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British Airways apologises after re-tweeting racial abuse against customer

British Airways' Twitter account, which has 210,000 followers, reposted the message which included extremely profane language and a racist term against Asian people. The carrier later apologised

London: British Airways (BA) has launched an investigation after an offensive and racist message was apparently re-tweeted from its official Twitter account, reports PTI.

 

The BA Twitter account, which has 210,000 followers, reposted the message which included extremely profane language and a racist term against Asian people, yesterday.

 

After the offensive message was deleted, staff at the airline then tweeted an apology.

 

It said: "Apologies for the last RT. We are sorry for any offence caused and are investigating how this may have happened," the Daily Mail reported.

 

The incident started when a profane message was posted by a disgruntled Twitter user named Jae Jang Ladd.

 

Another user of the social networking site tweeting under the name Asian Ronaldo, replied, again using profane language, asking Jae Jang Ladd asking him to go back to his country.

 

This message was then re-tweeted by the official BA Twitter account.

 

Within minutes, hundreds of Twitters users resent the re -tweet and later more than 160 followers had re-tweeted the apology.

 

BA spokesman Helena Flynn said the team were thoroughly investigating how the incident had occurred.

 

She said it had not been ruled out that the account may have been hacked.

 

Flynn said: 'We don't know yet how this has evolved.

 

"We'd just like to apologise to all of the poor people who have been involved in this and apologise for any offence caused."

 

She said that police had not been in touch over the post and as yet there had been no official complaints.

 

BA said the Twitter account was managed by its large marketing team.

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The Balasaheb Thackeray phenomenon: A hatke view

We Indians breathe regionalism and hence regional leaders become icons. How exactly did Balasaheb Thackeray touch the heart of the “Marathi Manoos”?

The “Marathi Manoos” loves the Intellect. He loves forthrightness, courage of conviction, creativity and sarcasm! He also loves anyone who worships Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Balasaheb Thackeray was an embodiment of all these put together with an additional bonanza of possessing political acumen which he executed through his political party—Shiv Sena—the name inspired by the great Maratha King.

 

The “Marathi Manoos” especially during the 1960s and 70s possessed a hidden inferiority complex aptly portrayed recently by the Marathi movie “Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy”. Now, with the world having become a global village and Maharashtrians playing a big role in different professions (including the IT industry in a big way); entrepreneurship and easy availability of English school education, the level of confidence has surely shot up, but the “inferiority complex” thing still lies subconsciously hidden. Also, history lovers love to bring out the aspect of the historical animosity between the Northern and Maratha Empires that still perhaps lingers. It is these two aspects that Balasaheb used to good effect when he launched his fledgling political party, Shiv Sena, in 1966 to amplify the “Marathi Manoos” rhetoric.

 

The very idea that someone is taking up the cause of the locals in terms of employment and regional identity surely aroused curiosity and interest going by the five lakh Mumbaikars who were present at the first public speech of Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Dadar (where he was also cremated). Thereafter, besides the breaking of the leftist-socialist trade unions that dominated Mumbai then, he had already carved his place in the heart of every Maharashtrian living in and outside Maharashtra, even overseas, for the “Marathi Manoos” identity.

 

With a formidable network of Shiv Sena branches all over Mumbai, other cities and towns and Shiv Sainiks who were ready to obey his orders of taking law into their own hands, often with indulgence in violence and destruction of public property, Balasaheb created the “fear factor” to which even law enforcing authorities often relented. No one wants to take ‘panga’ with the Shiv Sainiks and this has led to their extortion tactics in various ways particularly in the industrial belts. Even if we give the benefit of the doubt to Balasaheb Thackeray for being ignorant on this front, the fact is, it has reached cancerous proportions today. At the other end, local level Shiv Sainiks are well connected with the aam aadmi and do address individual and community issues.

