In 2010, the politics of Marathi as a language has taken on a new role, as both mainstream and regional parties have repeatedly engaged in an ugly language battle to reaffirm their identity among the masses. But a question that the Marathi manoos wants answered is: how realistic are the concerns of all these politicians?
On Saturday, Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena and MNS engaged in a political one-upmanship, trying to mobilise supporters to show they were the true custodians of Maharashtra. Surprisingly, even the Congress and NCP could not come together to mark the celebrations.
Chief minister Ashok Chavan has decided to constitute a separate ministry for Marathi to address all issues related to the language. Chavan will himself head the department so as to keep it functional. Earlier too, there has been a separate office set up at Mantralaya to look into issues related to Marathi, but the idea hasn’t made any headway.
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