Shobhaa De expressed her tacit support for Raj Thackeray’s cause during her interview with Karan Thapar on Devil’s Advocate (IBN-CNN). This seems to be a depature from her earlier stand. Bharat Dabholkar too spoke in support of the cause on different TV channels. Is it suddenly fashionable to flash your Marathi identity? Or is it genuine concern for the not-so-privileged Marathi Manoos?
For decades, the EMM (Elite Marathi Manoos) has tried to blend in the “Cosmopolitan Bombay”. Switching to Hindi or English in public, so that he is not looked upon as “Ghati”. This “Accommodating Maharashtrian” never asserted his cultural identity in the capital of his own state! Shiv Sena was derided as “goonda party” and a distance was maintained… till Raj came in his new avatar earlier this year. Frankly, he is doing exactly what his uncle did… but seems to be getting tacit support from EMM which Thackeray Sr. didn’t!
With the MNS मंथन, Maharashtra has been churned and polarized like never before. Suddenly, EMM is forced to take sides… which he is not very comfortable doing! So you see him reacting the way Shobhaa De is… empathizing with the “cause” but not the “method”.
3M feels time will tell if Raj will be able to woo EMM enough to actually make him vote for the MNS…