 

Balasaheb’s control over Mumbai with the mere raising of his hand is authoritarian in nature. Subsequently, we have seen Raj Thackeray, a natural successor of Balasaheb in terms of his firebrand personality effusing the same rhetoric with much the same style. Thus, taking law into your hands continues. Uddhav Thackeray the pronounced official successor is a great organizer but is too mild-mannered to fit into the image of the Shiv Sena associated with aggressiveness. Balasaheb was a political brand that was fiery; Raj has followed his footsteps.

 

However, what has happened to the Marathi Manoos in these six decades that Balasaheb Thackeray ruled? Psychologically it may have given strength to the Marathi identity and made the migrants aware that they better respect the “Karma bhoomi” (Maharashtra) but the stark reality is large scale unemployment amongst the Maharaashtrian youth, especially in urban slums. Drug and alcoholic addiction has become rampant. Laziness has set in with a harsh tone of arrogance as a livelihood, but extortion has become common practice.

 

Perhaps Balasaheb’s passing away might bring in the two warring cousins together considering that Uddhav’s health is not in its pinkest. If, as BJP insiders say, the coming together of the two cousins is a definite reality, the fact is, Uddhav will have to play second fiddle. Would he do that? Would Raj be magnanimous enough to share political advantage which has automatically come his way?

 

Whatever the future is, the question will be whether the raising of junior Thackerays’ hands are enough for Mumbai and Maharashtra to obey their command? Perhaps that era has been consigned to flames. With anti-corruption movements steered by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal wherein the awareness of good and corruption-free governance is increasing amongst citizens, it will require the Thackerays to deliver much more than just indulging in fear psychosis and the “Marathi Manoos” rhetoric. If they make themselves relevant to the times, the Marathi Manoos will still pledge by them.

 

(Vinita Deshmukh is the consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)

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COMMENTS

Sudhir Jatar

4 years ago

In my comment below on Vineeta Deshmukh's article, I have stated facts duly supported by evidence. The theme of my comment is that the actions and reactions are equal and opposite or more. In this case, the reaction is more than the action because of Thakeray's personality. That is why I am weaving my argument around vote-bank secularism in which our so-called secular political parties excel. My whole argument is based on the our propensity towards vote-bank secularism.
What happened to the two girls who were arrested was not government policy. In fact, newspapers have reported that the DGP had given both written and verbal orders not to arrest the girls. Then how come the juniors took the law in their own hands?
This is because the 'rank & file' is indoctrinated with the anti-minority sentiments by quoting various instances, which are factual.
One has to interpret Mumbai politics.
The fear complex does pose a threat to India. The major division in Indian polity is “secular Vs. communal” without precisely defining the meanings of these terms.
The influential voices said what they said on the death of Thakeray either out of fear of Shiv Sena ransacking them or to wean away Thakeray’s vote-bank in the aftermath of the death of the only figure with charisma in SS. This is clearly evidenced by the arrests of the two girls who posted the commonly felt view on face book and the repercussions that followed in a state governed by ‘secular’ parties. Note that out of the ten miscreants who ransacked the ‘uncle’s’ clinic, four were Muslims.

