11 times Shiv Sena made Indians want to bury their heads in the sand

Published: October 20, 2015
Indian activist Sudheendra Kulkarni (L), whose face was blackened by ink in an alleged attack, looks on as former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri speaks to media in Mumbai on October 12, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Indian activist Sudheendra Kulkarni (L), whose face was blackened by ink in an alleged attack, looks on as former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri speaks to media in Mumbai on October 12, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

The Hindu right-wing political party Shiv Sena has been an irritant to India-Pakistan relations practically since its inception. The extremist group has made a habit of meddling in non-political areas, such as cricketing relations.

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The recent attack on the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai is just one of many occasions when Shiv Sena behaved in a manner that can only be termed ‘special’. And we don’t mean it a nice way.

Here is a look at Shiva Sena’s antics in the past when it came to cricket. We can safely say their tactics have only gotten worse.

1.  Dug the Wankhede strip in October 1991

The Shiv Sainiks, as the members of the party are known, dug the pitch in Mumbai to stop Pakistan from playing in the city. As a result the whole series got cancelled.

2.  Got the Pakistan-India Test in Mumbai cancelled in 1998

In 1998, when BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government administered the state of Maharashtra, the latter made sure the Test between both the countries did not take place in Mumbai.

The BJP did not support the idea as its late leader Gopinath Munde, who was deputy chief minister of the state, expressed his discontent against it. However, chief minister Manohar Joshi, who belonged to Shiv Sena, cancelled the match at the behest of his party supremo, now late, Balasaheb Thackeray.

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3.  Dug the Ferozshah Kotla pitch in 1999

This time the Sainiks not only dug up the pitch in the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, they also threatened to release venomous snakes in the ground ahead of Pakistan’s cricket tour of 1999.

Owing to the seriousness of the threat, the BCCI beefed up the security and not only were guards present in the ground but they were also accompanied by twenty-odd snake charmers. The match went on smoothly and is remembered because of Indian spinner Anil Kumble’s 10-wicket haul in the second innings.

4.  Damaged India’s 1983 World Cup Trophy in 1999

The Shiv Sainiks vandalised BCCI’s office at Churchgate in Mumbai in the same year and damaged the Indian cricket team’s 1983 World Cup Trophy, won under Kapil Dev.

5.  Damaged cricket pitch in Agra in 2003

A veteran’s match between Pakistan and India was to be held in India in Agra Sports Stadium but the Shiv Sainiks were against it and they scratched the pitch to make sure it didn’t happen.

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6.  Protested India-Pakistan ODI in 2005

If the Sainiks were not enough, the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, the student wing of the party, could be seen in action. The Vidyarthis attempted to prevent the Pakistan-India ODI in April 2005 which was being played in New Delhi.

7.  Threatened to disrupt Pakistan’s games in ICC Champions Trophy in 2006

After the Mumbai serial train blasts in July 2006, Shiv Sena could not have gone MIA. They warned that the party would stage protests and disrupt the ICC Champions Trophy matches featuring Pakistan in Jaipur and Mohali. The protest came in the wake of Pakistan’s alleged involvement in the bombings.

8.  Opposed participation of Pakistani players in the IPL in 2009

In the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Shiv Sena’s executive president Uddhav Thackeray in 2009 demanded that no Pakistani player should be permitted to participate in the league. Due to his statement, which came after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, no Pakistani players have been allowed to participate in the cash-rich tournament.

9.  Targeted Shahrukh Khan in 2010

Even the Indian Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan could not escape the extremist tendencies of Shiv Sena when he proposed the participation of Pakistani players in the IPL. The Sainiks threatened to disrupt the screening of his movie My Name is Khan.

10.  Claimed the right to allow Pakistan play the final of World Cup 2011 in Mumbai

The Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan team was also a target of the Sainiks in the 2011 World Cup. The party, while issuing a threat, claimed the right to allow or disallow Pakistan to play in Mumbai, if they made it to the final of the tournament.

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11.  Criticised Pakistan’s short tour to India in 2012

In a 2012 ODI series, Pakistan did not play any matches in Mumbai, again owing to the criticism by Shiv Sena. It maintained its anti-Pakistan stance and emphasised that the visitors will not be allowed to play in Mumbai. The BCCI avoided any unwanted situation and did not schedule any match in Mumbai.

