Gateway Of India peace march in pictures

The recent acts of terror in Mumbai have sparked strong emotions of indignation in Indians world wide. At a peace march at the Gateway of India, Mumbai on Dec 3rd, 2008, Mumbai-kars voiced their resentment in their signature satirical style.  Here are some images (courtesy my friend Mr. Sanjeet Hegde-Desai) that tell the tale of ire that the people of Mumbai feel against Indian politicians.

Refer to the glossary below for explanation about people, events, terms shown in the pictures.


  • Raj: Raj Thackeray is the founder and president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (Maharashtra Renaissance Army), which is a regional party in the state of Maharashtra in India.
  • Mr. Deshmukh: Vilasrao Deshmukh is, now former, chief minister of the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. He was widely criticized for taking Ram Gopal Varma to the Taj Mahal Hotel in the aftermath of the terror acts.
  • Achuthanandan: V.S. Achuthanandan, Kerala’s Chief Minister, who remarked that even a “dog” would not visit the house of NSG commando Sandeep Unnikrishnan after being denied entry into his home by the late commando’s father.
  • Ram Gopal Varma: A famous Bollywood film maker fell from grace lately after his lame attempt of remaking one of India’s cult classics – “Sholay”. The remake is called “Ram Gopal Varma ki aag” and has been widely lampooned by media and the public at large.
  • Sena:  A reference to “Shiv Sena” – a regional political party of India. Sena is the Hindi word for army.
  • Deshmurkh: A purposeful misspelling of the former chief minister’s last name. The 2 parts – “Desh” is Hindi for country and “murkh” is Hindi for unwise , or dim-witted.
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2 Comments on “Gateway Of India peace march in pictures”

  1. imienazwisko Says:

    Maybe I’m mistaken, but I think that there should be “Sholay”, not “Sholey”:)
    Terrorism is such a horrible thing. I’m so scared ’bout that attacs in Mumbai. Ok, I live in Poland, so far from Asia, but these kind of things shouldn’t happent anywere.

  2. amitgohil Says:

    imienazwisko, no you are right. It is always spelled sholay but anyway it is not a English word so I am allowed a little leeway.. =) I’ve edited the post.

    And you are right that you don’t have to be an Asian or even an Indian to see the pointlessness of killing innocent people. It is extremely sad and quite frustrating that the problem has no easy solutions.

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