Capital’s Feudal Deity, Bal Thackeray

February 8, 2013

By Sudhir Dhawale

Editors’ Note:
Well known Dalit activist, journalist, editor of the Marathi magazine Vidroh, Sudhir Dhawale, who is in Nagpur Central Jail under the pretext of being a “Maoist” has written the following critique of Bal Thackeray and the Shiv Sena. The article is in Marathi. It explodes the myth of Thackeray being a “mass leader,” and champion of the “Marathi Manoos” and instead shows the role of big capital in aiding the rise of the Sena as well as Thackeray’s role in shaping a politics in the service of capital. Dhawale lays out the historical backdrop of the Sena and how it emerges in the late 1960s as a weapon of the bourgeoisie against the Mumbai working class. He also shows how Thackeray’s politics has systematically been anti-poor and anti-working class and in the aid of capital. Further he does not stop at a class analysis, but instead offers a class-caste perspective as he traces the links between Sena-style Fascism, Hindutva, Brahmanism, and Capitalism. He also lays out the role that the corporate media has played in creating an image of Bal Thackeray as a popular and mass leader. We hope to make an English translation of this essay available soon.

Bhandwalacha Saranjami Deo (Capital’s Feudal Deity) – Sudhir Dhawale