Sachin Tendulkar‘s comment that Bombay belongs to India, and that he was a proud Maharashtrian but an Indian first, has predictably kicked off a storm with the hobbled Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray saying there was no need for the batsman who has 29,951 international runs against his name to take a “cheeky single” by making such remarks.
“By making these remarks, you have got run-out on the pitch of Marathi psyche. You were not even born when the ‘Marathi Manoos‘ got Mumbai and 105 Marathi people sacrificed their lives to get Mumbai,” Thackeray said in an editorial in his party’s mouthpiece, Saamna.
Who is right? And can this be applied across the country?
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