An unposted letter…to Mr. Bal Thackeray!!!

31 Jan

India is a diversified country…so we are bound to have diversified opinions. But then one has to watch his/her tongue when they try to influence someone else or a group of people with their opinions/ideologies.

I am referring to none other than Mr. Bal Thackeray for his immature statements. Being an old tiger in the jungle he should have known how to embrace grace than to time and again embarass it. ShahRukh Khan (SRK) has the right to air his opinion about the current affairs and most importantly about IPL and its selection debacles as he owns one of the franchisees. He’s right about being disappointed for the kind of treatment dished out to the Pakistani cricketers at the IPL bidding. There was no clear statement about why all the IPL franchisees ignored them.

I repeat again that SRK was right in voicing his opinion. But my question is, why and what does the sena chief want to prove by making statements that target SRK? Is he trying to gain political mileage by attacking a top movie star? Does he need to stoop down to such low standards? Afterall why? Statements like “SRK should make Kasab the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Afzal the vice-captain” showcase how immature he still is, or how low he can stoop. All of this in the sunset of his life, just doesn’t suit him…So I felt like writing a letter to him. Here I go:

Dear Mr Bal Thackeray,

I write this letter to you, with the hope that you don’t get angry that its not in Marathi as well as not written by a Maharastrian. I love Mumbai/Maharasthra as much I love the rest of India. Looking at myself in the mirror, I see no difference in you as a Marathi Manoos and me as an Indian. We are like any other human beings, but then why do you see a difference? I really don’t know…

You need to stop this mockery…the tiger seems to be roaring for the wrong reasons.
You need not bother about the following things:
1) What all SRK or Saif says…
2) About to whom Mumbai belongs. The Marathi Manoos are best without your suggestions.
3) About taxes on cricket matches played in Maharasthra…

Instead if you need political mileage, pick on these topics:
1) Ask the Government to expedite the Kasab Trial…ask why his trail is wasting so much of public money…
2) See to it that no terrorism activities ever happen in and around your beloved cities. I wouldn’t like to see you or your partymen hiding in your respective dens in times of need. Where the hell were you when 26/11 happened? You have no right to pick on your country men over that when you yourself were hiding when those terrorists took charge of your city!!
3) Ask your son Udhav take on serious issues rather than pick on movie stars.

As I conclude, I want to ask you one question that I always wanted to ask you – Have you watched the movie Spiderman? – If not, pls watch it…maybe have it translated in Marathi just incase you feel its too unethical to watch the English version. Do not miss the scene where Spiderman is adviced by his uncle, “With great power, comes great responsibity”…you need it the most…cos I guess you never had such an uncle.

Expecting more positive actions from your end.



Posted by on January 31, 2010 in I~do~such~things, Thoughts


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20 responses to “An unposted letter…to Mr. Bal Thackeray!!!

  1. aparna

    February 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

    tooo gud a letter..why dont u send it to him …mayb this wud change him 🙂

  2. aparna

    February 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

    and i donno who all are there in srk’s cricket team ..but if he says pakistani players were ignored,,,,then why din he take them in his team(incase he dint take them ) rather suggesting pder ppl

  3. Sriram

    February 1, 2010 at 11:43 am

    both of them are nutjobs. One for saying we have a “great neighbour” to the west and the other for, well, its a big list. Anyway, both of them deserve to shut up and keep it that way. I wonder why SRK thinks hes some great mahan to be spouting political bullshit and why bt thinks hes a grt gyani when all he does is spout nonsense. We need hardnosed people to take on terrorism aka pakistan. Not either of these idiots. Of course, you could check out my blog for a sample (shameless promotion! 😛 ).

  4. preeti

    February 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    bal ji has the hormonic urge to make his presence felt 🙂 attention seeking syndrome disorder.. No use talking abt him.. chal cheers 🙂

  5. Dishit

    February 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    hats off to you! 🙂
    nice balanced view!
    to listen to such statements in the morning newspaper does make you feel sick! am also planning a post on this – hopefully it materializes soon 😉

  6. Agila

    February 2, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Wow! Very impressed Sree – at your courage and candor with this post!

    The last part about Spiderman totally rocked – Not just Mr. Thackeray, I guess every politician in India desperately needs THE uncle..


  7. jayanthi

    February 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Amazing one dost…u spoke for all..
    suddenly everyone seems to have come to their voice what they feel without any fear of the sena..hope they are able to stick to it till last…

    its time they stop all these cheap gimmicks…

  8. iselldreams

    February 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    i am too far away from Indian politics, the cricket team or the person you are mainly talking about, but in this post i m surely familiar with one person that is SRK 😀

    Thanks for publishing an entry which is at least partially about SRK 😛

  9. amrita

    February 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

    to say that the sena is insensitive is nothing new. First it was Sachin Tendulkar next SRK, whatever they say the people of our country by far love these two more than those 100.
    they have sunk to new standards this time, and not even God can help them this time around. Maybe they should do some research on India’s history to get it right.
    good post.

    -as miffed as you.

