Social Scientist. v 8, no. 95 (June 1980) p. 32.

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The Shiv Sena Movement: Its Organisation and Operation


MOBILIZATION in the Shiv Sena involves every one from the highest party official to the lowest. When any situation arises which needs immediate discussion at various levels, a notice is published in the Marmik (the Shiv Sena mouthpiece) with the date, time and venue of the meeting. In the case of extreme urgency, however, the vibhag pramukhs are informed by cither Thackeray, or more often by a member of the karya karani. The vibhag pramukh then informs the corporators, the upa vibhag pramukhs, and shakha pramukhs, who in turn inform other members and visitors to the shakhas, going down to the level of the gala members.

For those who cannot be reached through telephone or who are not easily available, special messengers are sent by the shakhas. Announcements of the Shiv Sena programmes are communicated similarly, and the shakha members publicize them on blackboards which arc placed in important areas of the ward for the benefit of the general public as well as for other Shiv Sena activists. Sometimes the blackboards spell out an exhortation to the Shiv Sainiks explaining the need for a particular line of action, or an ethic which the Shiv Sena wants them to cultivate. The blackboards also give directions on how and where they should assemble before they proceed for a mass demonstration. The messages are written in bold ornate letters with different shades of chalk.

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