Balasaheb, Raj, Uddhav Thackeray were Biharis earlier? ... Read here all about the leaders of the 'Marathi manoos'
A book lay bares an interesting fact. This is an interesting revelation about the Thackerays who rule the hearts of Marathis. A new book reveals the Thakerays have their roots in Bihar. So were they Biharis earlier? What does Raj Thackeray have to say about this?
New Delhi, Sep 18: A book lays bare an interesting fact. This is an interesting revelation about the Thackerays who rule the hearts of Marathis. A new book reveals the Thakerays have their roots in Bihar. So were they Biharis earlier? What does Raj Thackeray have to say about this?
For decades, the Shiv Sena and its later offshoot the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS), have based their political appeal on Maratha regional pride and cashing in on anti-immigrant sentiments in Maharashtra.
Led by the firebrand Thackeray clan, the Shiv Sena has led countless drives against poor migrants from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh in Mumbai.
However, if a new book on the Thackeray cousins - Raj and Uddhav - is to be believed, these self-proclaimed representatives of the 'Marathi manoos' may actually trace their origins to the land of those very migrants they seem to hate so much.
The book, titled - The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow of their Senas (Penguin Random House) - by journalist Dhaval Kulkarni quotes ‘Prabhodhankar’ Thackeray’s book 'Gramnyancha Sadyanta Itihas Arhat Nokarshahiche Bande' (‘A History of Village Disputes or Rebellion of the Bureaucracy’) on this issue.
The book claims that the Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (CKP) community, to which the Thackerays belong, moved out of the ancient kingdom of Magadh, in present day Bihar, during the reign of emperor Mahapadma Nanda, in the third or fourth century BC.
The community apparantly earned its living as warriors and scribes and eventually settled in the region which is known today as Maharashtra.
The anti-north Indian rhetoric of the Thackeray's therefore, is somewhat ironic.
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