So let's get one thing straight. I hate "gag orders" and official (and officious) attempts to stop people saying what's on their minds. Last February 11, the Bombay police placed just such a "gag order" on Raj Thackeray, an order that was later confirmed by the Bombay High Court.
I think there should never have been such an order. So if I was asked by a Thackeray supporter gathering signatures to sign a petition saying "The 'gag order' on Raj Thackeray is wrong and should be lifted,", I would certainly sign.
There has been a petition making the rounds. I didn't see it, so I don't know what it says, but the news tells me that several hundred thousand people have signed it. Among them, such eminent figures as the actors Nana Patekar and Shreyas Talpade, and the writer Subhash Bhende.
All well so far. I have no complaints. But yesterday's Hindustan Times reports ("Actors, writers on Raj's side") that Patekar also wrote: "One may disagree with the language used by Raj Thackeray, but his thoughts cannot be disputed. I support him."
What "thoughts" are those, Patekar-saheb? The one that, for just one example, postulates that some outsiders "come and spread filth" in Bombay?
Well, Patekar himself was born in Murud-Janjira. Thus he is himself an "outsider" to this city, a man who "migrated" here. So is it true that Thackeray's thoughts about Patekar himself "cannot be disputed" by Patekar himself? Does Patekar himself "support" these thoughts about Patekar himself?