Obsequiousness is certainly a trait of the Indian. Look at all political parties except perhaps the BJP and the Left. All are servile to their ‘leader’ who is supreme no matter if he or she if half-educated (VII standard pass or fail) or is not born in India or pre-partition India!
Thakeray’s fascism was born out of ‘vote-bank’ secularism. In India, ‘secularism’ largely means “reaching out to the minority community, which is a vote-bank.” This has become a pre-condition to prove one’s secular credentials. Mani Shankar Iyer, as the Petroleum Minister, removed the plaque in memory of Savarkar in the Cellular Jail in the Andamans where Savarkar spent over 20 years and the major part of his youth. Correspondingly, Iyer spent these years in the Foreign Service having the best of everything. However, Iyer ‘forgot’ to object to the sound & light show for the tourists at the Cellular Jail, which eulogised Savarkar. Obviously, he just wanted to curry favour with Congress vote-bank by making an issue out of a non-issue when he went to unveil the plaque at the Cellular Jail.
It is the narrow parochialism of our political parties, vote-bank politics, wooing the minorities etc that has brought up the likes of Thakeray and Bhindranwale. And it will continue until the our 'secular' parties mend their ways.
The present day concept of "secularism" is "sanctimonious" and reaching out to the minorities to prove one's secular credentials as Amitabha Bagchi says in his article in the Outlook magazine. "Pseudo" secularism has become "vote-bank" secularism, which is "sanctimonious", "hypocritical" and wooing Muslims at the cost of other minorities. Government's education scheme is a blatant example. The minority scholarships are granted centrally but selections are state-wise. The result is that minorities are identified centrally and made eligible. Hence, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are eligible for minority scholarships even in the states where they are in a majority. But Hindus who are in minority in these states are not eligible for scholarships because 'minority' is identified for the whole country.
Thus, it has not taken long to convert "vote-bank" secularism into a commercial venture on which a large number of so-called intellectuals are thriving today. This is corruption and is ailing India. Thakeray took advantage of the situation and exploited it to his self-promotion. The national secular project is certainly going to die and the cause will be that these secularists have converted secularism into a commercial venture where corruption rules and fascism thrives.
Thakeray was promoted by the Congress to fight the Left, which was taking over the trade unions in Mumbai. The top brass of the Mumbai industries was entirely non-Maharashtrian. Thakeray exploited this situation, not by objecting to the top brass being non-Maharashtrian but violently making it known that Shiv Sena would not accept the top brass bringing in skilled and unskilled labour from the states to which they belonged into Mumbai. It was the slogan, “Mumbai for Maharashtrians”. Obviously, were it not for the folly of the non-Marathis to import labour from outside Maharashtra violating the labour laws that made Thakeray win over the Marathi speaking lower middle class. You still find that echo in the rank and file of the police force who, on their own initiative, arrested the two innocent girls who tweeted on the face book after his death. It is the perception that matters; not always the reality. It is thus that he targeted different groups at different times. It was part of a well crafted strategy; not merely fascism. Again, it is incorrect to say that Shiv Sena did not do anything for the down trodden. SS adopted slums in the 60s and 70s and that is the reason why even Bangladeshi migrants living in Mumbai slums vote for the SS.

Nilesh KAMERKAR

4 years ago

No matter what . . . Ek Hi Tha Tiger!

Swapnil Hasabnis

4 years ago

One of the greatest leaders of Maharashtra.He was always proven right and spoke from the heart.He saved Sikhs from being massacred in Maharashtra.He though his remote control changed the injustice that took place in Kashmir in 1993 with regards to Amarnath Piligrims. When extremist said that they wont allow hindus to visit amarnath cave, our pm and defence minister at that time couldnt do anything. Balasaheb, true to his style, didnt care what pandits and paid media would say, warned that if Hindus were not allowed to visit Amarnath Cave, he would not allow any muslim to visit haj from. The mere statement changed the game and the extremists had to back off. No leader in India had the courage and conviction to say the right thing at the right time inspite of the fear of being unpopular to the Page 3 party going learned journos and people. Hats off to Balasaheb, a true hindurudaysamrat who cared for all religions. He helped many muslims too. He was only anti nationals,Not anti muslim. He trusted a indian muslim doctor and not like some italian queen who goes to america for treatment (? for what).The page 3 paid journos will never question her. The greatness of Balasaheb lies in the fact that he opened up his politics as he saw minority appeasement on the rise and some party who claimed to be Hindutuvawadi party were following Gandhian Socialism. He never cared for his image, never back tracked, there was no printing mistakes in his paper..Truly a legend. I paid last respects to him by going from Mahim to Shivaji Park. And yes i am not a shiv sainik nor SS has given me anything..But i owe this man a lot..

Kunju Kannan

4 years ago

I am not able to understand where these commentators get their information from. Some say "more than a million people" attended his funeral; some others, including TV channels, put it around "two million". And according to the police, if newspaper reports are to be believed, the figure is around 2 to 3 lakh!
Looks like everything about this man is grossly exaggerated. And since our society believes in not talking ill of the dead, people are trying to discover or invent a virtue in every act of his. Wonder whether the literate class is the biggest enemy of history as well as our nation.

