People have a long memory. And today, thanks to technology it has become extremely easy to remind others of bygone days and past choices.
On Thursday, even as the Shiv Sena joined hands with the Congress and the NCP to form the Maharashtra government, Twitter user brought forth the party's not-so-secular past.
From demanding that the words “secular” and “socialist” be “permanently removed” from the Constitution’s Preamble to calling Nathuram Godse a 'patriot', the party has made headlines on many occasions.
Other memorable times include their demand that the voting rights of Muslims be revoked and their with for a burqa ban in India, and the time Sanjay Raut questioned why the Ayodhya situation was taking the government so long and adding that "we destroyed Babri Masjid in 17 minutes".
Here, we'll take you through the Shiv Sena's past, as recalled by Twitter.
Twitter user Nikhil Mehra, (@TweetinderKaul) started collating a laundry list of Sena's 'secular' credentials with several other social media users joining in.
The thread puts together various news articles from over the years. Take a look.
2. #YoSenaSoSecular In the context of the controversy of the day, ie, the one caused by @PragyaTiwari (couldn't resist. Kshama) here's another gem from the Sena stable. https://t.co/s6AF0HeHfK— Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) November 28, 2019
And the new Chanakya himself: https://t.co/Z8gGv0dZnH pic.twitter.com/LjbihL7AAW
You are talking about crowd sourcing the thread - the whole Maha govt seems to be crowd sourced.— GuruG (@gurugudi) November 28, 2019
Get onto JSTOR and read this (pic 1) which has such wonderful extracts as the one in pic 2 pic.twitter.com/h9oxhNtyoR— Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) November 28, 2019
Let's just stick to the modern #ShivSena shall we? Lest we're told Uddhav/Aditya are the Renaissance to Balasaheb's Dark Ages and we're too short-sighted to recognize this. Here's an absolute beauty: Sanjay Raut: We demolished Babri Masjid in 17 minutes: https://t.co/E9i8h46ueJ— Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) November 28, 2019
Never forget that Shiv Sena stands for some ultra-shitty things and don't let anyone forget that.— Meghnad (@firstname.lastname@example.org) (@Memeghnad) November 28, 2019
Just because they're forming Govt in Maharashtra doesn't mean they're suddenly going to change their problematic stand on things.#Threadhttps://t.co/7PlOPq8QWd