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Maharashtra politics can broadly be put in three baskets: moral, political, and ideological.

We shall deal with the moral first and the ideological last. The first will take us the least time and words,

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.

The morality question on the bulldozing by defection in Maharashtra is easily answered. To begin with, the MVA government itself was born in sin. The Shiv Sena had contested jointly with the BJP against the NCP-Congress combine. After the elections, it defected to the rivals instead. That was amoral, cynical realpolitik, as is the engineered collapse now. In any case, only the naive look for morality in politics.

does one explain that? The widely accepted logic in our politics is that power is the stickiest glue.

How did the Thackerays, with full control of their party, government, police, and intelligence, never figure out that the ground was slipping from under their feet?

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