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Shashikant Koppikar

In Reply to Kunju Kannan 4 years ago

Variation in the figure attending is not the reason for deriding the person's thinking. You are entittled to your views. Please respect other peoples similar entitlement and if you disagree, use logic and reason to counter the arguments.
Another important issue. I hope you castigate other public personalities with similar venom. If yes, I don't see any evedence of it on any blog. And I view a lot many of them. Being selective causes more harm than good.

Anitha

4 years ago

The rumor mongers in the Main Stream Media, the libtards and the sickularists could not simply digest the fact that more than a million people converged at Mumbai for Balasaheb's final journey and yet not a single instance of violence was reported. In order to overcome their strong feeling of disappointment, articles like this started coming out. In all fairness, Vinita Deshmukh is not the only person to write on these lines. There were many others. While this article may not have been "Cut and past" from other such articles, the feelings expressed are definitely cut and paste from other such pieces, though the author has put it in her own words! Even the libtards are not retards to the extent of blatantly doing a cut and paste job!

Coming back to Balasaheb, let me tell you this. I am from Karnataka. Balasaheb acted against people from my state in the late sixties and early seventies. That was a different era, different social context. It may be difficult for us to look at those events from today's social perspective and pass comments. What he gave to marathi manoos was a sense of identity. A sense of pride. A sense of belongingness. To that extent he was successful.

Priya Joshi

4 years ago

Looks as if the article is made by assimilating bits and pieces of other articles on Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena and Maharashtra politics. Professional cut and paste job. Moneylife should stay away from commenting on subjects where they have amateurish knowledge. Had great respect for Moneylife but this article makes me think otherwise. Please restrict your contributions to subjects related to money, economy and finance.
Coming to Bal Thackeray, it is now official that Mumbai had never witnessed such a huge procession and gathering at any public figure's funeral except when B.R.Ambedkar died in 1956. Secondly, Mumbai Police also confirmed that there wasn't a single incident of violence of any kind during the day in Mumbai. Does your article try to prove that over one million people who were on the roads to catch a glimpse of their leader were insecure & uneducated people or goondas or fools and only you, the so called 'well educated' and so called 'polished' individuals of society have all the GYAAN in the world? Please don't make an indirect attempt to influence the minds of your readers on subjects related to politics in Maharashtra. Most of your team members had not even called Bombay their home when Bal Thackeray formed the Shiv Sena.
Saddened by the route that Moneylife has suddenly veered into. You guys were doing a good job of educating the general public but now I have a feeling that may be you guys have some kind of hidden agenda and you have just tried to test the waters by publishing this article. Very sad :(

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Vinita Deshmukh

In Reply to Priya Joshi 4 years ago

To Priya Joshi: Since you are saying this article is a professional cut and paste job, you are charging me of plagiarism which is very serioius and hence you will have to prove it.Pl send me the original articles from where this cut and paste job is done. Pl highlight those sentences so I know. I challenge you. Disagreeing with my views is absolutely fine but alleging plagiarism is serious. You need to prove it or then apologise. By the way, the headline says it is a `hatke view' so obviously the article was not meant to be a political analysis.Hope you got that. I have always admired Balasaheb Thackeray for many of his facets and was overawed with the respect Mumbai paid to him in his last journey, which I too watched throughout the day. Does that mean I should not raise some uncomfortable questions?

