Mumbai - Of all the crooked politicians of India, Bal Thackeray was perhaps the most brazed in his hooliganism and shamelessness.When he died in November 2012, eminent people, including the President of India, Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi, etc fell over each other in paying tribute to this rascal. But I wrote an article entitled ' Why I can't pay tribute to Bal Thackeray ', which was published in the ' Hindu ' on 19.11.2012. These are the words of former, Chairperson Press Council of India, Markandey Katju.
Supporting India as an union, he said, "Thus, it is a fundamental right of a Gujarati, south Indian, Bihari, U.P.ite, or person from any other part of India to migrate to Maharashtra and settle down there, just as it is of Maharashtrians to settle down in any part of India."
The Shiv Sena created by Thackeray attacked south Indians in the 1960s and 70s, and vandalised their restaurants and homes. In 2008, Biharis and U.P.ites living in Mumbai were described as infiltrators and attacked, their taxis smashed, and several beaten up. As per Katju, this is all done for vote bank politics.
Hence I regret I cannot pay any tribute to Mr. Bal Thackeray, remarked Markandey Katju.