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Shiv Sena In New Avtar: How Far Will The Tamed Beast Go?

The father-son duo of Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya are transforming the once violence-loving party into a moderate one to suit the current political environment. The party cadre, though, are unhappy at being denied their regular adrenaline rush of 'tod phod'.

Constant bustle, Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar, Mumbai

A young, educated woman who had lived with her husband in China until a year ago, occupies one of the plastic chairs outside the office of Sanjay More, shahar pramukh (city chief) of the Shiv Sena in Pune. The woman, a mother of a six-month old, says she is a victim of domestic violence. Finding no redressal at the local police station, she knocked on the doors of the Nana Peth shakha (unit) of the Shiv Sena, for a solution to her domestic matter.

More listened intently and then called a female sainik to take up the woman’s case. “Why do you take his beatings,” is her opening line. “Have you got no hands? Throw some mirchi (chilli) powder into his eyes and he will never touch you again,” is the sainik’s solution to the problem. More interjected, saying that the woman wanted to go back to her marital home. The sainik stands up, assuring More that the woman would be taken to her home later that evening. “Let me then see who throws her out,” says the female sainik and walks out of the room with the victim in tow.

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