Bal Thackeray

Profession: Indian Politician

Brothers of Bal Thackeray

Ramesh Thackeray, Shrikant Prabhodankar Thackeray

Father of Bal Thackeray

Keshav Sitaram Thackeray (a social reformer and journalist)

Mother of Bal Thackeray


Sisters of Bal Thackeray

Pama Tipnis, Sudha Sule, Sarla Gadkari, Susheela Gupte, Sanjeevani Karandikar

Wife/Spouse of Bal Thackeray

Mina Thackeray

Favourite Actor(s) of Bal Thackeray

Amitabh Bachchan, Nana Patekar

Favourite Cricketer(s) of Bal Thackeray

Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar

Favourite Leader(s) of Bal Thackeray

Mahatma Gandhi

Favourite Politician of Bal Thackeray

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Favourite Singer(s) of Bal Thackeray

Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

Favourite Sport of Bal Thackeray


Favourite Statesman of Bal Thackeray

Adolf Hitler

Controversies of Bal Thackeray

Throughout his life, he had been criticized for promoting regionalism on ethnic lines.   He was also criticized for his right-wing Hindu extremism.   The first time he came under criticism was soon after the launch of Shiv Sena in 1966 when he launched a campaign against the South Indians in Mumbai, whom he accused of stealing jobs of the local Marathi people.   In 1969, he was arrested and sent to Yerwada Prison in connection with Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.   He was a staunch critic of Pakistan. In 1998, a ghazal concert of Ghulam Ali was disrupted following the orders of Bal Thackeray.   He surprised political circles after he extended his support to the Emergency announced by Indira Gandhi in 1975.   Allegations were made against him for conspiring the Babri Masjid demolition.   After the 1993 Bombay-Blast, it was said that Bal Thackeray was one of them who incited the communal violence.   In 1995, he opposed the release of Bollywood film "Bombay," which was based on the communal riots in Mumbai after the 1993 Mumbai-Bomb-Blast.   In Saamna (the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena), once he signed 'Ek Bihari, Sau Bimari." To this, Nitish Kumar (the then Chief Minister of Bihar) filed a written complaint with the Prime Minister of India. His comment also led the resignation of Shiv Sena's North India chief Jai Bhagwan Goyal who termed Shiv Sena as a Khalistan and militant organization.   He also paid disrespect to APJ Abdul Kalam (the then President of India) for not pronouncing the death sentence of Afzal Guru.   He was also criticised for praising Hitler in an interview to a daily-newspaper in 2007.   In 2007, he was briefly arrested after referring to Muslims as "green poison" during a Shiv Sena rally.   He also earned a controversy for supporting the Tamil militant organization- LTTE.   Social activist Anna Hazare and Bal Thackeray's brother Ramesh Thackeray had accused him of disproportionate assets and asked for a CBI inquiry.  

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