Thackeray’s Third Generation- Shivsena’s Evolution


Ithe zamlelya majya tamam Hindu bandhavano baghinino ani matano…whenever anyone hears these words a great personality figure stands in front of our eyes – Balasaheb Thackeray. The founder of Shivsena was a powerful man who ruled over the state of Maharashtra without having any official government designation. He is often associated with Hinduism and Shivsena is tagged as a right-wing political party.
Though it is crystal clear that the shivsena chief gave the message garv se kaho hum Hindu hai and decided to work for Hindus and Hinduism one also has to know that his politics was very different. He was a shrewd leader who knew how to attack when in politics. his brilliancy and way of work Shivsena despite being a strong critic of congress did not face any challenges during the tough time of emergency.
There was a norm that anyone who wanted to meet Shivsena supremo or wanted to strike a deal with him the person has to go to ‘Matoshree’ his residence. However, times have changed especially after 2014. Uddhav Thackeray has personally come out of his comfort zone and met leaders in Delhi. After the demise of Balasaheb Thackeray, many questioned Uddhav Thackeray’s political abilities to run a party. But he gave the answer to all who doubted his potentials on 28th November 2019 the day he took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Uddhav Thackeray as party chief after Balasaheb Thackeray has struck balance very well by holding to some of its roots and on other hand making new moves with changing circumstances. One of the signs that he has stick took the roots is conducting ‘Dussehra melava’ massive rally every year at Shivsena’s pilgrimage Shivaji Park
That ceremony and the 2019 election were in itself a landmark for Shivsena and Shivsainiks as Aditya Thackeray contested elections becoming the first Thackeray scion to get into direct electoral politics. This showcased that the third generation of Thackeray is changing the course of the legacy.
Later, Shivsena joining hands with Congress and NCP once their strongest oppositions came as a shocker for many. It was difficult for many staunch shivsainiks to believe that they are going to work with parties with secular ideologies. Many including BJP even today criticizes Shivsena saying they have compromised their ideology.
But Thackeray’s have learned to change with time and to take actions as the situation demands- a quality which very few have. Shivsena’s BMC election campaign displayed that Shivsena is opening its arms for all the people and not just Maharashtrians. The campaign slogan caught everyone’s eyeballs it reads- “Mumbai ma jalebi ne fafda, Uddhav Thackeray aapda,” it means “jalebi and fafda in Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray is ours”.
Even prior to that during the 2019 assembly polls, in Worli Aditya Thackeray’s constituency, there were hoardings which ‘Kem Cho Worli’ which means ‘how are you worli’ thus these incidents and the series of events have put across the fact that Shivsena is constantly evolving with the changing circumstances. They are making new strategies, breaking the barriers and stereotypes that people have in their minds about the Shivsena as a party.
Aditya Thackray the third generation is bringing in the change by coming with contemporary topics like nightlife, educational development, travel, and tourism, resolving environmental issues rather than those typical subjects about Hinduism or sons of the soil theory. This new approach has helped Shivsena to reach new heights and wider audience and not limiting themselves and is evolving for the good.