Has Shivaji Finally Lost To His Followers?
The legendary iconic figure who single-handedly managed to carve out a Hindu kingdom under the nose of the Mughal empire with his sheer determination and courage must be turning violently in his grave of late looking at his followers and their out of context irrational behaviour. I am sure when Shivaji started with his quest to create an identity for the Hindus and Indians at large (not only Marathis) , perhaps at the most hostile period, he never had these stone pelters, Bhaiya bashers anywhere near for support (not that he wanted them either). The great soul must be turning in his grave - not entirely because seeing how idiotic the very Indians have become for whom he fought all his life but also to see a bunch of good for nothing, destructive, nonsense entities claiming to be his followers. The fighter who didn't lose to anyone, not even to the Aurangzeb is for sure would be feeling sorry and dejected for loosing finally to his so called followers.
The theatrics and tantrums both before the book by James Laine on Shivaji was banned and most recently after our Apex court lifted the ban is good enough for an icon like Shivaji to go on a permanent exile. Does a man like Shivaji needs protection from these jokers? Does his stature so fragile that any Tom, Dick and Harry writing a book would malign that? Most important does a man like Shivaji deserves these problematic, good for nothing jokers as his followers? Answers to all three of them I am sure is a big 'NO'.
These so called goons turned politicians who believe it is only their prerogative to care for Shivaji and worse as if this iconic figure is their personal property should be confirmed in a hurry if they are at all aware of the ideology and philosophy that Shivaji carried all through his life. The funny act of these goons in past days is same as Kobad Gandhi shouting Jai Bhagat Singh while been escorted out of the court room without knowing an ounce what Bhagat Singh always stood for. These nefarious elements who doesn't have a vision much beyond pelting stones at everything for any reason and beating poor daily wage labourers, just because they don't belong to their community or state and then claim themselves to be the front row admirers of the great Shivaji is a shame in itself.
While these idiots leave no stones unturned in their chest beating exercise of showing off the whole world how much they love and adore Shivaji are actually the first ones who ran towards an institute dedicated and founded in memory of the great man and ransacked it to prehistoric era along with damaging valuable and priceless memorabilia of Shivaji. All this for what - only because the book somewhere in a note of thanks has allegedly mentioned this institute's name for sharing some details about Shivaji with him. Honestly I haven't seen this kind of affection where the loving people went on a rampage to destroy the memorabilia of the very person they claim they love.
Not to be too far behind in their effort to woe the Marathi voters the ruling government thought of showing a thumb to the Apex court. If this is not enough they are planning to bring in a law where the offender of these iconic characters would be dealt with iron fist. God save these fools from making the whole nation a bunch of fanatics. Could these great thinkers clarify - who would decide if somebody did actually offended an iconic character or not? More important who should decide who are such figures need to be termed as iconic. Are not the chaps of the likes of Lalu Yadav, Madhu Koda, A. Raja, Telgi, Harsad Mehta, Sharad Pawar, Mayawati are all iconic figures for some section of the society or the other? Hence thanks to this new proposed law any comment or healthy political discussion on these seasoned crooks would automatically make you an offender. Even I could be the sorriest person and would be tried in Indian courts if I say Ekta Kapoor's Saas-Bahu stuffs are more dangerous than nuclear bombs for human race as I am sure there would be millions of housewives who would be gunning for me each with a legal notice in their hands for insulting their icon. Don't even dare to write bad against Dawood Ibrahim as you might just end up with both bullets and legal notices from all corners of Mumbai's underworld section. I can very well see the snubbing the government would get if at all they stick to their promise and go for such a bizarre law.
For a second if we give that poor author a benefit of doubt and admit his findings are facts then whats the big fuss about it? After all Shivaji was also a human being and it is very much natural for humans to commit mistakes and Shivaji can't be an exception just because he is Shivaji. When a certain Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi can go to a brothel in his younger days and we can digest that then what problem is there to admit or accept - Shivaji wasn't that great as being projected in our history books, if at all that is the case. Even if we are too much hypocrite to accept it and want to live in our own perception where others views are considered rubbish, still it seems grossly irrational to come to the streets and start pelting stones at the BEST buses and damaging national property.
If not for anyone, these self styled goons should refrain from damaging national property for the person they claim they have highest regard as he himself would have been utterly sorry, looking at these destruction on his name for sure. For once, let Shivaji be at peace in his grave and build a nation which he has envisioned years back, which certainly is a prospering nation. Not a nation full with stone pelting idiots and vote bank grabbers.
Has Shivaji Finally Lost To His Followers?
- » Published on July 14, 2010
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