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A year since Bal Thackeray, Uddhav's challenge is about to begin

In the one year since his father, Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's death, Uddhav may not have done much, but the coming months will show if it was time wasted or spent in useful strategy-making,......

The humiliation and downfall of Manohar Joshi

The senior-most leader of the Shiv Sena brought it upon himself during the party’s Dussehra rally, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Manohar Joshi, easily the most articulate, senior-most leader after......

What price privileges for lawmakers?

A legislator can invoke privileges only if prevented from performing his obligations as an elected representative. Breaking speed limits on a sea link or brandishing a weapon against a business......

The futile row over renaming Shivaji Park

No doubt in the Shiv Sena's history, the party has close links to the Shivaji Park but does that make it Sena's own? asks Mahesh Vijapurkar. Every time Bal Thackeray addressed a meeting anywhere,......

A very restrained funeral, but Sena's stripes remain

The spectacle of lakhs of followers of Bal Thackeray silently congregating for his funeral and leaving without any violence was hitherto unseen. Just when people were beginning to wonder if the......

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