When it comes to the Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray is like a patriarch in retreat. From his headquarters at Matoshree, he can only survey the damage being caused by a family war that continues to rage silently. If the second-generation 'army of Shiva' ever runs aground, he can blame the protracted tussle between the rising son, who got the cake courtesy papa, and a nephew whose isolation is near-total.
"When it comes to the party, my father relates to me as the Shiv Sena chief, but at home we're father and son. It's the same for Raj and me," wrote Sena's new executive president Uddhav Thackeray in the party mouthpiece, Saamna.