Sudheera Kulkarni had written an open letter to Raj Thackeray in Lok Satta. Here is a part of his response( Read the entire response here)
Gujaratis celebrate Garba in Maharashtra with a bang. We also enjoy it. Bengalis celebrate Navratri. We too participate in it. South Indians perform Ayyappa’s rituals and Marathis pray there. But chhatpooja is not just a religious festival. At least it is not celebrated as one in Mumbai. It is an akhada (wrestling ring) erected on Mumbai’s chest by Bihari leaders to show their strength. There lies the root of our opposition. Sudheendraji, are you aware of any widespread chhatpooja being celebrated by Biharis living in Mauritius, Dubai or any country close to the sea?
Seems like what is bothering Raj Thackeray is Chhath Pooja. Well Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God, considered to be a means to thank the sun for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling particular wishes. This festival is also celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh.
He and his party has done nothing but spread hatred , and divide this nation . He once said that “Hitler had everything. The one thing he did not have was the ambition to conquer the world,” Raj said, adding, “you can draw whatever conclusions you want from my remarks.”
He has criticized Amitabh Bachchan who is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema of (listen to this) being ”more inclined” towards his native state than Maharashtra. Amitabh Bachchan is one person who has inspired people the way you may never understand. Mr Raj Thackeray I would like to ask what have you done for Maharashtra? Have you done anything for drought-hit Maharashtra farmers who are left to fend for themselves. How can people from Maharashtra trust you ,when you yourself wants to burn Maharashtra.
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent” , probably true in the case of Raj Thackeray. Raj Thackeray has drawn a lot of attention over the past few days . Simply due to the stand taken by him and his party on the North Indians living in Mumbai and Maharashtra. In fact Raj Thacekray has been a struggling politician and his party only won 7 seats in 2007 municipal elections.