Important changes in Mumbai these past two decades have directly affected the lives of supporters of the two Senas led by Raj and Uddhav Thackeray
Among the hundreds of thousands of people who poured into Shivaji Park to witness the funeral of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray in November were ordinary persons who did not fit the ready caricature of the Shiv Sena supporter as a thug. I have spent most of my life in a Shiv Sena stronghold, and have seen how regular folk, including lifelong friends, made common cause with Thackeray despite his pathological politics. The reason is that Thackeray gave voice to the unique anxieties of the Marathi speakers in Mumbai—anxieties that are less common in the neighbouring cities of Pune and Nashik.
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