The most intriguing feature of the ongoing turmoil in Maharashtra provoked by Raj Thackeray's posturing against North Indian migrants was the total silence of those professing to be the watchdogs of Secularism!
I am yet to hear Sonia Gandhi taking a strong stand against Raj Thackeray. Neither did CPM who have an opinion in everything ranging from Palestinian Issue to China have an opinion on this issue. Perhaps Sonia Gandhi had more important issues like membership of the Order of Leopold Association to be distracted by the antics of a small-time politician in Mumbai. and CPM Leaders were busy ducking Bottles being thrown by their Drunk Followers.
Or was it a calculated assault by an interloper on the traditional vote base of the country's most enduring saffron alliance? It followed the methodology of a party that tacitly built up Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale to outmaneuver the Akalis and pumped up the ULFA in Assam to cripple the AGP.