ibnlive » Chat

5.30 pm Nov 19, 2012

Balasaheb's legacy: How will history remember him?

Author & columnist Sidharth Bhatia shares his perspectives.
14 questions answered
  • AS A PERSON NOT CONNECTED WITH MAHARASTRA, I WONDER WHAT COULD BE THOSE THREE, TANGIBLE, CONCRETE THINGS OTHER THAN OUTSPOKEN NESS, BALASAHEB WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR. THAT THEY COULD NOT GO BEYOND BMC IS A FACT, AND WHAT IS BMC IS KNOWN BY ALL. Asked by: S ESHWAR
  • Sidharth Bhatia His greatest strength was building an organization out of scratch and creating a political alternative to the Congress. To hold it together for 45 years was no easy task; he managed to do it, even though it has become weaker in recent years
  • Was there more to BalaSaheb other than identity based politics? Wasn't he too rigid with his convictions that he couldn't read the writing on the wall aka 'change'? Why do you think he gave in to dynasty politics just like Dhritrashtra? Asked by: GKKASHYAP
  • Sidharth Bhatia He began with identity politics of one kind and kept on changing it, from anti-south Indian to later anti-Muslims. That has its own weakness, because there are limits to how many new voters you can get. The Sena will have to now change if it wants to grow. Dynastic politics is a fact of life in India--the Sena was no different
  • Raj and his MNS will claim legacy and going by popularity it already enjoys , is it likely to dominate the scene in the future as a party to count on in Maharashtra ??? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Sidharth Bhatia Raj Thackeray is very popular no doubt, but the Shiv Sena has a strong organization. No one can say who will dominate in the state; the next few months, before the next elections in 2014 will be crucial
  • Udhav & Raj uniting for the cause of Balasaheb might be a possibilty ?? what are the hurdles in their cmoing together to be 1 + ! = 2.will they go alone parallel and be 1 X 1 = 1 . Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Sidharth Bhatia The cadre would like them to come together, but the leaders will have to work out a strategy to do so. That will not be so easy
  • According to me, and after having lived in Mumbai for 15 years, he will be known for his frankness, open rhetoric, and ability to hit home his point hard. What do you think sir Asked by: Narayanan
  • Sidharth Bhatia Yes, he was certainly known to be frank, but his organization also came to be known for using muscle.
  • The legacy to safeguard interest of Marathis now with two groups,Shiv Sena and MNS, where do you see the people placing faith on ??? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Sidharth Bhatia I have answered this question earlier--the people's choice will now be known only in 2014;
  • Sir, don't you think that Balasaheb won the hearts of millions of marathi manus, particularly Mumbaikars, with is sheer Cahrishma and his rock-like views/stand on Hindutava?History will remember him as a real champion of Hindutavta. Asked by: Shyam Vadalker
  • Sidharth Bhatia History will certainly remember him for his strong views though his shift to Hindutva came in recent years. His Hindutva was not the same as that of the BJP though
  • why bollywood is so attached to thackrey what are the reasons behind that? Asked by: vikas
  • Sidharth Bhatia Mr. Thackeray loved cinema and films. But the film industry used to go to him for help, for arbitration and to solve problems. It was a mutual attraction
  • how is stand during reign of indira gandhi. Is he same agressive person during her period. he started such activiteis it due to weak leadership? Asked by: vijay
  • Sidharth Bhatia His organization grew during the Indira Gandhi years too, except during the Emergency when political activity was banned. After 1977 the Sena continue to grow, though the first major success came in 1985 when it won the Municipal elections in Mumbai (then Bombay)
  • was it far or just a mark of respect that mumbai virtually remained shut for 2 days Asked by: Bikram
  • Sidharth Bhatia Partly out of respect, partly fear, partly intimidation. It was a sunday too, so many offices were shut, but people did not step out because they wanted to play it safe
  • were the crowds yesterday state orchestrated?? or is the man really that popular?? Asked by: Bikram
  • Sidharth Bhatia no one can orchestrate such large crowds; that he was a mass leader is in no doubt
  • As an indian how many points do u rate out of 10. In this secular country what he did is legal? Asked by: vijay
  • Sidharth Bhatia He was accused and found guilty of using religion in an election campaign and was disbarred from voting for six years
  • is he really associated with subash nagre character? is it real ? how much extent? Asked by: vimal
  • Sidharth Bhatia If you mean the character in Sarkar, that is up to the director to confirm. He has not officially done so
  • what type help bollywood people used to ask him? Asked by: vijay
  • Sidharth Bhatia We will never know, because that was a private affair, but he often wanted to see films before they were released, such as Bombay, Sarkar etc. Also, since the Sena controlled the unions, it is possible they may have needed some help on that front

Hosted by

Sidharth Bhatia
Senior journalist & author