Mumbai Youth Enjoy Valentine's Day as MNS, Sena Lie Low

Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) Youngsters in Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra celebrated Valentine's Day by openly exchanging flowers and gifts and headed out for some fun at multiplexes and malls as the right-wing Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) lay low.

Dressed in their V-Day best, young boys and girls made a beeline for restaurants, fast-food centres and wayside eateries, giving a Valentine's Day treat to their loved ones.

The Cinemax multiplex and mall in Kandivali was one of the hotspots for the Generation Next. The City Centre in Andheri too saw a huge rush of college-going youth.

Suvarna Kamble, a college student, said she took a large cake for her classmates while Santosh Kalbate threw a 'vada-paav' party for friends near Malad.

"We celebrate all festivals in cosmopolitan Mumbai, so why not Valentine's Day?" Suvarna said when asked why she likes to celebrate the day of love.

The open expression of love was largely peaceful on Valentine's Day thanks to the Shiv Sena and MNS apparently deciding not to indulge in forcible tactics to disrupt celebrations.

The moral brigade has been known to harass couples and disrupt celebrations on the ground that Valentine's Day is a Western concept and against Indian culture.

They usually keep vigil at parks, restaurants and other places on the day. In the past, Hindu radicals have even gone on the rampage at greeting card shops, pubs and gardens to protest the celebrations, drawing widespread criticism.

The buzz is that the Sena does not want to give wrong signals among the youth, especially with the gen-next leader Aditya Thackeray at the helm of affairs of the six-month old Yuva Sena.

In his 20s, Aditya is the grandson of Sena chief Bal Thackeray and son of party executive president Uddhav Thackeray, and is steering the Yuva Sena towards popularity in the city and state.

Besides, the two parties are keen that the young crowd and Mumbaikars in general view them in a good light with the crucial elections to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) due early 2012.

The Shiv Sena does not want a hat-trick of defeats, especially since it suffered two successive losses - in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections - two years ago.

The MNS has even announced that it has no objection to the growing trend among youth to celebrate Valentine's Day.

"However, we do feel that our youngsters must also celebrate other Hindu and Maharashtrian festivals with equal fervour," an MNS spokesman said.


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  • Vincent, Karnataka

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    May be Sons and Daughters of MNS, Siv Sena are grown up now. That is the fathers (so-called patriot leaders) of Siv Sena,MNS are afraid now. Sab Matlab Log

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  • Elias Miranda, mumbai

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Celebrating Valentines day is not cultural invasion.Its vote politics.Indian culture going abroad. Basavanna`s Bust is installed on river bank of Thames.This is the third Bust after Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    Allow the young mind to explore their liberty they will always act with sanity and responsibility. Friendship is the ingredient of love, harmony and happiness.

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    Mon, Feb 14 2011

    Now a days Anvarthanama SENE's power weakining day by day.That's why SS was defeated couple of times in Maha elections.When,a considerable chunk of population not listens to them,they might thought going against current is imposible.This is nothing but 'law of marginal utility'

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  • mahesh Poojari, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    The Shiv Sena, MNS and other parties who resort to violence during valentines day, are afraid, that if the people power flares up like Egypt, Tunisia and other parts of the Arab world, they would be the first to be affected, as rebellion is in the air, and public memory is fresh, its better they sit like pet animals....rather than sacrified like chicken. And with their own kids and grand kids approaching this age, they now realise that, their kids need to enjoy. Hypocrits to the core!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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