Hari Narke, professor at Mahatma Phule chair in Pune University and a renowned scholar on Ambedkar, has written a strongly worded article published in this month’s issue of NationalistCongress Party’s mouthpiece Rashtravadi, claiming that the Thackerays came to Mumbai two generations ago for jobs and as such have no right to assault those coming to the financial capital in search of livelihood.
Narke has flayed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray, who is Bal Thackeray’s nephew, over attacks on migrants in Mumbai.
“Raj should read the autobiography of his grandfather Prabodhankar Thackeray (Bal Thackeray’s father). Prabodhankar, who studied in Madhya Pradesh, has written how he travelled in other states for livelihood”, Narke says.
“This proves that the Thackerays, who are not original inhabitants of Mumbai, came to this city in search of livelihood”, the scholar says.
Incidentally, Maharashtra Government published Prabodhankar’s literature in 1995 at the behest of Narke, the article says.
“Who gave those, who came to Mumbai two generations ago to earn their livelihood, the right to beat up others who also come here in search of jobs?” Narke has questioned.
“It does not behove people who live 24 hours a day seeped in history to forget the history of just over two generations”, Narke said.