- Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray was the founder and Chief of Shiv Sena, died on November 17, 2012 at his residence Matoshree due to cardio-respiratory arrest and low blood pressure. He died at the age of 86.
2. Thackeray was survived by two sons Uddhav and Jaidev Thackeray. Third son Bindumadhav was died in a car crash in 1996. He also lost his wife Meenatai Thackeray in 1995.
3. Bal Thackeray was born on January 23, 1926 in Pune.
Bal Thackeray’s Early Life
- Balasaheb Thackeray was the social activist, writer, cartoonist, and a seasoned politician who advocated about united Maharashtra and Maharashtrians.
- Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray started his career as a cartoonist in the English daily The Free Press Journal in Mumbai.
- His cartoons were also published in Sunday edition of The Times of India.
- Balasaheb launched a cartoon weekly Marmik in 1960, an anti migrant satirical weekly.
- He led the United Maharashtra Movement and fights for Maharashtra with Mumbai as capital.
Saamna- the Shiv Sena mouthpiece
- Balasaheb Thackeray was the founder of Saamana Marathi newspaper where he generally likes to write and edit his views. The paper was launched in 1989.
- Saamna- the Sena mouthpiece.
- In Saaman Editorial, once he signed “Ek Bihari, Sau Bimari”.
Bal Thackeray and Maharashtra Politics
- The versatile politician founded the party Shiv Sena, a party for sons of the soil, on June 19, 1966 to highlight the rights of Marathi people more strongly. The party fights against the migrants such as Gujaratis, Marwaris, Biharis and north Indians. The followers of Shiv Sena were called as Shiv Saniks.
- For over four decades, the Tiger dominated the Maharashtra politics.
- His sons of soil politics changed the entire arithmetic of Congress in Maharashtra, which was once considered as the impeccable zone of Congress.
- Thackeray inherited politics from his father KS Thackeray who was the writer-crusader.
- He always disliked cast politics and never allowed to eclipse the national issues over the regional one.
- The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena alliance came into power in the Maharashtra Assembly in 1995. During their tenure, Balashaheb acts like as remote control for government policies.
- Bal Thackeray was banned from voting and contesting any elections for six years by Election Commission from 1999 to 2005.
- Uddhav Thackeray was named political heir in 2004.
- Raj Thackeray, the nephew of Balasaheb separated from Shiv Sena in 2006 and formed a separate party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. After the announcement of retirement of Bal Thackeray from active politics, his son Uddhav Thackeray is controlling the helm.
- Separation of Raj Thackeray and formation of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was the biggest political blow for Shiv Sena party.
- In 2008, he separated himself from active politics.
- He was the firm believer of Hindu.
- He was the great admirer of Hitler.
- He was the greatest crowds’ puller till his death for rallies.
Bal Thackeray and Bollywood Connection
- All the Bollywood stars danced on the tune of Bal Thackeray.
- Balashaeb has good equation with Bollywood stars. Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna were some of his good friends and shared great rapport.
- He fought for the cause of Sanjay Dutt related to TADA case and gave him clean chit. He also supported Amitabh Bachchan in Bofors case.
- The Sarkar series of movies was purely based on Thackeray.
- His Shiv Saniks were accused of Mumbai riots after Babri Masjid demolition and vandalizing of Wankhede Stadium against Indo-Pak tie.