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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with his Cabinet ministers pays tribute to the late Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivtirth in Mumbai. <b><i>Sarkar (2005):</i></b> Big B played Subhash Nagre, aka Sarkar, the extra-constitutional ruler of Mumbai. The Thackeray connect was oblique but evid­ent in the Godfather-like narrative. Senior BJP leader L K Advani with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray during their visit to the Late Balasaheb Thackeray memorial on his first death anniversary at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Gopinath Munde pay tributea to the Late Balasaheb Thackeray on his first death anniversary at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Shiv Sena activist shout slogans against  Manohar Joshi during the Sena's 48th Dassera rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Sunday.  Joshi had indirectly criticised party president Uddhav Thackeray's leadership style, by contrasting it with the aggressive style of Bal Thackeray, two days ago. Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the condolence meeting of his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray along with his son Aditya Thackeray immersing the ashes of Balasaheb Thackeray in the Sea off the Mumbai coast. Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray along with his son Aditya Thackeray arrives to immerse the ashes of Balasaheb Thackeray in the Sea off the Mumbai coast. <b>King Toon</b> Thackeray ruled Mumbai like no other. He also divided the city like no other. Shiv Sena workers with priests immersing the ashes of late party chief Bal Thackeray at Sangam in Allahabad. <b>A Wake Up Call</b>
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K. Chandrasekhara Rao, the TRS supremo, has suddenly sprung into action after falling off the radar for a while. There’s meetings happening, KCR’s trademark sarcasm and loaded insults are in place, everything is as it was. The Telangana hero, who has told the Congress that there will be no more deadlines but only death lines, now apparently plans to emulate Bal Thackeray. That is, he plans to write articles in newspapers and even pen songs in favour of Telangana statehood. With everyone stumped by the news, a last word from TDP boss Chandrababu Naidu. There’s no love lost between the two and Babu recently called KCR a Kumbhakarna—the one who sleeps for six months and creates hungama for the next six. Not a man of any ideology, he saw through their hypocrisies <b>Family affair</b> The Thackeray family unite in grief <b>The inner Thackeray</b> The state funeral he was given said it all Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi offers his condolences to Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree in Mumbai on the passing away of his father Bal Thackeray. 
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray collecting the ashes of his father Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai. Labourers rest in a closed market as shops in Mumbai were closed on Monday to mourn the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray carries away the ashes of his father Balasaheb Thackeray from Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai. Family members and Sena supporters attend Balasaheb Thackeray's funeral in Mumbai. Portrait At a dahi handi in the name of his first weekly, Marmik  

People walk beside a truck carrying the body of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai. MNS Chief  Raj Thackerey broke down during the funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray (R) pays the tribute to his father and the Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray as the final procession is being taken from his residence Matoshri to the Shiv Theerth at Dadar, in Mumbai. Bal Thaceray's father Prabodhankar Thackeray (Keshav Thackeray) With his wife Meenatai Thackeray At work - drawing cartoons for marmik A supporter wails during the cremation of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. At the launch of Shiv Sena at shivaji park Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray along with his wife and son Tejas during the funeral of Shiv Sena Chief and his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai. One of the first morchas by Shiv Sena at the Gateway of India 

Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray performing the final rituals of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Senior leaders of various parties attend funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park), in Mumbai. Speaking at the Gateway of India, one of the first morchas by the Shiv Senas

With his pet dog, he was known to love canines. 

Mourners gather during the funeral of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. With his pet dog, he was known to love canines. With Dev Anand at the inaugural issue of Dopahar ka Saamna Udhav Thackeray, the son of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray carries flowers past his body during his funeral in Mumbai. Thackeray, the extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers, died after an illness of several weeks. He was 86. Shiv Sena supporters at the funeral Procession of Shiv Sena Chief  Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai Mourners carry a poster of Bal Thackeray with the words Amar Rahe (Long Live) during his funeral in Mumbai. Thackeray checking out a snake 

