Karachi is a city in Pakistan. And Pakistan is not a country the average Indian is too pleased with at the moment, the Mumbai terror attacks and all. But Raj Thackeray’s goons – with or without his knowledge – have gone a step further. They threated the owner of a shop in Mulund, Mumbai – “Karachi Sweet Mart” to change the name of the shop because its named after the Pakistani city. And the threat has had its effect because the cops of the city – the “heroes” – don’t want to do their jobs willingly. The owner of the shop has changed the name to “Jai Shri Krishna”-
A person close to the Sachdev family told TOI, “Sachdev is a 60-year-old man suffering from diabetes and continues to live in fear. He apprehends that his shop could still be targeted and he could be attacked while commuting from home to shop and back.”
Despite police arresting six MNS activists, including Deshmukh, and also providing security cover, Sachdev apparently took a “personal decision” to rename of his shop to Jai Shri Krishna.
People close to the family said he did not have faith in the local police, which had initially favoured the MNS. It was only after TOI wrote about his plight that the police did a volte face and gave him security cover. Sachdev and his business partner decided to give in to the MNS demands a few hours before Raj Thackeray was to address a massive rally in Thane.
The Indian police machinery is highly politicized and corrupt and you can’t trust them to protect you when you need it the most – they will sell you out to the goons the first opportunity thy get – unless the media spotlight is on them, of course. But that’s the least of the problems. The main problem is that we have too many donkeys in India, and most of them are humans. And as everyone knows, you can’t reason with donkeys. They will either bite you or kick you in the teeth.
If Karachi is in Pakistan, so is Takshashila. And its a city that’s supposed to have been established by Lord Rama’s nephew King Taksh. Maybe we should burn all history books that mention any Pakistani cities, or leaders, even if they have “Hindu” connections. We should compel Advani to get his birth certificate changed. Karachi is the capital of Sindh. Maybe we should force Sindhis to change their community’s name to something “Indian”. But Hindu, India and Indus too have their etymological roots in Sindhu. However that didn’t stop some crackpot from demanding that the Indian national anthem be modified and any mention of Sindh be removed from it – on the grounds that it infringed the sovereignty of Pakistan!
In another display of ass-headedness, a man has filed a case against AR Rahman and Anil Kapoor for “insulting” slum dwellers because their movie calls them “slumdogs”. Another case has been filed in Gujarat because the title is “demeaning.” Then the Shiv Sena has attacked multiplexes because the film hurts Hindu sentiments.
Sometimes I wonder what these people think they are doing. It seems their parents abdicated the responsibility of teaching them what civilized behavior actually is, they way they go about beating people, and troubling others so that they get their fifteen seconds of fame. I have been seeing incidents like these since I was three – starting with people running after each other with swords in their hands. Nothing has changed in all these years. You can’t reason with donkeys. The only language they understand is that of the big fat stick.