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Mumbai: In the wake of the ongoing attacks on Indians in Australia, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray warned that his party would not permit the Australian cricket team to play in the city and state.
In a statement in the party mouthpiece "Saamna", Thackeray also rebuked the Indian cricketers for continuing to play with the Australian team.
"We shall not allow the Australian team to play in Mumbai and Maharashtra till the attacks on Indians in their land are stopped," he said.
Expressing his anguish over the increasing cases of violence against Indians, Thackeray also castigated the Indian team for playing with the Australian team.
Mumbai, in many ways the economic capital of India, became the state capital of Maharashtra. On one hand, people belonging to the Gujarati and Marwari communities owned the majority of the industry and trade enterprises in the city. On the other, there was a steady flow of South Indian migrants to the city, and who came to take over many white-collar employments. Once settled down in their jobs, they brought down their relatives and friends through referrals. The South Indians in powerful positions also had most of the South Indian staff working under them. This primarily enraged Shiv Sena.
In 1960 Balyasaheb Thackeray, a Mumbai-based cartoonist, began publishing the satirical cartoon weekly Marmik. Through this publication he started disseminating anti-migrant sentiments. On June 19, 1966, Thackeray founded the Shiv Sena as a political organisation. It should be noted that at the time of its foundation, the Shiv Sena was not a political party as such.
In addition to its campaign against non-Maharashtraians in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena protests have been known to break down into violence and force in public in the name of protecting Hindutv from what it deems as corrupting western influences. The party has been involved in organized protests, pickets, market shutdowns and strikes that have been known to degenerate into violent clashes and in some instances riots. For instance, Shiv Sena activists have attacked shops in Mumbai selling gifts for Valentine's Day as part of the party's campaign against 'vulgar' western influences on youth. Likewise, in 1998, Shiv Sainiks attacked movie theatres in Mumbai screening director Deepa Mehta's Fire, a highly controversial film based on a lesbian theme on the grounds that such films violated Hindu ethos and were immoral for Hindus to watch.
The Shiv Sena has also been accused of orchestrating violence against Muslims. The Sena is widely alleged to have played an active role in the riots in Mumbai following the demolition of the Babri Mosque in 1992 in the north-Indian holy city of Ayodhya. On 23 January 1993, the then Congress-led Government of Maharashtra appointed Justice B.N. Srikrishna (then a sitting Judge of the Bombay High Court) to head a one-man commission with the task of investigating the riots. The Commission indicted the Sena for its direct involvement in coordinating the anti-Muslim riots, and accused Thackeray of "commanding his loyal Shiv Sainiks to retaliate by organised attacks against Muslims." However, Thackeray was absolved of all criminal charges in July 2000 after seven years of judicial proceedings.
Bal Thackeray, the firebrand leader of the Shiv Sena (Army of Lord Shiva), made the threat on the front page of the party's mouthpiece publication, Saamna, yesterday.
''We will not allow kangaroo cricketers to play in Mumbai … till the attacks are stopped on Indians,'' he wrote.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
Kangaroo Cricketers? Sounds a bit racist to me! For the international community at ATS who may not be aware, in Australia, calling a white person a 'Skip' or 'Skippy' (i.e Skippy the Bush Kangaroo) is a term of racial abuse like the term 'Cracker' in America. So in many senses, what you are seeing here is the pot calling the kettle black. Racism is Racism... and before people start suggesting that one form of racism is more acceptable than another, I will tell you all that it's not. All forms of racism are a blight on humanity.
So how seriously should this warning from Shiv Sena be taken? How far are they prepared to go? Are the Aussie cricketers playing in the up comming IPL in any immediate danger?
Originally posted by Dock9
As to 'racism' against Indians -- sure, makes great headlines. As long as those reading remain UNaware that there are more Sri Lankans living in Australia than remain in Sri Lanka. So how come the allged 'aussie racism' isn't apparent as far as Sri Lankans (and Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, etc.) are concerned ? Make sense to you that Aussies would 'target' only Indians, when the average Aussie couldn't tell you the difference between Indians and anyone else from the subcontinent ?
Sri Lanka Austrailans are the 16th largest ethnic group in Australia, numbering 62,256. The city of Melbourne contains the plurality of Sri Lankan Australians - just under half. Fewer than 20% are estimated to live outside New South Wales and Victoria.
The number of Sri Lankan Australians, including the second-generation, counted in 1996 was 64,068. However, the actual figure is likely to be far higher, (perhaps twice as much) since Burgher Australians generally return themselves as of Dutch ancestry and, as such, cannot be separated out from statistical totals for Dutch Australians. The same applies to Sri Lankan people of other European, Eurasian and Malay origin. A calculation of the make-up of the Sri Lankan Australian population in 1991 estimated that Burghers were 47.9%, Sinhalese 26.2%, Tamils 18.7% and Moors 7.2%.
At the 2006 Census 147,106 Australian residents declared that they were born in India, of which 79,025 held Australian citizenship. The states with the largest Indian-born residents were New South Wales (57,156), Victoria (52,853) and Western Australia (15,157).
64,968 declared they were Hindu and 49,975 declared they were Christian. Other minorities include Muslims and Sikhs.  243,722 Australian residents declared that had Indian ancestry, either alone or in combination with another ancestry. 
In 2009 there were an additional 90,000 Indian Students studying at Australian tertiary institutions according to Prime Minister Rudd.
''We will not allow kangaroo cricketers to play in Mumbai … till the attacks are stopped on Indians,'' Bal Thackeray, the firebrand leader of the Shiv Sena (Army of Lord Shiva), made the threat on the front page of the party's mouthpiece publication, Saamna, yesterday.
Shiv Sena activists, called Shiv Sainiks, prevented play between Pakistan and India at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium in 1991 when they destroyed the pitch.
Shiv Sainiks repeated the tactic in an India-Pakistan game at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi in 1999.
In the 1990s, the Shiv Sena led a governing coalition in Maharashtra. The party now holds 11 seats in India's national parliament and is the one of the main opposition parties in the Maharashtra state parliament.
The Shiv Sena has also been accused of orchestrating violence against Muslims and intimidating political opponents.
In November, Shiv Sena activists ransacked the Mumbai premises of two television news channels in retaliation for criticism of Mr Thackeray.
Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray had said that activists would target lucrative Indian Premier League games involving Australia cricketers in Mumbai.
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