Balasaheb jokes with a friend having a bath at the hand pump 

Meenatai and Thackeray at the site of Sena Bhavan, then under construction Mourners walk beside a truck carrying the body of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai Balasaheb Thackeray's followers join the final procession of the Shiv Sena Supremo from his Residence, Matoshri to the Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) where the body would be kept for last homage, in Mumbai.  Thackeray during his prolonged illness (Typhoid) with leader S.M.  Joshi Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachchan, Balasaheb Thackeray and Jackie Sshroff at a function With Amitabh Bachchan Portrait with his signature pipe The Thackeray family Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the funeral of Shiv Sena Chief and his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai. Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray's body brought at the Sena Bhavan in Mumbai. Portrait with his characteristic hand gesture At the launch of Saamana, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece  Thackeray before the Bhatan tunnel 
Kakaji, his common man!
Cartoon taking a swipe at Pt Nehru's lukewarm reaction and appeal for peace during the Chinese aggression With George Fernandes With Sharad Pawar, George Fernandes in 1982, after the mill strike. Chhagan Bhujbal is garlanding them. His cartoon-tribute after Indira Gandhi's death India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L. K. Advani, center, offers floral tributes during the funeral of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. A photograph of Bal Thackeray, hangs in the background during his cremation in Mumbai.  This photo made with long exposure shows mourners leaving after the funeral of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Mourners gather beside a truck carrying the body of Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai. A cut out of Bal Thackeray, is displayed as people attend his cremation in Mumbai Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, center, along with his sister Priya Dutt, center right, attend the funeral of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.  Uddhav Thackeray pays last tribute to his father and Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) during his funeral in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray performs rituals during the cremation of his father Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Hundreds of thousands of supporters have filled the streets of Mumbai for the funeral of Bal Thackeray. Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the funeral of Shiv Sena Chief and his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray pays last tributes to his father and Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) during his funeral in Mumbai. Senior leaders of various parties attend funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park), in Mumbai. Maharshtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, BJP President, Nitin Gadkari and NCP leader Sharad Pawar  during funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park), in Mumbai. Policemen fire in air to pay respect during the cremation of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. People climb on a billboard of Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai. File: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010. Thackeray, 86, died at Matoshree in Mumbai after prolonged illness. In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray waves at the party workers gathered outside his residence Matoshree to wish him on his 85th birthday in Mumbai on Jan 23, 2011. In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is flanked by son Uddhav Thackeray and grandson Aditya Thackeray during the party's Dusshera rally in Mumbai on Oct 18, 2010.  In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with President Pranab Mukherjee (then UPA's candidate for Presidential election) in Mumbai on July 14, 2012. In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is greeted by BJP President Nitin Gadkari at Matoshree in Mumbai on May 26, 2012. In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray honours singer Lata Mangeshkar during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010. In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a book release function in Mumbai on Feb 23, 2005. Thackeray, 86, died at Matoshree in Mumbai after prolonged illness. In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with his son Uddhav Thackeray during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010. File photo: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Dead. Muslims offer prayers for the health of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, outside his residence in Mumbai. Supporters in thousands have gathered outside Thackeray’s residence as he continues to be gravely ill. Relatives of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray offer prayers for his health at a temple in Mumbai. Supporters in thousands have gathered outside Thackeray’s residence as he continues to be gravely ill. Sand artist Rajesh Muliya creates a sand sculpture to wish good health for Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Thangadh town. Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray with son Aditya interacts with the crowd of shiv Sena supporters in Mumbai.   Huge crowd of supporters outside Matoshree, the residence of ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition, in Mumbai. Security personnel stand guard outside the residence of ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai. Policemen are deployed outside the house of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Thackery’s health had worsened on Wednesday, leading to a surge of supporters in thousands outside his residence. MNS Chief Raj Thackeray at Matoshree to visit ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition in Mumbai. Smita Thackeray at Matoshree to visit ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition in Mumbai. MNS workers perform prayers at Laxminarayan Temple for the good health of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Thane, Mumbai. Actor Salman Khan with father Salim Khan and brother Arbaaz Khan arrive at Matoshree to see ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai. Diwali lanterns are removed from Sena Bhawan after Sena chief Bal Thackeray's condition reportedly worsened, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena workers pray at a Ganesh mandir for the good health of party chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Solapur, Maharashtra.  Supporters stand in front of large photos of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray outside his residence in Mumbai. Thackery’s health had worsened on Wednesday, leading to a surge of supporters in thousands outside his residence. Actors Randhir Kapoor, Rajeev Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor at Matoshree to visit the ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition, in Mumbai. A supporter wipes her tears outside the house of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Supporters shout slogans outside the residence of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Thackery’s health had worsened on Wednesday, leading to a surge of supporters gathered outside his residence. A Shiv Sena flag hangs in the foreground as policemen are deployed outside the residence of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Supporters of the ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray gather outside his residence 'Matoshree' in Mumbai on Wednesday night. File photo:The health of Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, who was in a critical condition last night, is stable now, party spokesman Sanjay Raut said this morning. Shiv Sainiks pray for Sena supremo Bal Thackarey's good health in Mumbai.  File: Amidst reports of deteriorating health of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray called a meeting of party MPs and legislators, which is usually done a few days before the start of a Parliament session and this has triggered off various speculations. <b>Home is Where...</b>
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In this season of gloom and doom, Digvijay Singh’s comment that our Maratha soldiers of fortune, the Thackerays, “actually belong to Bihar” has become a source of some mirth for our political classes. MPs from the republic of Bihar, always good for a joke, are having a field day. Wisecracks about tracing the ancestors of the Shiv Sena patriarch are doing the rounds. Chipping in is Sanjay Nirupam, one-time Sena rabble-rouser now turned Congress motormouth. (Needless to say, Nirupam is of Bihari descent.) So last week, when an MP asked innocently, “If the Thackerays were Bihari Kayasthas, what would their names be?” Nirupam bhai immediately piped up—Bal Sinha, Raj Sinha and Uddhav Sinha. Another of his tribe laughed and added, “Sinha is a good choice. After all, they come from the state of Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha.” File Photo - Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj with Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. Bal Thackeray has said that Sushma Swaraj is the only leader in the BJP who is deserving and will make a great choice for the Prime Minister's post. UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee meets Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at the latter's residence 'Matoshree' in Mumbai on Friday night. Shivsena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray holds NBC NEWSMAKERS Life time Achievement Award - in Mumbai. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar during Deenanath Mangeshkar awards ceremony in Mumbai on Tuesday. <b>Vitrolic Theatricality</b>