Priya Joshi

In Reply to Vinita Deshmukh 4 years ago

Dear Ms.Vinita Deshmukh, pls accept my humble apologies for anything and everything in my response that may have hurt you or the editorial board.
I take back my words and i also agree that you may have made deep study of the subject before publishing it.
However, I also wish to reproduce a paragraph from your write-up about which I am a little confused and it would be kind of you if you can throw some light on it. Your paragraph is as follows.... "However, what has happened to the Marathi Manoos in these six decades that Balasaheb Thackeray ruled? Psychologically it may have given strength to the Marathi identity and made the migrants aware that they better respect the “Karma bhoomi” (Maharashtra) but the stark reality is large scale unemployment amongst the Maharaashtrian youth, especially in urban slums. Drug and alcoholic addiction has become rampant. Laziness has set in with a harsh tone of arrogance as a livelihood, but extortion has become common practice."
Here you have touched upon subjects like Unemployment, DRUG ABUSE, LAZINESS, ARROGANCE, ALCOHOLISM, EXTORTION affecting Maharashtrian youth. May I know from where you got this information? Any study that you conducted on Maharashtrian youth? Any surveys? Again apologies in advance if I have hurt the sentiments of your editorial board.

Shashikant Koppikar

4 years ago

Let us first understand that Balasaheb Thakre was a very complex personality. Where his critics falter is in critcising the man wholesale, instead of unravelling the multiple threads of his philosophy and evaluating each for its relevence in the modern context.
I am sure Ms Vinita Deshmukh has read P.L. Deshpande's "Asaa mi, Asaami", and the priceless gem of an opening para which, in effect, says, " We overemphasise "WHO" is saying and forget "WHAT" is being said.
For the time being, let it suffice to say that if we start with a blank, neutral stance in judging Thakre's thinking( not the persona), we would realise that along with saying lots of wrong things, he also said plenty of right things.

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Vinay Joshi

In Reply to Shashikant Koppikar 4 years ago

Mr.Shashikant,

In the first place inadvertently i've posted my reply to Ms.Priya to your reply link.Please excuse me.

I fully agree with your Pu-la quote but Balasaheb could twist a subject & turn it head down.

An interviewer very seldom had a leeway in his rhetorics. Even if they go round & around to extract an answer.

He never called himself a 'politician' but a 'political cartoonist'!

He never gave political speech [according to him] but a talk, gossip to the masses so that it touches their heart instead being incomprehensible in their head.
That was a message from his father 'Prabhodankar'.

He was but dominant a personality, lovable, kind hearted & emotional.

Bye, t/c all,

Vinay Joshi

Vinay Joshi

In Reply to Shashikant Koppikar 4 years ago

Ms.Priya,

I agree with you & Ms.Vinita differs as she has different ideology.

In the first place let me correct Mr.Shivkumar, Sun,18th was the wedding ceremony of Ms.Richa - none other than the daughter of the Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Mr.Satyapal Singh! He was present at 'Matoshree' at 07:15 Hrs,did attend the wedding ceremony - peaceful - but had cancelled the reception.

Anyway Ms.Priya, i'm in doubt if this is an original a post by Ms.Vinita. If you so desire you can write to her e.mail [email protected] & that i'm sending her the Cc of this post - for her valued comments.

I've not contacted the higher ups in Sena for the 'Palghar' incident but sooner i'll speak to Mr.Uddhav
to look in the matter.

Balasaheb, adulated, loved & loathed with equal vigour also feared.

Why all the bigwigs thronged? None may have voted for the party!? But benefited!

In the past forty six years there may have been about twenty odd CM's in Maharashtra,with a simple 'first' agenda to deal with him & that all have.

The only person in the 'WORLD' founder of a political out fit [didn't start with political intention!] to be at the helm for continuous 46 years.

A 'King Maker' but not the 'King' - who can be demolished on his saying!?

'Marathi Asmitha'- he only talked & practiced it & ALWAYS viewed the 'INDIAN NATION' first.Unlike other state regional leaders.

'Digvijay Singh' had stated he had Bihari lineage [but false] also visited him!

He had no party 'ideology' his own thinking made it.

He is the only person who never ever retracted his statement[s], always straight to the dart in interviews or public speeches.

Voltaire had said - "that if God hadn't existed, we would have had to invent him".

Balasaheb was the 'messiah' for the masses of Bombay [now Mumbai on his saying] & for the entire of Maharashtra. God person.

Rule book bend, cremation at 'Shivaji Park'. [this is third in Bombay, out of crematorium - 1st Bal Gangadhar Tilak, 2nd Babasaheb [Bhimrao] Ambedkar, 3rd Balasaheb!! All with first name with 'B' alphabet.]

