the Shiv Sena started off as an “anti-South Indian” movement, then took on the communists, before settling on the Muslim as the “enemy”. If the initial years were designed to nurture the Shiv Sena as a “sons of the soil” movement with a staunch Maharashtrian identity, the last 20 years have seen the Sena “graduate” into the party of Hindutva politics, aimed at widening its political base beyond the local Marathi-speaking population. While evolving through its various avatars, one thing has remained unchanged: the Shiv Sena’s search for an enemy and a commitment to the politics of violence as a means to an end.
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