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Clenched smiles and hasty pallu pull-ups do not comfort indicate. Yet, if Madhuri was not at ease in Balasaheb Thackeray’s proximity, hers was a masterful job of masking it. Maybe the occasion—the 70th death anniversary of Dinanath Mangeshkar—was a pacifier. Or perhaps it was that the white beard reminded her of a certain besotted artist.  Shiv Sena workers celebrate the party's win in the corporation elections in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray celebrates his 86th birthday at his residence in Mumbai. Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray are also seen. Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray leaves after visiting an ophthalmologist in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray addresses the party's Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Thursday. Shiv Sena Execurive President Uddhav Thackeray also seen. Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with Aditya Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray at the launch of a book 'Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar' written by Balaji Tambe, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the launch of a mobile book exhibition vehicle, which will travel from Mumbai, Pandharpur, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray waves at the party workers gathered outside his residence to wish him on his 85th birthday in Mumbai. Aditya Thackeray, the grandson of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, along with a delegation meeting Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee at Parliament House in New Delhi. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray along with his Son Uddhav Thackeray and grandson Aditya Thackeray during the Dusshera rally in Mumbai. Rajinikanth meets Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Jai Maharashtra! As the state celebrates its golden jubilee, Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray and party's Executive President Udhav Thackeray with his wife Rashmi Thackeray are seen during the inauguration of Sanyukta Maharashtra Museum in Mumbai on April 30, 2010. Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray arrives at J J Hospital for an eye check-up, in Mumbai. Shivsena spokesperson Nilam Ghorhe along with party women greeting party chief Balasaheb Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai. She thanked him and expressed gratitude as Shivsena Members in Rajya Sabha voted in support of Women's Reservation Bill. <b>Manoos Has A Bat</b><br>
It’s not even a month, but the Shiv Sena’s already done an about-turn on Maharashtra’s favourite son. After giving Sachin Tendulkar “advice” on not taking “cheeky singles on the political pitch” (in response to the master bat’s Mumbai-is-for-everyone comment) and planning to disown him, this month the Sena has backed him for the Bharat Ratna. Why the flip-flop? Well, the buzz is this. One, the rank and file was flabbergasted when their “Tendlya” was reprimanded and, two, it even shocked the patriarch. On top of this came CM Ashok Chavan’s statement that Tendulkar deserves the Bharat Ratna, effectively snatching away the Sena’s Marathi manoos plank. Minus that, Balasaheb well knows, the Sena is but an irrelevant nuisance club of strongmen. So he lost no time in ticking off son and party executive president Uddhav for the ill-advised campaign and made peace by supporting the Bharat Ratna demand. People buying the tickets of Shahrukh Khan's movie 'My Name is Khan' at a multiplex in Mumbai. The movie had a smooth opening today across the country with Mumbai restricting the number of shows following Shiv Sena threat. Amid unprecedented security for the film's release, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil drove to multiplex INOX to catch the first show of My Name Is Khan. Shah Rukh Khan fan club members outside a multiplex to watch the first show of actor's film My Name is Khan in Mumbai. Police detain activists of the Shiv Sena during a protest against the screening of Shah Rukh Khan's new movie 'My Name is Khan' outside a movie theater in Mumbai. Protesters tore up posters and stoned movie theaters to block the screening of a movie. Tight security arrangement at a theatre on the day of release of Shahrukh Khan's new movie 'My Name Is Khan' in Mumbai. Multiplex chains in Mumbai have decided to have a limited release of the movie post noon today. Police officers patrol near a poster of Shah Rukh Khan's new film 'My Name is Khan' outside a movie hall in Mumbai. The release of the film in Mumbai theatres on Feb 12, was clouded in uncertainty amid reluctance by some multiplexes even as Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today guaranteed security to counter Shiv Sena threats to disrupt the film. Shahrukh Khan alongwith actress Kajol and Karan Johar at the premier of their film 'My Name Is Khan' at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. As the tense stand-off between Shah Rukh and the Shiv Sena cast its shadow on MNIK, the high profile Director of the film Karan Johar insisted it will be released as scheduled in Mumbai and elsewhere.  Release of MNIK not postponed in Mumbai. Please dont't believe rumours, Johar tweeted Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray at a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party President & Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and BCCI President Shashank Manohar in Mumbai. Pawar met Bal Thackeray requesting him to withdraw Shiv Sena threat against Australian cricketers' participation in IPL, the party today said it would take a final call on the issue in two-three days. Shah Rukh Khan, surrounded by security personnel, waves to fans outside the Chatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai. Khan being under attack from the Shiv Sena said today that he had said nothing wrong and he would not go to Bal Thackerays house to sort out IPL row. Congress party workers burning effigy of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and MNS chief Raj Thackeray at Amritsar. Congress suuporters burn posters of Shivsena chief Bal Thackeray for his remarks against AICC General secretary Rahul Gandhi in Moradabad. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today issued a diktat to his partymen to welcome Rahul Gandhi with black flags to protest his 'Mumbai for all Indians' remark but undeterred by the verbal assault the Congress leader will go ahead with his visit to the city tomorrow.
