Balasaheb Thackeray Biography

Balasaheb Thackeray Biography Bal Keshav Thackeray was an Indian politician who founded the Shiv Sena. He used to give more importance to Marathi and his party is working actively in Western Maharashtra. His colleagues call him by the name of “Balasaheb”. His followers call him the Hindu heart emperor. Bal Thackeray was born on 23 January 1926 in Pune city to Ramabai and Keshav Sitaram Thackeray (also known as Prabodhankar Thackeray).

Balasaheb Thackeray Biography
Balasaheb Thackeray Biography

He was the eldest of his 9 siblings. Keshav Thackeray was a social activist who was also involved in the joint Maharashtra campaign in 1950 and strived to make Mumbai the capital of India. Balasaheb Thackeray’s father always used social violence to make his campaign successful. But he left the campaign because at that time most people were accusing him of discrimination.

Balasaheb Thackeray Family

Balasaheb Thackeray married Meena Thackeray. Later they had 3 children, Bindumadhav Thackeray, Jaidev Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray.

Balasaheb Thackeray started his career as an English-language comedian (cartoonist) in the Free Press Journal, Mumbai. His comic pictures were also printed in the Sunday edition of the Times of India, but then he left in 1960 and started his own magazine “Marmik”.

        In his campaign through poignant, he opposed the increasing number of people who are not Marathi in Mumbai, especially those who opposed non-Marathi people. When Thackeray split from the Free Press Journal, he was accompanied by 3 to 4 people, including George Fernandes, who left that paper and started a daily newspaper of his own. Which lasted for 1 to 2 months.

        His political principles included a lot of havoc with his father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, who had been the head of the joint Maharashtra campaign, which opposed the partition of Maharashtra. In his campaign through poignant, he opposed the increasing number of people who are not Marathi in Mumbai. In 1966, Balasaheb Thackeray founded the Shiv Sena Party to increase the number of Marathis in Maharashtra and especially in Mumbai and bring Marathi people into politics.

        In the late 1960s to early 1970, Thackeray established his party in Maharashtra, with a small alliance. As soon as he founded his party, he founded the Marathi daily newspaper Saamana and the Hindi-language newspaper Shamna Saamana. He carried out many campaigns in his life and always kept fighting for the rights of the Marathas.

Political Life

        In 1949, he established a staunch Hindu-nation litigation organization called Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. Although Bal Thackeray did not get the expected success in the initial phase, but eventually he led the Shiv Sena to the stairs of power. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance formed its government in Maharashtra in 1955.

        However, in 2005, angered by the extra importance being given to his son Uddhav Thackeray, his nephew Raj Thackeray left the Shiv Sena and formed his new party ‘Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’ in 2008. Bal Thackeray was known for his provocative statements and because of this, hundreds of cases were filed against him.

Death – Bal Thackeray Death

        Balasaheb Thackeray died on 17 November 2012 due to sudden heart disorder. As soon as the news of his death spread in Mumbai, all the people started gathering at his residence and within a few hours, the fast moving Mumbai had become quiet, all had closed their shops. And a high alert was issued in entire Maharashtra.

        And Maharashtra Police requested to keep peace with 20,000 police officers, and 15 reserve police teams across Maharashtra. Seeing the love of the people towards Balasaheb Thakre, the then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh also ordered peace in his city. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also honored him a lot and he was given a final farewell with full respect. Balasaheb Thackeray Biography

        On 18 October, Thackeray’s body was taken to Shivaji Park. He was cremated at Shivaji Park. Where Shiv Sena carried out many of its campaigns. This was the first cremation in a public place after Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Millions of people were present at his cremation. According to news magazines, the number of people present would have been anywhere from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh.

About Balasaheb Thackeray

        His cremation was broadcast by all the news channels in the country. He was given such an honor despite having no member of the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha of any kind. Despite no tenure, he was given a 21-gun salute, which is given to very few people in the country. He was also paid homage at both the main halls of Bihar.

    Bala Thackeray was a lover of Marathi language. Balasaheb Thackeray always wanted to reach the Marathi language in a high place in Maharashtra. He also launched several campaigns and movements for the rights of Marathi people. He raised many disputes for reservation of Marathas in the field of jobs. People in Maharashtra knew him by the name of “Tiger of Maratha”. He was the first person on whose death people had voluntarily closed the entire Mumbai without any notice. Certainly we should salute this great leader of Maharashtra.


   Balkadu is a 2015 Marathi language film, inspired by the life and ideals of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray. The film is produced by Swapna Patkar and directed by Atul Kale. Balasaheb’s voice is used in this film. As a tribute to Thackeray, the film was released on January 23, his birthday.

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