Raj Thackeray Mellows Stand; MNS Workers to beat North Indians Only on Even Days

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Raj Thackeray Mellows Stand; MNS Workers to beat North Indians Only on Even Days

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

We are not sure if Tigress Avni’s unfortunate death had something to do with this, but friends and supporters of Raj Thackeray have noticed that the MNS leader has mellowed these days. Raj, who is ageing as gracefully as his namesake in DDLJ, recently announced a series of reforms with regard to his party’s treatment of the north Indian community in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.

“Raj bhau has asked us to be more considerate while dealing with North Indians. So from the new year, we have decided to beat them only on even days,” said a supporter, who was both riding a bike and holding three orange flags while giving this interview. “Even when we beat them, we will be courteous and smile.”

This new caring attitude was seen in action during the lunch break, when a group of workers hesitated before heckling a manager who couldn’t speak Marathi.

“We are as tolerant as Virat Kohli these days. We would never ask someone to leave Maharashtra because he can’t speak Marathi. Raj bhau has asked us to at least allow the person 10 minutes to use Google Translate,” said an MNS worker from Borivali (E).

The party has set up a call centre to monitor the progress of those who suffer serious injuries.

Also part of the new policy is a verbal oath that MNS workers won’t beat someone who hasn’t fully recovered from their previous beating.

“Usually after we beat toll booth agents and multiplex managers, we run back home,” said a MNS supporter from Ghatkopar. “But now Raj sir has strictly instructed us to take our victims to a hospital after we are done,” he added. “Then we are not allowed to beat them again for a few months.”

The party has set up a call centre to monitor the progress of those who suffer serious injuries. Victims not covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme are asked to pay their hospital bills.

A toll booth employee, who showed us injury marks on his body to prove that he had years of experience, told us he was ecstatic when he heard about the development. “These are some really good reforms. I hope it stays this way till the next general election at least.”

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