Jacko and Shiv Sena, Mumbai’s Nationalist Party
Michael Jacksonji, Indian guru, RIP.
By Dean Nelson
July 4th, 2009
In the mass grief for the previously disgraced but now legendary Michael Jackson, one important and unique aspect of his life appears to have been overlooked: cultural guru for all right-thinking Hindu youths.
When the artist formerly known as ‘Wacko Jacko’ visited Mumbai in 1996, his concert was promoted by the Shiv Sena, the Hindu traditionalist, Marathi regionalist party whose street thugs operate as an organised crime syndicate, terrorising ‘outsiders’ and working extortion rackets in Bollywood.
Its leader, the ailing former political cartoonist Bal Thackeray, has ruled Mumbai like a Mafia don, and his pronouncements on how Hindus should live are taken very seriously. He has compared himself to Hitler, for whom he once professed love, and said India needs a dictator. On the street level his thugs have beaten up young lovers holding hands on Valentine’s Day, a celebration he has denounced as a western incursion into traditional Indian modesty.
But while it was wrong for upright Indian women to emulate their western counterparts with public displays of affection, Bal believed it was entirely appropriate for Indian men to follow Michael Jackson’s moral and cultural example. …
The first words uttered by Jackson upon arriving in India during his 1996 tour: “I am very happy to be here in India … in support of charity”
Which charity? …
“So is Michael Jackson, a popular singer, being rash in planning a rock concert in Mumbai (Bombay) this week-end? Not at all. He has struck a deal to give 85% of the net profit from the concert to a charity run by the son of Bal Thackeray, head of the Shiv Sena, a local political party. … ”
Jacko’s Tryst with Mumbai 13 Years Ago
Press Trust of India
Jun 27, 2009
Jackson performed at a packed concert here in 1996. The event was organised by Shiv Udyog Sena, an outfit floated by then Shiv Sena leader Raj Thackeray with the objective of providing jobs to 27 lakh youth in Maharashtra.
Jackson visited Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s residence, ‘Matoshree’, in suburban Bandra. The Thackerays presented him with a silver ‘tabla’ and ‘tanpura’. …
– Alex Constantine