Of course the rule book was also bend in 1995 when the then CM took oath at Shivaji Park & that the then Guv HAD to come down to administer the oath!? [Two days back the Guv also visited Matoshree to enquire about his health.]

The mortal remains of 'Hindu Hriday Samrat' were consigned to flames with 'state honours' & with a 21 gun salute!

Today the world has understood the phenomenon called 'Bal Thackeray'!? In death also!

An unprecedented multitude of supporters - possibly numbering over 2 million - formed part of the procession.

It was as if tsunami was not from the sea across but the sea of tranquility of the mourners. Sea of humanity unprecedented in recent memory.
Not a single untoward incident taken place. The procession stretched upto 3/4 km.

[Yes when Ambedkar's mortal remains reached S'Park the procession was on Tilak Bridge & that C.Annadurai had highest number of attendees numbering 15 million - Guinness record. BUT BAL THACKERAY NEVER WANTED TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY OR SEPARATE THE STATE, Annadurai could no more pursue it after the 16th amendment.]

Ms. Vinita, you know I’ve highest regards for you, why are you comparing slums?
What about your Marathi youth in Pune? They can’t distinguish between CDMA & GSM!

All politicians from all parties, captains of the industry, elites & socialites were all present to bid farewell to the 'beloved' leader.

The charisma & chauvinism of the 'Man' whose 'one' word -'A Command'!

He was the first person to come in support of Ms.Vinita Kamte – didn’t she tell you? & all other officers.

Why women throng to vote for his SS? Why BMC has 50% reservation for women corporators? Today there are 128 women corporators, house strength 228!?

Ms.Sucheta, Moneylife are in my backyard industrial estate!
They have known S'Park very well.

Ms.Sucheta, is also a highly regarded persona, Padmashree awardee & has immensely contributed to journalism & in dissipation of core information to the readers since her TOI & IE days.

Bye, t/c all,

Regards,

Vinay Joshi







shivkumar

In Reply to Vinay Joshi 4 years ago

Sorry Mr.Vinay I had nothing to do with CP's daughter's wedding, so no question of my being wrong. In any case CP is on a different footing. I was referring to attending the wedding of my cousin's son on Saturday evening at Mulund which I had to call off as the situation was uncertain. My cousin's family was forced to call off the baraat procession, they had to return the band due to pressure and also had to hurriedly complete the pheras, which even some SS volunteers wanted to be postponed, but later relented asking them to keep only one light on. So much for our Democracy. Long live Mobocracy.

Vinay Joshi

In Reply to shivkumar 4 years ago

Mr.Shikumar,

I fully agree with you.

Bye, t/c all,

Rgds,

Vinay Joshi

Vinita Deshmukh

In Reply to Vinay Joshi 4 years ago

Dear Mr Vinay Joshi: I have never said anything in my article about Balasaheb not having charisma or not being the phenomenon that he was. In fact,I had tweeted saying how my father, an ardent admirer of Balasaheb used to say that he is the one after Chhatrapati Shivaji. As a child, I was grown up to believe that he was the greatest thing that has happened to Maharashtra. I admired him for his cartoons and the immense knowledge and information he had about them. He confessed that he was influenced by one of world's greatest cartoonist David Low, who even Hitler loathed. I just came to know that three cartoons of Balasaheb have been included in a biography of Winston Churchill (i heard this in a recorded interview of Balasaheb shown by one of the Marathi TV channels). I admired him as he minced no words on any issue he was passionate about. No doubt he won the hearts of millions. It was the unique Balasaheb Thackeray brand which brought lakhs of people on the streets to pay their last homage. There's no denying that but does that mean certain fallout of the Marathi Manoos strategy should not be written about? Also, sorry I am not aware that Balasaheb supported investigations done by Vinita Kamte through RTI which were revealed in our book `To the last bullet'. I surely appreciate that.

dev

4 years ago

vinita, the edit team might have been watching "S0S" while finalising...the name of 1 of the emerging political figure has been spelled wrongly.

