Mumbai: Today, it’s Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray’s 5th death anniversary and the whole nation remembers the tiger of our nation. The 86-year-old cartoonist turned politician had breathed his last at his residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra in Mumbai this day.
Bal Keshav Thackeray was an Indian politician who founded Shiv Sena, a Hindu Marathi party in the state of Maharashtra. He also praised Adolf Hitler and he was known for his stirring writings and was a good orator. He was a most controversial leader with large political influence in the state, especially in Mumbai. His party frequently used violence as a strategy to deal with their detractors. He was blamed for violence creation against attacking Muslims in the year 1992-1993 at the time of Bombay riots in the Srikrishna Commission Report.
Meanwhile, Bal Thackeray, the Pro-Hindu leader in Bombay, threatened to block Muslims’ Haj pilgrimage if Hindus were not allowed to visit Amarnath.
From 1990 to 1993, militancy in Kashmir claimed 8,100 lives, including 3,380 militants. More than 300,000 people fled the state.
Some separatists are intolerant of minorities, including other Islamic sects such as Sufis. They also oppose the shrine cult among Kashmir Muslims as “un-Islamic”. Sikhs and Christians also faced their wrath.
In 1993, Muslim guerrillas abducted Father Jose John of Srinagar´s Catholic Church. He was tortured in captivity and later allowed to leave the valley.
However, Balasaheb as he was called by majority of his followers, ended the Congress hegemony in Maharashtra, when his party and BJP allied and formed a government in 1994. Their alliance also shared power in central government between 1998-2004. However, Balasaheb never occupied office in the government.
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Balasaheb later began wearing twin bead necklaces sporting a stylish beard in the manner of Hindu gurus and treated his Shiv Sena as his young military. Bal Thackeray, was active till his last, he never hesitated to practice his particular brand of street politics, even just days before his demise he had asked his party activists to “not to permit” the forthcoming cricket matches between India and Pakistan.
Such lived the king of Shiv Sena party, throughout his life journey.