It seems that the ‘Saamana ‘ mouthpiece of Shiv Sena that was founded by “Hinduhrudya Samart” Balasaheb Thackeray to fight for the rights of Marathi people and Marathi pride, now has turned as a mere lookalike of the “Congress Sandesh,” once it’s bitter rival!Instead of the Congress leaders, now the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, Saamana is defending the century-old party for their alleged “misdeeds” and it virtually works as the spokesperson of the Congress. On Saturday, Saamana defended the Congress for taking Rs 100-crore for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, a family trust of Gandhi family and asked if raising the issue of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation would solve the LAC standoff. Though CM Uddhav Thackeray has kept himself aloof of this subject but for ShivSainik it’s a voice & Aadesh ( order) of Matoshree.
As per allegations made by BJP leaders the Congress government while in power was doling out largesse to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister in 1991 allocated Rs 100-crore over 5 years. The disclosures came to light as the foundation came under scrutiny following an expose that the Government of China and China Embassy were donors to the Foundation. This is an instance of Congress government patronage for the Gandhi clan foundation paid out of tax-payers money.
When it was leaked, the Raut justified the action of the then Congress government and dragged the Narendra Modi government into the on-going India-China border dispute issue to embarrass the union government that revealed the Gandhi clan “scandal” recently. Claiming that reports of de-escalation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after Commander-level talks is a ‘lie’, Saamana said that China is not ready to leave Ladakh ‘at any cost’. Questioning the Centre on its plans to tackle further intrusion attempts by China, Sena has mocked Defence Minister’s visit to Russia for Victory Day parade. The editorial has also mocked on the Wuhan and Malapurram ‘diplomacy’ and Gujarat visit of Xi Jinping.
Besides, the Sena mouthpiece in its editorial has blatantly defended the Congress against the recent allegations of the BJP on the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation scam. It said, “Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have questioned PM Modi on the Chinese intrusion. Instead of responding to the questions, BJP is alleging that Congress received money from China. What does that mean? BJP is alleging that Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has received money from a Chinese lawyer. But what is the connection, will intrusion by the Chinese stop after levelling these accusations?”
Earlier, the Sena on Friday too attacked the Prime Minister on various issues, in line of attack by former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. On Thursday, it said that the PM used the Indian Army’s valour in the Galwan valley clash for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. The Shiv Sena via mouthpiece Saamana accused that the PM is playing “caste and regional card” by highlighting the role of a particular Army regiment. It has claimed that the Prime Minister paid tribute to the Galwan martyrs of Bihar regiment particularly due to Bihar polls scheduled in October-November.
Last week, similar allegations were made by the former leader of Opposition and now a senior BJP leader, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil. In a letter to Raut, Vikhe Patil questioned the Saamana executive editor if he had “quit the position of the Shiv Sena’s spokesperson and instead taken over as the Congress spokesperson.”Vikhe-Patil’s remarks came when Saamana had carried an editorial which had criticised Vikhe-Patil for his statements against revenue minister and the state Congress chief Maharashtra unit, Balasaheb Thorat.
‘Saamna ‘ in days of Balasaheb Thackeray was voice of oppressed Marathi Manus in his own homeland, as per allegations of Vikhe it seems the newspaper hasn’t only lost it’s glory but compromised it’s ideology in doing advocacy to retain power .
Particularly it’s surprising,when we ourselves don’t want to come out of shell and lead Covid war from the front to aspire ‘ Covid Warriors’ and instead dragging Indian Army into dirty caste politics , who are putting their life every moment at stake in minus degrees chilling temperature. Fact is that All the regiments in the Indian Army are not based on caste, For example , Rajputana Rifles have an equal number of Rajputs and Jats. Similarly, Rajput regiment has Rajputs, Gurjars and Muslims, and the support and technical arms are not caste-based at all .
Martyrs’ sacrifice for their Motherland shouldn’t be a subject matter of caste politics. Politicians will understand this if they read the ethos of Indian Army .. Jai Hind !
Glimpse of Indian Army Ethos :
“The tradition is never to question, but to do or die for the three “Ns”; Naam, i.e. name-honour- of the unit/Army/Nation, ‘Namak'(salt) i.e. loyalty to the Nation, and ‘Nishan’, i.e. the insignia or flag of his unit/regiment/Army/Nation which the soldiers hold afloat willingly.”