Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mumbai Belongs to whom?


The recent statement made by Rahul Gandhi,‘Mumbai belongs to all’ has created an agitation among the Shiv Sena party.Because the ideology of Shiv Sena states that Mumbai belongs to only Maharashtra and Marathi people.
Mumbai, the most populous city in India, is one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of approximately 20 million. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India, generating 5% of India's GDP, and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 40% of maritime trade, and 70% of capital transactions to economy. In terms of actual GDP size and contribution to the all India GDP, Mumbai occupies the top position, followed by the national capital region Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
But the question still remains unanswered that Mumbai exactly belongs to whom? Is it so difficult to answer this very question. Lets do a one to one analysis, to judge the ownership of Mumbai.
The politicians who make these remarks about Mumbai. What can we say about their contributions towards Mumbai.Firstly, lets start with Shiv Sena,Shiv Sena since its inception, has come out with a virtual rule book.Now, following this rule book very religiously, they don’t allow youngsters to celebrate Valentine ’s Day. Also, they break out through violent agitations against the release of bollywood movies. Recently, there were oppositions upon the screening of Wakeup Sid in Mumbai,because
in the movie there was mention of Bombay instead of Mumbai. Also, the upcoming SRK’s movie My Name is khan is trapped in controversies. There are violent activities carried out by Shiv Sena against the release of this movie.Apart from these contributions, one of the most significant contribution was that of the divide of Shiv Sena and formation of a new party MNS under the leadership of Raj Thackeray.Since then this duo of Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray have given an immense contribution in the field of violence creation and impasse generation in Mumbai, in order to get the competitive advantage for their respective parties Every now and then, there is upheaval upon some or the other movie release, protests against north Indians or turmoil against any leader or celebrity making some statements. And then very safely they sail through all these agitations by hoisting the flag of Marathi manoos ideology.Its rightly said by Rajdeep Sardesai, that this is not we would call as lokshahi but something known as thokshahi.But unfortunately, these hullabaloos in no way contribute to the GDP of the country neither to the Economic development.
No, Mumbai surely doesn’t belong to All, it doesn’t belong to these venomous politician who are lightening their lamps of politics by burning the mindset of common man. Mumbai truly belongs to all those who really work hard and because of that hard work we reach those GDP figures.Yes,Mumbai belongs to those goods cart puller near CST and Dadar station,for whom the day starts even before the sun rises,it belongs to all the middle class people who sail through the rush of local trains to get to their work, it belongs to the talent pool of white collar jobs who have immensely contributed towards the development of Mumbai as a financial hub.All these people, irrespective of their cast, creed ,region and religion are the true owners of Mumbai.It’s the knowledge power, sweat and hard work of these people, that has made Mumbai, the commercial capital of our country.
I am a Maharashtrian, but I refuse to support this unscrupulous so called ideology of Marathi Manoos.Neither I am supporting people of any region, nor I am concerned about the predicament of the release of Bollywood movies.As in,even if the release of My name is Khan is delayed by few days, its not going To hamper the bread butter of comman man.Whether the feud is between Raj Thackeray vs Uddhav Thackeray or between SRK vs Sena, it’s the common man who suffers.Whenever, these tribulations occur,the means of transport are either cancelled or the roads are being blocked, thus creating a chaotic situation for the people to reach their offices.

Ever since, why the politics in India has arisen by playing with the mindset of people and this play of mindset is prevailing not only in Maharashtra but in all the states. After 62 years of independence and after the divide and rule policy of Britishers, we ought to witness the divide and rule game of our politicians. I think the former were ineffective as compared to the latter, because when Britishers ruled India, India was lagging behind in education, technology and globalization. But today, inspite of so much of tech-savvy world and socio-economic development in India, these politicians have the audacity to play and divide the mindset of people. Wouldn’t we term this as efficiency?
Mumbai has been a city of eventful activities, be it a bollywood buzz, natural calamity or terrorist attacks. In all these years Mumbaikars had survived through the devastating floods and the N series of terrorist attacks. And now they ought to face this unfair political game of the politicians. Let’s see, if Mumbaikars are successful in thwarting these elements responsible for hindering the cosmopolitan spirit of Mumbai.Let’s see whether any XYZ claims the ownership of Mumbai, or the true owners decide upon this,that Mumbai belongs to whom?

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