The Narendra Modi government brought with itself a wave of the uprising for Hindutva in India. The BJP was very successful in driving its core ideology over people and the party quite succeeded at it. When BJP has compelled other parties to take a careful stand on Hindutva, there is one party who has kind of lost its Hindutva charm – The Shiv Sena.
Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray is highly deviating from Balasaheb Thackeray’s perception of being a ‘HindurHridaySamrat’. In fact, the present Maharashtra CM has succumbed to pseudo-secularism in order to maintain the current ‘Mahavikas Aghadi’ alliance. Maybe, opportunism requires putting up a facade of liberalism and secularism. However, how long can Uddhav Thackeray act like a Secular Shiv Sainik?
Shiv Sena Betrayed Hindus
The traditional Shiv Sena voters are voting for the party only and only because of the appeal of Balasaheb Thackeray. He was a personality who ruled on people’s heart and fought for the rights of Hindus. Sadly, there is a far-flung difference between the Shiv Sena of today and that of the past.
Uddhav Thackeray has betrayed the Hindu voters by not taking a tough stand on issues of Hindu persecution. His role as a CM in the Palghar incident compels the people to question Shiv Sena’s ‘Hindutva’ stand. Moreover, there has been an influx in the liberal followers of Uddhav Thackeray ever since he sided with Congress and NCP.
The support of pseudo seculars and liberals acts as a cushion and a shield for Uddhav Thackeray when Shiv Sena is questioned on its softened stand of Hindutva.
Political Survival is the Main Reason
The potent reason behind Uddhav Thackeray’s pretense is the political survival of Shiv Sena. Now that BJP was scoring the majority of Hindu votes under Modi’s leadership, Uddhav Thackeray might have spotted an opportunity on the other side of the political spectrum.
Shiv Sena is employing its senior leadership to show that the party is still pro Hindu. While Uddhav Thackeray is busy taking Muslim voters on board by partially opposing CAA-NRC. The party opposed the bills in public yet voted in favor of the bill in Lok Sabha. Again, a complete U-turn when Shiv Sena abstained on the voting of the bill in Rajya Sabha.
Secular Uddhav Thackeray is scoring political goals by showing Hindu voters that Shiv Sena is still pro Hindutva. However, the hypocrisy of the party is visible to the people. The pseudo-secularism has only achieved the loss of Shiv Sena’s original character.
Although Twitter might be giving a count of liberal followership, only the next election can give an idea about the lost Hindu followership of Shiv Sena.