<b>Whose Mumbai is it?</b> The Thackerays, Bal, Uddhav and Raj Activists of the All India Muslim Youth Anti - Terrorism Committee wear portraits of Bollywood actor Amir Khan at a protest against Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. The protest was against remarks by Thackeray, in which he allegedly called popular actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan anti-nationals. Significantly, Shah Rukh Khan had spoken out against the exclusion of Pakistani players from the IPL. Activists of the All India Muslim Youth Anti - Terrorism Committee burn a photo of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in New Delhi. The protest was staged against remarks by Thackeray, in which he allegedly called popular actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan anti-nationals. Shivsena Supremo Bal Thackeray shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote for the state assembly elections, at Bandra in Mumbai. Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray is seen waving at the back. 
Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray welcomes singer-composer Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar in Mumbai. <b>Sunday, November 23, 2008</b><br>
And then the Maharashtra politics was all abuzz when news came in that MNS
chief Raj Thackeray had gone to call on his estranged uncle Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
The former said his uncle had called up to enquire about one of his books which
was with him and that he offered to go over personally to return it.
Significantly, Uddhav Thackeray was also there at the meeting -- first in over two
years since Raj left Shiv Sena over differences with cousin Udhav -- which
lasted a full one hour. The Thackerays are however insisting that there were no political undertones to the
meeting, held at Bal Thackeray's residence in Bandra. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is at it again. He has said it before, and said it again: Hindus too should form suicide bomber squads. Following the arrest of some Sena activists who allegedly planted bombs in theatres staging a play perceived as denigrating Hindu religious icons Thackeray wrote in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana: This entire episode is hilarious and reeks of stupidity. Islamic terrorism is on the rise in India and Hindu terrorism should also be equally strong to fight it. Hindus can survive if, like Islamic terrorists, Hindu suicide squads are created to protect the Hindus and the nation. BJP is not exactly pleased and is talking of the law of the land. The Congress-led government in Maharashtra has made some mealy mouthed sounds about taking action, but, as expected, there is not even a whimper from its police. Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar has criticised the media for not strongly condemning a recent attack on Saamana's Pune office: goons hired by Sena turncoat Narayan Rane, who is now revenue minister, had attacked the Saamana office, protesting against photographs of Rane as a sari-clad woman in Saamana...Maybe it was construed that the attack on Saamana office was out of love or a friendly fight. <b>Tuesday April 8, 2008</b><br>
Hogenakkal found its echoes in Mumbai. Shiv Sena mouthpiece <i>Saamna</i> came out with a front-page article saying that while Rajnikanth was born in Karnataka and educated in Maharashtra, he had attained stardom in Tamil Nadu: He stayed true to his salt by expressing solidarity with Tamil Nadu. The entire country was watching his decision. He has overshadowed everyone including superstar Amitabh Bachchan by considering his karmabhoomi superior to his janmabhoomi. Considering that this came soon after the campaign launched by Raj Thackeray's MNS against Amitabh Bachchan, the latter felt the need to speak out in Marathi, saying: I am not an outsider by any stretch of imagination. This land is my land as much as it is every other citizen of our beloved country. I came to Mumbai in 1968 to pursue a vocation. I did not need a visa to come here. Sena chief Bal Thackeray was quick to distance  himself from the article, saying the views expressed in it were not his, and followed that with an editorial in which he said Amitabh is not just star of one particular state, but the superstar of the whole country. Hence it is improper to drag him into needless controversy of regionalism.  Ji Sarkar. Michael Jackson with Bal Thackeray
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with his Cabinet ministers pays tribute to the late Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivtirth in Mumbai.