Kunju Kannan

4 years ago

"Anand" Kejriwal?
What a creative article from the recipient of prestigious awards!

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Vinita Deshmukh

In Reply to Kunju Kannan 4 years ago

Oops, very sorry. It has been corrected.

shivkumar

4 years ago

While broadly agreeing with Vinita, I have personally observed Shiv Sena since 1966 and I spent my first three decades close to the Sena's bastion. Fear has been the currency of Shiv Sena and even today it sells. Yesterday's bandh was far from voluntary, I have personally witnessed forced closures, curtailment of a wedding ceremony, cancellation of a condolence meeting. To make things worse there is the prosecution of two young Muslim girls in Palghar for writing something mundane about Balasaheb on FB and vandalising by Shiv Sainiks the clinic owned by these girls's uncle. I dont't know how many of us are aware about the damage caused by anti Bihari campaign by SS. Recently, I was in interior Maharashtra and first saw the huge adverse impact on industry (SMEs), many of whom have shifted to Gujarat.

Raj Thackeray is going to encash this very card of violence and fear. We all love to play safe, who is going to take him on when even the police itself has a soft corner for SS as witnessed on countless occasions over the last forty years.

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Mandar Kulkarni

In Reply to shivkumar 4 years ago

In my City, Shivsena does not exist; yet all shop owners, theatres,etc spontaneously closed their business on saturday. Personally checked with many of them and confirmed that nobody has asked or forced them to do so. It was shear respect and love for him.

Mandar Kulkarni

4 years ago

Couple of other very important factors that were hatke about Shri Balasaheb. 1. Casteless or 'Jatirahit' politics. No decisions in Shivsena were taken by considering anybody's caste/Jaati, unlike Congress and NCP which play caste-based politics. 2. Balasaheb raised the exact issues which the common man was suffering daily. Hence it appealed to them and he remained connected with the masses.

BrijMohan Sharma

4 years ago

First of all the author has put almost an unbiased still a tilting analysis. Maharashtra happens to be number one state in terms of Industrialization; the commerce; trade and exports; films; and so many other things; still people are unemployed it is a matter of shame and concern to the applicable authorities including ShivSena, Congress, NCP and others. The problem of unemployment is a property of India and its all States. The Planning Commission and all Governments of any coalition have been and are unsuccessful in providing a gainful employment to the emerging educated and otherwise quality people eligible for employment. This is a national and regional failure at all the levels. There is and there was a chance for Maharashtra to ensure 100% employment to its people but the entire polity including ShivSena could not deliver this to Maharashtrians without embarassing constitutional values. The sad part is the acts of ShivSena and MNS have put them in global odd situation in constitutional framework. To an extent Government machinery is responsible who have not ensured that as per the rules of Maharashtra why the levels of employment are off in various industrial units and this indicates disguised corruption. While in Rohe or Mahad you shall find that Maharashtrians have employment as per percentage fixed for locals; this could not be in Mumbai or Pune or elsewhere say Thane belt etc. Anyway I am of the view that as per laws whatever percentage of employment has been reserved by the State Government of Maharashtra this must be complied/monitored/ reviewed by all concerned. Once this is done; and if the problem of employment is resolved; then the cause of ShivSena and MNS get automatically defeated against Non Maharashtrians and now may be the right time to dissolve and dilute such policies so they start commanding national deserved respect. Perhaps fault lies with the Government agencies and poor monitoring. I would not like to name that in Mumbai in few units the percentage of Maharashtrians is as per laws; but for that credit goes to the owners of those units; but in others where Maharashtrians have not got their deserved legally allowed employment; the fault lies with SHIVSENA/MNS/ and the Government and those deviating corporate units. Liked your analysis. regards. ShriBalaSaheb had to present Himself and His Policies ZARA HATKE ONLY; otherwise Others HATA DETE UNKO..JHATKE SE..

