The March of the Paper Tiger

Politics

The March of the Paper Tiger

Illustration: Rutuja Patil/ Arré

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hat a last couple of days we’ve had. The Shiv Sena office in Mumbai was attacked by a pro-Maratha group on Tuesday for publishing a cartoon that “hurt the sentiments of the community”. Immediately after, irony beat up a couple of tollbooth workers.

The cartoon that was published on Sunday, mocked the silent marches that the Maratha community has been holding all over Maharashtra. In the ultimate act of protest, a group called the Sambhaji Brigade attacked the Sena’s Navi Mumbai office, while three activists pelted stones and broke a few windows of the Saamna printing press. If you needed an illustration of the phrase “more Catholic than the Pope”, this was it.

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