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Sarkar (2005): Big B played Subhash Nagre, aka Sarkar, the extra-constitutional ruler of Mumbai. The Thackeray connect was oblique but evid­ent in the Godfather-like narrative.

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Senior BJP leader L K Advani with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray during their visit to the Late Balasaheb Thackeray memorial on his first death anniversary at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

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Nov 17, 2013
Senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Gopinath Munde pay tributea to the Late Balasaheb Thackeray on his first death anniversary at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

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Oct 13, 2013
Shiv Sena activist shout slogans against Manohar Joshi during the Sena's 48th Dassera rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Sunday. Joshi had indirectly criticised party president Uddhav Thackeray's leadership style, by contrasting it with the aggressive style of Bal Thackeray, two days ago.

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Nov 27, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the condolence meeting of his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

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Nov 23, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray along with his son Aditya Thackeray immersing the ashes of Balasaheb Thackeray in the Sea off the Mumbai coast.

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Nov 23, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray along with his son Aditya Thackeray arrives to immerse the ashes of Balasaheb Thackeray in the Sea off the Mumbai coast.

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Nov 22, 2012
King Toon Thackeray ruled Mumbai like no other. He also divided the city like no other.

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Nov 22, 2012
Shiv Sena workers with priests immersing the ashes of late party chief Bal Thackeray at Sangam in Allahabad.

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Nov 22, 2012
A Wake Up Call

K. Chandrasekhara Rao, the TRS supremo, has suddenly sprung into action after falling off the radar for a while. There’s meetings happening, KCR’s trademark sarcasm and loaded insults are in place, everything is as it was. The Telangana hero, who has told the Congress that there will be no more deadlines but only death lines, now apparently plans to emulate Bal Thackeray. That is, he plans to write articles in newspapers and even pen songs in favour of Telangana statehood. With everyone stumped by the news, a last word from TDP boss Chandrababu Naidu. There’s no love lost between the two and Babu recently called KCR a Kumbhakarna—the one who sleeps for six months and creates hungama for the next six.

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Nov 22, 2012
Not a man of any ideology, he saw through their hypocrisies

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Family affair The Thackeray family unite in grief

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The inner Thackeray The state funeral he was given said it all

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi offers his condolences to Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree in Mumbai on the passing away of his father Bal Thackeray.

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Nov 19, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray collecting the ashes of his father Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai.

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Nov 19, 2012
Labourers rest in a closed market as shops in Mumbai were closed on Monday to mourn the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

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Nov 19, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray carries away the ashes of his father Balasaheb Thackeray from Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
Family members and Sena supporters attend Balasaheb Thackeray's funeral in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
Portrait

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At a dahi handi in the name of his first weekly, Marmik

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People walk beside a truck carrying the body of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
MNS Chief Raj Thackerey broke down during the funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
Uddhav Thackeray (R) pays the tribute to his father and the Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray as the final procession is being taken from his residence Matoshri to the Shiv Theerth at Dadar, in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
Bal Thaceray's father Prabodhankar Thackeray (Keshav Thackeray)

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With his wife Meenatai Thackeray

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At work - drawing cartoons for marmik

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Nov 18, 2012
A supporter wails during the cremation of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
At the launch of Shiv Sena at shivaji park

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Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray along with his wife and son Tejas during the funeral of Shiv Sena Chief and his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
One of the first morchas by Shiv Sena at the Gateway of India

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Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray performing the final rituals of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
Senior leaders of various parties attend funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park), in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
Speaking at the Gateway of India, one of the first morchas by the Shiv Senas

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Nov 18, 2012
With his pet dog, he was known to love canines.

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Nov 18, 2012
Mourners gather during the funeral of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

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Nov 18, 2012
With his pet dog, he was known to love canines.

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Nov 18, 2012
With Dev Anand at the inaugural issue of Dopahar ka Saamna

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Nov 18, 2012
Udhav Thackeray, the son of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray carries flowers past his body during his funeral in Mumbai. Thackeray, the extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers, died after an illness of several weeks. He was 86.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
Shiv Sena supporters at the funeral Procession of Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai

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Nov 18, 2012
Mourners carry a poster of Bal Thackeray with the words "Amar Rahe" (Long Live) during his funeral in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
Thackeray checking out a snake

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Nov 18, 2012
Balasaheb jokes with a friend having a bath at the hand pump

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Nov 18, 2012
Meenatai and Thackeray at the site of Sena Bhavan, then under construction

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Nov 18, 2012
Mourners walk beside a truck carrying the body of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai

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Nov 18, 2012
Balasaheb Thackeray's followers join the final procession of the Shiv Sena Supremo from his Residence, Matoshri to the Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) where the body would be kept for last homage, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Nov 18, 2012
Thackeray during his prolonged illness (Typhoid) with leader S.M. Joshi

