Shobha De interviews Raj Thackeray-
SD: As a politician, how important is money?
RT: Most important. What can you run without money?
SD: The young Maharashtrians, even those living around Shivaji Park, young educated, restless Maharashtrians… do they subscribe to your tactics?
SD: Yes, tactics. Using force on people, throwing stones, pelting cars, destroying property… do they approve of it? Don’t you think you’re giving Bombay a very bad name?
SD: Ok, Mumbai.
RT: If this is giving a bad name to Mumbai, then what do you say of the 1992-93 riots? Did the industries not come to Maharashtra at all? The point is this — you don’t take away my rights, I won’t take yours.
SD: Do you justify Hitler’s tactics?
RT: Yes, I do. If you don’t understand my point of view, I’ll have to do this. For me, Maharashtra’s pride is most important. Maharashtra is for Marathi manoos. Will you say England belongs to other nationals because they are there in large numbers?
Read the whole interview.