editorial | MUMBAI IN MOURNING
Death of an Indian extremist
Widely admired and even more widely loathed, Thackeray symbolizes the greatest challenge that India faces in its bid to become a leader of the modern, democratic world. His followers vandalized shops for selling Valentine’s Day merchandize on the grounds that it was too foreign. They denounced women wearing Western apparel. They beat up cab drivers, vegetable vendors, milkmen — all hailing from North India — simply for their presence in Mumbai.