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Nov 18, 2012
Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachchan, Balasaheb Thackeray and Jackie Sshroff at a function

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Nov 18, 2012
With Amitabh Bachchan

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Nov 18, 2012
Portrait with his signature pipe

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Nov 18, 2012
The Thackeray family

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Nov 18, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the funeral of Shiv Sena Chief and his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Nov 18, 2012
Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray's body brought at the Sena Bhavan in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Nov 18, 2012
Portrait with his characteristic hand gesture

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Nov 18, 2012
At the launch of Saamana, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece

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Nov 18, 2012
Thackeray before the Bhatan tunnel

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Nov 18, 2012
Kakaji, his common man!

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Nov 18, 2012
Cartoon taking a swipe at Pt Nehru's lukewarm reaction and appeal for peace during the Chinese aggression

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Nov 18, 2012
With George Fernandes

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Nov 18, 2012
With Sharad Pawar, George Fernandes in 1982, after the mill strike. Chhagan Bhujbal is garlanding them.

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Nov 18, 2012
His cartoon-tribute after Indira Gandhi's death

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Nov 18, 2012
India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L. K. Advani, center, offers floral tributes during the funeral of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
A photograph of Bal Thackeray, hangs in the background during his cremation in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
This photo made with long exposure shows mourners leaving after the funeral of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Nov 18, 2012
Mourners gather beside a truck carrying the body of Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Nov 18, 2012
A cut out of Bal Thackeray, is displayed as people attend his cremation in Mumbai

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, center, along with his sister Priya Dutt, center right, attend the funeral of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
Uddhav Thackeray pays last tribute to his father and Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) during his funeral in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo
Nov 18, 2012
Uddhav Thackeray performs rituals during the cremation of his father Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Hundreds of thousands of supporters have filled the streets of Mumbai for the funeral of Bal Thackeray.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the funeral of Shiv Sena Chief and his father Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo by Shashank Parade
Nov 18, 2012
Uddhav Thackeray pays last tributes to his father and Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park) during his funeral in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad
Nov 18, 2012
Senior leaders of various parties attend funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park), in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad
Nov 18, 2012
Maharshtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, BJP President, Nitin Gadkari and NCP leader Sharad Pawar during funeral of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray at Shiv Theerth (Shivaji park), in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad
Nov 18, 2012
Policemen fire in air to pay respect during the cremation of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 18, 2012
People climb on a billboard of Bal Thackeray during his funeral in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 17, 2012
File: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010. Thackeray, 86, died at Matoshree in Mumbai after prolonged illness.

- PTI Photo
Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray waves at the party workers gathered outside his residence Matoshree to wish him on his 85th birthday in Mumbai on Jan 23, 2011.

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Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is flanked by son Uddhav Thackeray and grandson Aditya Thackeray during the party's Dusshera rally in Mumbai on Oct 18, 2010.

- PTI Photo
Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with President Pranab Mukherjee (then UPA's candidate for Presidential election) in Mumbai on July 14, 2012.

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Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is greeted by BJP President Nitin Gadkari at Matoshree in Mumbai on May 26, 2012.

- PTI Photo
Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray honours singer Lata Mangeshkar during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010.

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Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a book release function in Mumbai on Feb 23, 2005. Thackeray, 86, died at Matoshree in Mumbai after prolonged illness.

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Nov 17, 2012
In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is seen with his son Uddhav Thackeray during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010.

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Nov 17, 2012
File photo: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Dead.

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Nov 17, 2012


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Nov 16, 2012
Muslims offer prayers for the health of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, outside his residence in Mumbai. Supporters in thousands have gathered outside Thackeray’s residence as he continues to be gravely ill.

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Nov 16, 2012
Relatives of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray offer prayers for his health at a temple in Mumbai. Supporters in thousands have gathered outside Thackeray’s residence as he continues to be gravely ill.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Nov 16, 2012
Sand artist Rajesh Muliya creates a sand sculpture to wish good health for Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Thangadh town.

