The most valued last Tiger has gone!

We lost the most valuable tiger Balasaheb. Thackeraysaheb fought for the rights of Marathi mansoos. He never compromised with his ideology and principles Mararashtrians.

We salute the great Hindu Hriday Samrat and a great Senapti who wil be remembered forever.

Bhavesh Jani, Nala Sopara (E)

The Tiger no more roars

Roaring Tiger of Maharashtra is no more. The Shiv Sena Supremo, affectionately called The Tiger, Balasaheb Thackeray, passed away on Saturday at 86.

He lived with great conviction in his beliefs, which led him to be a great leader. Balasaaheb was outspoken and a sharp observer. He will deeply be missed. Before entering politics, Thackeray was a political cartoonist with The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, which he quit in 1960 to launch Marmik. Pray for the Thackeray family and the millions of his followers.

Subbu Jayant, Khargar, Navi Mumbai

Name Expressway after Thackeray

Shiv Sena patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray’s demise has left a gaping void in India’s politics, which will not be easy to fill. A political giant has departed. He has left a deep and abiding imprint on the country which is rare in the  Independent India.

His humble beginning as a cartoonist and becoming a hard core politician showed his grit and determination to succeed. His great work of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway during his regime showed his vision for the future. The Expressway should be named in the memory of Bal Thackeray.

S Ramaniam, Vashi

Power followed Balasaheb

Balasaheb did not belong to that class of politicians who craved for power. On the contrary, power followed him. He remained a political freelancer ,but of course controlled one of the most                                                                 disciplined  political outfit,  the Shiv sena.

A born artist, his cartoons made a terrific impact while working with The Free Press Journal under A B Nair. He fiercely attacked Pakistan but had many Pakistanis as his good friends. His anguish against South Indians remained for long but had many South Indians as his close associates. R K laxman was one of them. Maharastra will surely miss this legend.

Govindan Unny, Malad

An era has ended

With passing away of Balasaheb, an era has ended. He was the leader who changed the Maharashtra  politics. He gave an immense pride to Marathi manoos through his leadership. He had a unique style of speaking.

Probir Kumar Bose, New Panvel

His cartoons were like a magnet

The legendary Balasaheb Thackare was a charismatic figure. His cartoons had that magnet which attracted Marathi manoos through his cartoons in Marmik. He was a great orator. He gave confidence to Marathi youth who thronged to join his party. He steered his party to victory in the Thane and Mumbai Municipal Corporations and subsequently captured Mantralaya.

Sudhir Keshav Bhave, Mumbai

Our netas should be like Suu Kyi

“Principles must always exist in politics” pointed out Myanmar’s iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her nostalgic visit to Lady Sriram College, her Alma Mater. Very true and if our politicians adhere to this noble dictum, the country will be a better place to live in. Nelson Mandela of Myanmar, this strong-willed lady deserves all our support for saying “I feel partly a citizen of India” without any trace of  rancour for India’s neglect of the democratic elements in Myanmar.

V Subramanyan Iyer, Thane

Rahul can’t be a good boatman

Whether Rahul Gandhi will prove himself a good boatman for “Congress Mission 2014” is rather doubtful. He has been made the face of the future Congress is true and there are praise-singers all around him in ample number, but he lacks the charishma which the earlier generation of the “family” had.

He is there for long now in the field but we cannot see even a single instance where credit could go to him. Just by belonging to a family and surrounded by a crowd of mediocre people singing non-stop praise for him, cannot make him acceptable to people.

If Rahul wants to really make a mark, he needs to devote more to the countryside and become one with kisans and mazdoors. He should overhaul the party and make it a garib/kisan/mazdoor party. He should concentrate on rural India and give more tickets to dehatis.

Rahul should openly come out against Dhantantra in which our Loktantra has been transformed. He should distance himself from sychophants. Rahul should align himself with right forces like Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal and should be in the forefront of this anti-corruption movement.

S R Wakankar, Mumbai    

Cong has no quality leader   

Despite his dismal failure in the recent UP, Punjab and Goa assembly elections, the Congress has projected Rahul Gandhi for the 2014 general as the party’s PM candidate. This shows the party is lacking in quality leadership.

Sridhar V Kulkarni

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