunday, October 11.
Going by the history of the Shiv Sena, one would not be surprised with their conduct. But then what happens to Mumbai and the people of Mumbai who feel ashamed of having such elements in the world class city?The Shiv Sena has not done any proud to a city which the world knows and possibly dreams of as a glorious world by itself.
It becomes the duty of the government to rein in the “anti-social elements”. There should be zero tolerance for those who try to be the arbiters of law, more so when the Shiv Sena is part of the government at both the State of Maharashtra and at the Center.