February 13, 2008
As I see, the only people giving Thackeray's son-of-soil campaign this much importance are either non-Marathi or staying too far from Maharashtra. As a Maharastrian, I can vouch that not as many care a damn about the whole campaign as the media believes to be. They are pretty much irrelevant today. They represent Marathi manoos as little as VHP represents the Hindus of the world, which is close to zilch. But, media, and in this case the bloggers as well), loves rubble-rousers for they provide people an opportunity to show their liberal inclination by using fanciful words like "freedom," "right," etc.