Let’s put the disclaimer first. I don’t have any political inclinations or favourites and also I surely don’t have anything against a particular caste.
The current Anti- North Indian attacks by MNS supporters on the streets of Mumbai is once again a show of undue power in the hands of few. And if that was not enough they even managed to irk the Bachchan family. Ok, so these guys are against ‘outsiders’ coming into Mumbai and making it rich or even a livelihood thus depriving the ‘locals’ of equal opportunity. Do you really think so?
Let’s get into a hypothetical situation and manage to really kick out all the "North Indians". Maybe we should start with Shah Rukh Khan first who is from Delhi. Who next? Your building watchman, doodhwala (milkman), dhobi (washerman), domestic servant, driver, galli ka paan-walla, probably many of your office colleagues too from Calcutta, Delhi, Ahmedabad … the list can go on.
Now imagine what we are left with. The film industry would be left without a super-star unless we move Bollywood to some other city where ‘outsiders’ are allowed to work. Will we have enough taxis running on Mumbai’s roads? Will we have the luxury of "chotus" and "rajus" from Bihar to make our beds, clean the floors? What about offices loosing some it’s best employees?
Should we be discriminating potential workers based on which part of the country they come from? Aren’t we supposed to be a democratic country and provide equal opportunity to all. After all that Mumbai faced during the ’93 riots, it’s disappointing that selfish political leaders are once again making caste/community an issue for political gains. We should be ashamed if these leader ever come into power and rule the state.