In an inflammatory editorial, Thackeray said the “threat of Islamic terror in India is rising and it is time to counter the same with Hindu terror… Hindu suicide squads should be readied to ensure existence of Hindu society and to protect the nation.”
Wait there’s more.
Commenting on the arrests of four activists of Hindu Jan Jagriti Samiti for exploding bombs in Navi Mumbai, the Sena chief said: “It was heartening to know that it was the supporters of Hindutva who had exploded the bomb in the theatre… but it was sad to know that it was planted to hurt the Hindus and I am ashamed about it.”
The article is full of gems from Thackeray and it makes you wonder if he has lost it. (Though some would argue that he had lost it a while back, we won’t go there.)
But, if someone endorses the use of terror against people, encourages people to target certain groups by using violence, isn’t that against the law? How can Thackeray or indeed anyone get away with statements like these?
The deeper issue is about inciting anti-migrant feelings, something Thackeray is very good at. First, it was the South Indians in Mumbai, then it was the North Indians, now it’s the Bangladeshis. Sure, there is a problem of illegal immigrants but that has to be dealt with by other means, such as tightening border security and better immigration checks.
Deport people if you like but to target people with violence or the threat of violence, that’s the definition of terrorism isn’t it?
Or maybe stupidity, depending on which way you look at it.