topicnamebal thackeray The death of Bal Thackeray on Sunday was marked by a deluge of encomiums from the entire spectrum of politicians, businessmen and the Bollywood-elite who found unparalleled virtue on everything he did. Even his strongest detractors searched for euphemisms to whitewash the fear-factor that he and his party stood for. There were indeed attempts of muted dissent, but the commentators - mostly writers and activists - ensured that their words were nuanced and balanced with unqualified praise. Live telecast kept reminding them that 2.4 million people were on the streets of Mumbai mourning his death. But a day later, things have completely changed, thanks to two faceless young girls in Mumbai who spoke their mind on their Facebook pages and subsequently got picked up by local police. What followed was an epidemic of dissent. With a single stroke, unrestrained adulation for Thackeray by people ranging from Amithabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar to President Pranab Mukerjee gave way to an outpouring of dissent by common people. Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, fired the first salvo by writing a powerful note saying he cannot pay tribute to the Sena leader for his anti-national sons of the soil doctrine and the hatred he spread. The Hindu , in a brilliant op-ed article said the Sena leader gave voice to a Nazi impulse in Indian politics - one that poses an ever-growing threat to our Republic. [caption id=attachment_529015 align=alignleft width=380 - Bal Thackeray Images
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  • The death of Bal Thackeray on Sunday was marked by a deluge of encomiums from the entire spectrum of politicians, businessmen and the Bollywood-elite who found unparalleled virtue on everything he did. Even his strongest detractors searched for euphemisms to whitewash the fear-factor that he and his party stood for. There were indeed attempts of muted dissent, but the commentators - mostly writers and activists - ensured that their words were nuanced and balanced with unqualified praise. Live telecast kept reminding them that 2.4 million people were on the streets of Mumbai mourning his death. But a day later, things have completely changed, thanks to two faceless young girls in Mumbai who spoke their mind on their Facebook pages and subsequently got picked up by local police. What followed was an epidemic of dissent. With a single stroke, unrestrained adulation for Thackeray by people ranging from Amithabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar to President Pranab Mukerjee gave way to an outpouring of dissent by common people. Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, fired the first salvo by writing a powerful note saying he cannot pay tribute to the Sena leader for his anti-national sons of the soil doctrine and the hatred he spread. The Hindu , in a brilliant op-ed article said the Sena leader gave voice to a Nazi impulse in Indian politics - one that poses an ever-growing threat to our Republic. [caption id=attachment_529015 align=alignleft width=380

    The death of Bal Thackeray on Sunday was marked by a deluge of encomiums from the entire spectrum of politicians, businessmen and the Bollywood-elite who found unparalleled virtue on everything he did. Even his strongest detractors searched for euphemisms to whitewash the fear-factor that he and his party stood for. There were indeed attempts of muted dissent, but the commentators - mostly writers and activists - ensured that their words were nuanced and balanced with unqualified praise. Live telecast kept reminding them that 2.4 million people were on the streets of Mumbai mourning his death. But a day later, things have completely changed, thanks to two faceless young girls in Mumbai who spoke their mind on their Facebook pages and subsequently got picked up by local police. What followed was an epidemic of dissent. With a single stroke, unrestrained adulation for Thackeray by people ranging from Amithabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar to President Pranab Mukerjee gave way to an outpouring of dissent by common people. Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, fired the first salvo by writing a powerful note saying he cannot pay tribute to the Sena leader for his anti-national sons of the soil doctrine and the hatred he spread. The Hindu , in a brilliant op-ed article said the Sena leader gave voice to a Nazi impulse in Indian politics - one that poses an ever-growing threat to our Republic. [caption id=attachment_529015 align=alignleft width=380