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Vinay Joshi

In Reply to BrijMohan Sharma 4 years ago

Mr.Brij Mohan Sharma,

I'll be highly obliged to know from you about the Maharashtra laws of compulsory employment.

Further also let me know the employable skills of the unemployed.

Why there is about 8% unemployment in US & that EU has staggered growth on the brink of breakdown?

Do not mix up local jobs from Roha or Mahad for the people whose land is acquired!

Education! The foundation stone of employment & persons aptitude. OK.

Regards,

Vinay Joshi

Veeresh Malik

In Reply to BrijMohan Sharma 4 years ago

Dear Brij Mohan ji, while agreeing with most of what Vinita writes on this subject, the query I have for you is this - is MH the Number One State in India in all the parameters you have mentioned?

Please look around the rest of the country in an unbiased manner too.

Best regards/VM

BrijMohan Sharma

In Reply to Veeresh Malik 4 years ago

The composite Index of Industrialization whatever has been agreed and approved in the Parliament; as per that Maharashtra is number One. I am certainly open for an amendment in this definition. You may be knowing on what basis the Total Tax collected in India is distributed amongst States by the Centre. Even that definition might require an amendment; but it is upto Members of Parliament and Parliament. I am really helpless in that. But I support an improvement in all definitions if these are relevant now. regards.

Bourses restrict trading in 40 stocks for demat failures

The restriction in trading of these 40 stocks comes on top of shares of close to 500 companies already being kept under restricted-trade category by both BSE and NSE

New Delhi: Leading stock exchanges BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) have restricted trading in stocks of as many as 40 new companies on account of their failure in meeting the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)'s direction on dematerialising of shares, reports PTI.

 

The action comes after these companies failed to convert a mandatory 50% public shareholding into demat or electronic format, or either they did not submit the shareholding data for July-September quarter or provided the exchanges with wrong shareholding patterns.

 

The restriction in trading of these 40 stocks comes on top of shares of close to 500 companies already being kept under restricted-trade category by the two bourses.

 

As per SEBI regulations, shares of all listed companies having less than 50% public holding in demat form need to be traded only in the 'Trade-for-trade' segment of the exchanges. The trading in this segment requires compulsory delivery and these shares can be sold only after a buyer is found at their quoted prices.

 

In a circular, BSE has listed out 39 such stocks that are being moved to 'Trade-for-Trade' group with effect from 23 November 2012. The NSE has also listed out three such stocks, which includes two named by BSE as well, taking the total number of such stocks to 40.

 

These include Deccan Chronicle Holdings, Falcon Tyres, Ion Exchange India, Prithvi Information Solutions, Rama Vision and Vikash Metal and Power Ltd.

 

In addition, BSE said that as many as 459 stocks would continue to be traded on 'Trade-for-Trade' basis due to their non-compliance to SEBI's demat shareholding norms.

 

These companies include Austral Coke and Projects Ltd, Bhilwara Spinners, Dhanlaxmi Cotex, India Cements Capital, Jaybharat Textiles and Real Estate Ltd, Oswal Yarns, Sakthi Finance and Zenotech Laboratories Ltd.

 

At NSE, shares of 15 companies would continue to be traded on 'Trade-for-Trade' basis, including stocks of Austral Coke, Jain Studios, Sakthi Finance and Jupiter Bioscience Ltd.

 

Besides, BSE has named a total of 448 companies whose shares would continue to be traded in 'Trade-for-Trade' group "for reasons other than the demat criteria". NSE has named 10 companies in this category, including Birla Power Solutions, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision and 3i Infotech Limited.

 

NSE also said in a circular to its member brokers that two companies -- Koutons Retail and Samtel Color -- have complied with demat regulations, but would continue to remain under restricted trade category due to 'surveillance' reasons.

 

However, BSE has decided to move 100 stocks out of this restricted-trade category with effect from November 23, as they have complied with SEBI's regulations for demat shares.

 

These include 3i Infotech, Eastern Sugar and Industries Ltd, Monnet Sugar, Ontrack Systems, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision and Zenith Healthcare Ltd.

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