Sons of the soil–what sons and which soil?


Thackerays in Mumbai are prominently known well as the ones who claim themselves to be the champions of the cause of all the marathas in Maharashtra. The question that arises naturally is whether their own bonafides as such command eligibility enough for the purpose on the face of the fact that their own ancestors belonged to some other states much beyond Mumbai. Raj Thackeray’s grand father named Prabodhankar, it is said, himself authored a book making a mention of it there in, as emphatically confirmed by the Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh. As per statement made by Lalu Prasad Yadav of Bihar, Raj Thackeray’s grand father Prabodhankar belonged to a Kayastha family from Magadh region of Bihar and he migrated to Mumbai in search of some livelihood. He finally got settled there and the rest is the history thereafter. Many a locals in Mumbai hold a view that castes like Bhonsles and Deshmukhs belong to original Marathas, but Thackerays are the subsequent version added to it politically. A telefilm titled as Veer Shivaji and released some time back too confirms this. Who are the real sons of the soil is the matter. If what has been quoted above is the truth, it is just out of question that Thackerays are the original marathas, they are rather Biharis ancestrally; if a man from Bihar gets settled in Mumbai as a maharashtrian, then all the people from Bihar, who are working there, or are running some business, have every right to call themselves as maharashtrian in which event the hue and cry that is currently raised every now and then in respect of maharashtrian and non-maharashtrian is all just meaningless.

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14 thoughts on “Sons of the soil–what sons and which soil?”

  1. Excellent analysis.
    It is very well known to everybody that Thackerays raise such issue only for Marathi vote bank .They try to show that the interest of Marathies is only protected in their hands. They are only “Thakedar “ of Marathies .Time to Time they have to renew their License by giving statements against Bihar and UP etc. But by this fact that their own ancestors belonged to Magadh region of Bihar .They are exposed……………

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  2. In my view ,the number of statements on various topics made by Congress leader Sri Digvijay singh till date,this is the only 1st, statement on Thakreys which seems true.

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  3. SIR, WHAT ABOUT SANJAY NIRUPAM, ABU AZMI, NITISH KUMAR & LALU PRASAD. THEY ALL ARE CREATING MORE ILL WILL AGAINST U.P AND BIHAR IN MUMBAI THAN ANY LOCAL POLITICIAN. IN CASE THEY WERE TO JUST SHUT UP AND NOT INDULGE IN CHEAP REGIONAL PAROCHIAL POLITICS, MUCH OF THE PROBLEMS U.P. AND BIHAR’S POOR LABOURERS FACE IN MUMBAI WILL DISAPPEAR. INCIDENTALLY, MAJORITY OF THESE POOR GUYS ARE DOING JOBS THAT NO SON OF SOIL WANTS TO DO. THE BRUNT OF THE PROBLEM, YOU WILL AGREE SIR, IS FIGHT FOR POLITICAL POWER NOT JOBS.

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      1. SIR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ENCOURAGING RESPONSE. IT IS ALL WITH YOUR BLESSINGS AND GUIDANCE THAT I AM GETTING SOME CONFIDENCE.

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  4. Sir……. Unfortunately I don’t know more about the history of Maharashtra but as I understand even today – In the blind days of casteism, and communalism Marathas are known for patriotism, sacrifice and bravery and deserves high regards from the society nation wide.. But the so called Maratha sardars of today i.e. Thackray’s pretend to be Maratha as they really know that they are not… These fellows are befooling the real Marathas and all for political gains…. We hail your passage as brave and fearless one as usual…… Thanks sir…….

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  5. Sir, as you know i am staying in Mumbai only. I have not faced such regional problem. But my question to you is that why cant we create opportunities for jobs and business in UP only so that nobody has to come far away from his family.

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  6. The slogan of polititoins have no vallue at all,whatever they speek that is only in the interest of their votes.In the British period the rulers had invented a policy to devide & rule over Indians, and on same patern our Hon’ble politians are moving.

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