The list was originally compiled by Cricket Country

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Reader Comments (21)

  • fox
    Oct 20, 2015 - 5:26PM

    Who cares about these actors..there nation is being attacked yet they choose to ply there trade in India Recommend

  • JB
    Oct 20, 2015 - 5:34PM

    And apparently Pakistan is a country where security is an issue….Recommend

  • PakPower
    Oct 20, 2015 - 5:59PM

    Introducing, The Indian Taliban.Recommend

  • Point
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:16PM

    they are not ashamed, majority of their populated voted extremists and members who see killing as the only solution to suppress the voice of minorities. Recommend

  • Zafar
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:25PM

    ET please stop being apologetic for Indian public. they are what Shiv Sena stands for. Recommend

  • Prakash G
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:28PM

    It is a pity that a party with only 20% votes is allowed to dictate which events shall take place in Mumbai.
    The sooner these hooligans are put to their place the better.Recommend

  • ahmed wani
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Stop terrorism and killing…that is the message from india…these all indian guys are communal that is truth but the fact is that they protest but does not kill people in india unlike in pakistan by now….many would have got killed….njoyy…no cricket…sorry…first solve kashmir….Recommend

  • Ajay
    Oct 20, 2015 - 7:03PM

    India would not forger the Mumbai attacks.

    Pakistan should have given justice to the victims.

    Shiv Sena is a political party & it would always exploit this issue.


  • Asif Maalik
    Oct 20, 2015 - 8:28PM

    India has BJP, Shive Sena, RSS, Bajrang Dul and other fanatics while Pakistan has Taliban, Jamatud Dawa and so on. Both countries are self-reliant in extremism.But Pakistan has an edge we never allowed extremists in power.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:42PM

    What else to expect from a shameless people like ahmed wani and Ajay who feel proud when they see fanatics from Shive Sana, RSS, BJP and Bajrang Dal go on rampage.Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:59PM


    Mumbai controversial incident occurred in 2008 while Shiv Sena’s extremist hindu mentality is on display since way back in 1991 and especially when these hooligans destroyed Babri Masjid. So stop making Mumbai incident excuses. Anti Pakistan/Muslim feelings is in average Hindu’s DNA which is now getting more obvious with Gujrat’s murderer Modi getting into power.Recommend

  • Asok
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:15PM

    I don’t want to bury my head in the sand. I would rather have the Sena buried in the sand.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:27PM

    What happened to HIndus of Pakistan? Why hindus gave Pakistan then? If that is true then why Indian Muslims havent moved to Pakistan yet? Shiv Sena relatives are muslims, how many your relatives are Hindus?Recommend

  • JAB
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:18AM

    LOLZ how can a group opposing Pakistan be called extremist or Terrorist??
    They don’t go blowing up other people in their countries.
    Pakistan is not equal to Islam!
    How idiotic are you ppl?Recommend

  • True
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:45AM

    @Aamir – Toronto:
    And how do you feel about the likes of LeT, LeJ & tons of splinter groups who are “strategic assets” & indulge in “armed violence” or are they benevolent in your eyes. Recommend

  • True
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:59AM

    Agreed with what you said but isn’t it in your DNA as the “rulers” of blah blah wherein you were just subjects rather converted for last three or four generations trying to justify towards your new faith. Isn’t it that in your textbooks all other faiths than yours are “revered”. Isn’t that you were the ones who had problems & still have it after getting independence & becoming sovereign. I’m in no way justifying stupid acts of anyone but before pointing fingers on others have a peek inside you. The murderer of Gujrat ….. very well said. Can you please update us what happened to the murderers of Christian couple working as labourers in brick kiln. Are they hanged. Ooooh I forgot ….. your very own educated lawyers & judges threw rose petals on the gunman who killed Salman Taseer. Doesn’t matter if they come to power. If they do they will never repeat it fearing backlash but if they remain ordinary the likelihood of the same getting repeated is 200%. For the whole of our life we can keep screaming …….. Recommend

  • Vijay K
    Oct 21, 2015 - 4:38AM

    I can speak only for myself : These thugs from Shiv Sena and RSS are bringing a bad name to India. BJP is becoming an embarrassment to the majority of Indians by encouraging this lot. I voted BJP not for their right wing agenda but for their economic reform. If they continue their right wing agenda, I think they will get booted out in the next election. I give a lot of credit to the Indian voter – they have realized how politicians play the caste and religion card and they wont fall for it anymore.Recommend

  • Oct 21, 2015 - 5:08AM

    @ahmed wani:
    So why are you writing under a fake Muslim name?Recommend

  • Prada
    Oct 21, 2015 - 7:23AM

    I hope the entire Shiv Sena bunch just disappear. They are just gundas who are funded by foreign agencies to denigrate India.Recommend

  • Prada
    Oct 21, 2015 - 7:24AM

    If Muslims went around throwing ink at people, they would never be associated with the word ‘terrorism’. Recommend

  • Zahid Khan
    Oct 22, 2015 - 12:43AM

    @ JAB: Killing people for eating beef is terrorismRecommend

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