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The Usual Senantics

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The Usual Senantics
Atul Loke
The Usual Senantics
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"Terrorists should be born among you too. There must be suicide squads, ready to die for a Hindu rashtra. Otherwise it'll be a lost cause. Tomorrow, if we've to take the Muslims head on, I know my Sainiks won't lag behind."
—Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at the October 15 rally at Mumbai's Shivaji Park.

Every October, on Dussehra day, Bal Thackeray spews venom from a maidan in Dadar, central Mumbai, better known as the city's cricket nursery. So it was last week—the Sena chief was at his rabble-rousing worst before a full house at Shivaji Park as he spoke out against Muslim terrorism and pseudo-secularism even as he justified the post-Godhra riots, his rhetoric hitting a feverish pitch this time. The Congress-led government in Maharashtra found the speech so inflammatory that it directed the police to lodge a case against Thackeray for "promoting communal disharmony", which, under section 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code, is a non-bailable offence. If convicted, the Sena chief could be sentenced to three years imprisonment.

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