Mumbai Lockdown

Yesterday there was an announcement that the leader of the Shiv Sena political party, Bal Thackeray, passed away. Rumor has it that he died a few days earlier, but the government did not want to announce that during the Diwali holiday. Thackeray was an extremely influential man in Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai. He and his party are considered very radical and Thackeray’s death is very emotional for his followers. For this reason Mumbai has shut down for a couple days. No buses, taxis, rickshaws, and local businesses have all closed. If anyone is one the road or has a business trying to stay open, there is a good chance that the members of the party will riot. I’ve been told to stay inside the hotel today for fear that I’d receive some negative attention.

BBC News has a good photo to show how many people gathered in Mumbai to honor Thackeray.





Fortunately there’s a nice group of foreigners staying in the hotel now who I’ve become friendly with. Last night we had an enjoyable dinner in the hotel together. It was fun hearing about their travels and experiences.

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