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Bal Thackeray

About Bal Thackeray

Bal Keshav Thackeray, originally Balasaheb Thackeray, is an Indian politician and is the founder and chief of the Shiv Sena.

Bal Thackeray has passed away on November 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm.

Personal Biography

Birth and Parents

His father was Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, from whom Bal Thackeray assumed the ideology.

Keshav Thackeray was an activist and journalist who wrote for the magazine Prabodhan. He was one of the prominent members of the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, who demanded a separate state for Marathi speaking people from Maharashtra in the 1950s.

Balasaheb Thackeray has a brother Shrikant, who is a cartoonist by profession.

Though denied by the Shiv Sainiks, Keshav Thackeray has his roots in Bihar, which he mentioned in his writings.


Uddhav Thackeray and Jaidev Thackery are his his sons. Raj Thackeray, who founded Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party is his nephew.

Rahul Thackeray is his grandson.

Fondly called...

Bal Thackeray is fondly called 'Hindu Hriday Samraat' by his followers and Shiv Sena members.

Hosting Michael Jackson

When the king of pop Michael Jackson came to India in 1996, Bal Thackeray hosted him. Thackeray has gifted Jackson with a silver tabla and taanpura during the visit. It is rumored that Michael Jackson has signed a toilet seat which is at Bal Thackeray's residence.

Bal Thackeray's health

In the end of Februar 09, Thackeray is admitted to Lilavati hospital after he complained of fever. Doctors attending on him said he can be discharged. He is later discharged on March 8, 2009.

In July 09, Thackeray is admitted to Lilavati hospital for a routine check-up of his health. Doctors attended him and told his condition is stable after angioplasty.


Main Article: Bal Thackeray Death

Bal Thackeray was admitted in the hospital after he complained of respiratory problems and pancreatic disease in November 2012. After battling for his life for seven days, he passed away on November 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm at his residence in Bandra. Bal Thackeray went into cardiac arrest despite the best efforts of the doctors. Dr. Jalal Parkar has made the announcement at around 5 pm of the departure of Raj Thackeray outside Matoshree. Thackeray was 86.

Bal Thackeray's Memorial

A controversy over the setup of Bal Thackeray's memorial came up as Shiv Sena party workers demanded for a memorial to be setup at Shivaji park, while the Maharashtra government has not responded to it. The locals near the Shivaji park are also said to oppose the erection of a memorial. Shiv Sena president and son of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray, said that no controversy was required on the memorial. Congress said that Shivaji Maharaj is a god for people of Maharashtra and his memorial is already there at Shivaji Park. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the government would not do anything in violation of the law with regard to Shiv Sena's demand.

Shiv Sainiks from Mumbai and Thane converged at the Shivaji Park on 8 Dec 2012 in Dadar to resist any attempt by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to dismantle the structure used to cremate Bal Thackeray.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that Shiv Sena must vacate the Shivaji Park. He said that the government only allowed them permission to perform the final rites of Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park.

Professional Biography

Bal Thackeray is the patriarch and the founder of the Shiv Sena party.

As a writer

He has written for Marathi publications including Navyug under the pen name Mavla. He frequently writes for the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.

Bal Thackeray did illustrations for a Malayalam book Natotikkappalil nalumasam.


Bal Thackeray's call for Hindu suicide squads to chase away Islamic militants generated a controversy.

2012 Timeline

Support to Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi

On September 12, 2012 Raj Thackeray voiced out his support to cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who was accused of mocking Indian national symbols and was arrested on sedition charges. In an editorial of Shiv Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna', Bal Thackeray said "Trivedi tried to depict the rot in Parliament and the government charged him with sedition. Trivedi did insult the symbols but that does not justify branding him a traitor and imprisoning him," he said. "The sedition law is one brought by Britishers. Britain has dismissed it from their Constitution but it is still there in our Constitution", he added.

"The government should declare how many people who refused to sing Vande Mataram were charged with sedition. Police merely filed cases against people like Shah Rukh Khan for insulting the national flag but there is no record of him being charged with sedition and arrested for insulting national symbol," he said.


Bal Thackeray writes to the editorial of 'Saamna', the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena party.

In a series of interviews conducted by Saamna with Bal Thackeray, he said that he would prefer Sushma Swaraj to be NDA's prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections. He praised Sushma Swaraj's abilities to lead the nation. His comments were welcomed by BJP, which said that a decision on their PM candidate would be taken during the elections.

Other Professional Information

Bal Thackeray in News

Supreme Court directs Rae Bareily court to hear a Babri demolition conspiracy case expeditiously
Supreme Court pulls up Additional Solicitor General for not being present to argue the case

CJM of Muzaffarpur court directs police to file FIR against Uddhav and Raj Thackeray
The Thackeray cousins are charged for making provocative statements against Biharis and formenting regionalism and national disintegration

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray comes out in support of his nephew
Bal Thackeray says no one should advocate the case of those who vandalized Amar Jawan Jyoti

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray discharged from Lilavati Hospital
Bal Thackeray discharged from hospital without endoscopy

Bal Thackeray admitted to Lilavati hospital
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray admitted to Lilavati hospital

Shiv Sena wants President Pranab to reject Afzal's mercy petition
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray urges President Pranab to reject the mercy petition of Afzal Singh

'Backing Pranab doesn't mean Shiv Sena is supporting Congress': Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena's executive president Uddhav Thackeray has clarified that backing UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee for the coveted post of President of India does not mean his political outfit is supporting the ruling Congress Party.

Chidambaram plays down Bal Thackeray's 'Dirty Picture' allegations
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday rubbished Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's allegations that the 'Dirty Picture' side of the ruling Congress Party had come to the fore through the nomination of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.

Thackeray mocks Team Anna
In a stinging attack on anti- corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his team, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray today went on record lambasting Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Shanti and Prashant Bhushan, calling them controversial.

Congress mocks Bal Thackeray's remark on Sachin's RS nomination
Congress leader and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday took a dig at Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray over his statements on Tendulkar, saying other political parties could not digest the fact that Tendulkar had been nominated by the Congress-led central government.

Nomination of Sachin to Rajya Sabha, Congess' dirtiest play: Bal Thackeray
Doubting the intentions behind the proposal to nominate Sachin Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha member, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said this was the Congress' 'dirtiest play'.

Send Veena Malik back to Pak, says Bal Thackeray
Bal Thackeray has demanded that Veena Malik and all other Pakistani artists be sent back to their country.

Cash-for-vote scam accused Amar Singh flexes political muscle ahead of UP polls
Flexing his political clout ahead of the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh, lawmaker and key accused in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam, Amar Singh, lashed out at friend-turned-adversary, Mulayam Singh Yadav in Varanasi on Sunday.

Abu Azmi slams Bal Thackeray over opposition to Chhath Puja
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi has slammed Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for allegedly opposing Chhath Puja, a major Hindu festival which is mostly celebrated in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Supreme Court issues notice to Advani and others in Babri Masjid demolition case
The Supreme Court on Friday sent notices to top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar leaders, including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, on the CBI's plea against dropping conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Lucknow couple name their children on political leaders
Parents are usually seen considering rare, popular and unique choices of names for their new born baby, but a couple in the outskirts of Lucknow have gone far ahead and named their children on influential political leaders.

Venom-spewing Pak TV channels must be duly penalised: Editorial
Pakistani society is fast becoming radicalised and intolerant, and some television programmes are making things worse by launching hate campaigns, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said, adding that such venom-spewing channels must be duly penalised.

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