  10. Sree

    February 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks guys for your views…seems like not a single one among us likes what he’s doing but he still does it…faala…badaa hoke bhi no dimaag!! Hmm…

    @ Aparna, kya main uska naukar hoon…let him come here and read 😛
    @ Brig, plugging isnt shameless…will head to your blog right away sir! 😀
    @ Preeti, haan “tan tan” partner…cheers!! 😀
    @ Dishit…I read the newspaper sitting in the right place! 😉
    @ Agila, great…I have 2 uncles! 😛
    @ ABBB…Sena survives on gimmicks alone…
    @ ISD, I put that SRK pic only for you… 😛 else you would never come to this post!! 😛
    @ Amrita, haan ji…sunk lower indeed! 🙂

  11. shruti

    February 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    good work.. y dont u just google the id out and send it. wil b fun [:p]

  12. Sree

    February 8, 2010 at 1:23 am

    @ Shruti,

    Hehe…I think I’m much more busier than him…he’ll google n himself reach here 😛
    Thanks buddy! 🙂

  13. Prashanth Ganapathy

    February 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I wrote a letter to the Shiv Sena too… Here it is..

    An Open Letter to the Shiv Sena

    Thackeray Saheb, ( BalaSaheb or Udhav , whoever is calling the shots )
    Asa kai kela ?
    I live in Mumbai. No; I live in Bombay. Sorry, I am using the dreaded “B” word as a mark of protest. Why am I in a sacrilegious mood? Because, I am upset and disappointed with the Shiv Sena’s attitude! I was so looking forward to this weekend. I had it perfectly planned and you ruined everything. How could you do this? We had such a great thing going over the years and in a blink of an eye you betrayed me for that over-rated Shah Rukh “Ham” Khan.
    Valentine’s Day will not be the same anymore without the Shiv Sena disrupting it.
    Growing up in Bombay, if you ever put me in a rapid fire quiz show and asked me, “What comes to your mind first when I say Valentine’s Day ? “ Without any hesitation my answer would be “Shiv Sena”. Yes, Not Love, Not roses, Not cupid. You had entrenched yourself in Bombay’s Valentine’s Day folklore. And now you have abandoned all those couples in love who depended on you to provide the spark in their otherwise mundane relationships.
    As I write this letter, it takes me back to my first V-day. You were at your peak that year. Most of the big hotels, pubs, and night clubs had canceled their parties. It was the perfect hide and seek game. How will the couples manage to sneak in some alone time, manage to hold hands in public, exchange those ridiculously expensive roses and paraphernalia and whisper sweet nothings without being caught by the minions of Balasaheb. So much more exciting than a quiet candle light dinner or a deafening Bollywood remix party. Looking at the expensive demands the chick I was taking out was making, I was sweating balls. But as it turned out, everything she asked for, you managed to get to it first .. She wanted some expensive soft toys. That store I went to was destroyed by you a day earlier. So all the other stores around were closed. She wanted to go to this yacht party with some supercool DJ from Delhi. But your goons got to him a week before and made him swear that he will never set foot in Mumbai on V-Day. I ended up giving her a rose from my neighbor’s garden and taking her out to a romantic dinner to the local Chinese tapri and I didn’t even look cheap doing it. She was so impressed by what you had done in the run up to V-day that she was begging for this. I never properly thanked you for that. Aah the good old days.
    As the years went by, I was amazed at your innovative methods each year. How funny my date and me looked when we had our faces blackened , or the time I wanted to break up with this girl but didn’t know how until you came along and made her tie me a Rakhi. That was easy . Or the time when I was having a romantic candle light dinner and your sena broke the window of that restaurant. The tiny pieces of glass flying all over the place and falling all over our food and us, looked magical. Right out of a fairy tale!!! But what takes the cake was your campaign to force couples caught on V-day to marry each other. I was so pumped up about that. I even managed to catch a filthy rich girl that year. But somehow we never ran into each other. That would have been the jackpot.
    Sigh, I’m all teary-eyed now. This year, I had met a girl from the “We love Shiv Sena on V-Day” generation. It was going to be perfect. We were planning to walk in front of protesters and then hold hands. This would have led to a high speed chase through the streets of Bombay.On being caught; we were looking forward to the new and innovative punishments you would come up with. It would have made both of us feel proud. But all that is just a dream now. You chickened out and decided to go after a SRK. It was so much below your dignity. Was it worth it?
    I just cannot have a V-day without the excitement the Shiv Sena used to provide. So I became innovative and decided to do the unthinkable. If the disrupters don’t come to us, we would go to the disrupters. I was going to commit the sin of going to a SRK-KJo movie in its opening weekend just so that it would be disrupted and I could have a slice of excitement and reminisce the good old days. But, and it’s a big BUT… our government decided to actually do something for the first time in 10 years. Why now , Mr Chavan. Please go back to doing nothing. We loved you that way. That’s why we relected you time after time for the last 10 years. Now you have really done it. The one place I could get some action, and you stopped that too. Why ? I had to actually coax some local Sena Shakha guys to protest outside a local multiplex before they catch the Sunday evening show , pay off the local constables to wait for atleast 15 minutes before taking any action, just to get a feel of the good old days.. We are living in truly troubled times. This has cost me more than all the earlier V-days put together.

    I hope you learn your lesson and we have a normal V-day next year. Otherwise I will have to move to Bangalore. Ram Sena is eating into your market share. Beware. Or worse, I might just incite Raj to steal this plank away from you too.


  14. Sree

    February 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    @ Prashant,

    Brilliant letter man…sadly I feel the Thackeray’s are not the kind who will get to feel sarcasm…they are just hardcore vacuum heads!! Loved the letter boss…thanks for posting it!! 😀

  15. Narayani

    May 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    superb! 🙂

  16. Sree

    May 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Narayani, thanks buddy! 😀

  17. shanthi

    May 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    very well said. hope he gets to read it, will help him reform himself. thank u

  18. Sree

    May 31, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Thanks Shanthi! 🙂


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