Maharatra Politics suffers blow as Bal Thackeray passes away


The recent demise of Bal Thackeray at age 86 in his home in Matoshri has left a vacuum in Indian Politics.

Words alone cannot circumscribe his role in Maharashtra Politics.

Milestones in Bal Thackeray’s life:

  • Born on 23rd January, 1923
  • Begin his career from working as a cartoonist for an English newspaper (The Free Press Journal),
  • Started his magazine “Marmik” in 1960.
  • Goes on to start his political party by the name of “Shiv Sena” in 1966. The party workers were to as “Shiv Sainiks”
  • Fondly called by his followers as Hindu Hriday Samrat (Emperor of Hindu Hearts)
  • Got arrested for the first time in February 1969
  • Supported Indira Gandhi in her move to apply “Emergency” in the 1975.
  • Supported Amitabh Bachchan after allegations of his involvement in “Bofors Scandal” were made.
  • Smita Thackeray played the role of his representative in Indian Film Industry that earned him many friends from the Industry.
  • Shiv Sena’s newspaper “Saamna” launched in 1989
  • Shiv Sena and BJP forms an alliance in 1989
  • Shiv Sena comes to power in Maharashtra in 1995
  • Credited with his contribution towards raising the “Marathi Asmita”
  • Apologized for and criticized the act his party workers attack on a private valentine’s day party on 14th February,2006
  • His praise of Adolf Hitler in the Indian Express interview of 29th January, 2007 was widely criticized
  • Was often accused to be a Xenophobic, one such incident took place when he started passing comments against Bihari’s coming to Mumbai in search of employment and urging people to form suicide bombing squads like Islamic fundamentalists
  • Nephew Raj Thackeray leaves Shiv Sena and forms his own party “Maharashtra Navnirman Sena” (MNS)
  • Retires from public life on October 2012

Source: Hindustan Times, Wikipedia, Indian Express

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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