- PTI Photo
Nov 15, 2012
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray with son Aditya interacts with the crowd of shiv Sena supporters in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Shashank Parade
Nov 15, 2012
Huge crowd of supporters outside Matoshree, the residence of ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Nov 15, 2012
Security personnel stand guard outside the residence of ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Santosh Hirlekar
Nov 15, 2012
Policemen are deployed outside the house of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Thackery’s health had worsened on Wednesday, leading to a surge of supporters in thousands outside his residence.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 15, 2012
MNS Chief Raj Thackeray at Matoshree to visit ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Shashank Parade
Nov 15, 2012
Smita Thackeray at Matoshree to visit ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Shashank Parade
Nov 15, 2012
MNS workers perform prayers at Laxminarayan Temple for the good health of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Thane, Mumbai.

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Nov 15, 2012
Actor Salman Khan with father Salim Khan and brother Arbaaz Khan arrive at Matoshree to see ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Nov 15, 2012
Diwali lanterns are removed from Sena Bhawan after Sena chief Bal Thackeray's condition reportedly worsened, in Mumbai.

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Nov 15, 2012
Shiv Sena workers pray at a Ganesh mandir for the good health of party chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Solapur, Maharashtra.

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Nov 15, 2012
Supporters stand in front of large photos of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray outside his residence in Mumbai. Thackery’s health had worsened on Wednesday, leading to a surge of supporters in thousands outside his residence.

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Nov 15, 2012
Actors Randhir Kapoor, Rajeev Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor at Matoshree to visit the ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray who was reported in critical condition, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Nov 15, 2012
A supporter wipes her tears outside the house of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 15, 2012
Supporters shout slogans outside the residence of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai. Thackery’s health had worsened on Wednesday, leading to a surge of supporters gathered outside his residence.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 15, 2012
A Shiv Sena flag hangs in the foreground as policemen are deployed outside the residence of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

- AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool
Nov 15, 2012
Supporters of the ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray gather outside his residence 'Matoshree' in Mumbai on Wednesday night.

- PTI Photo/ Shashank Parade
Nov 15, 2012
File photo:The health of Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, who was in a critical condition last night, is "stable" now, party spokesman Sanjay Raut said this morning.

- PTI PHOTO/ MITESH BHUVAD
Nov 15, 2012
Shiv Sainiks pray for Sena supremo Bal Thackarey's good health in Mumbai.

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Nov 02, 2012
File: Amidst reports of deteriorating health of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray called a meeting of party MPs and legislators, which is usually done a few days before the start of a Parliament session and this has triggered off various speculations.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Sep 13, 2012
Home is Where...

In this season of gloom and doom, Digvijay Singh’s comment that our Maratha soldiers of fortune, the Thackerays, “actually belong to Bihar” has become a source of some mirth for our political classes. MPs from the republic of Bihar, always good for a joke, are having a field day. Wisecracks about tracing the ancestors of the Shiv Sena patriarch are doing the rounds. Chipping in is Sanjay Nirupam, one-time Sena rabble-rouser now turned Congress motormouth. (Needless to say, Nirupam is of Bihari descent.) So last week, when an MP asked innocently, “If the Thackerays were Bihari Kayasthas, what would their names be?” Nirupam bhai immediately piped up—Bal Sinha, Raj Sinha and Uddhav Sinha. Another of his tribe laughed and added, “Sinha is a good choice. After all, they come from the state of Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha.”

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Sep 09, 2012
File Photo - Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj with Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. Bal Thackeray has said that Sushma Swaraj is the only leader in the BJP who is "deserving" and will make a "great choice" for the Prime Minister's post.

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Jul 14, 2012
UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee meets Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at the latter's residence 'Matoshree' in Mumbai on Friday night.

- PTI Photo/ Shirish Shete
May 01, 2012
Shivsena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray holds NBC NEWSMAKERS Life time Achievement Award - in Mumbai.

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Apr 25, 2012
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar during Deenanath Mangeshkar awards ceremony in Mumbai on Tuesday.

- PTI Photo
Apr 25, 2012
Vitrolic Theatricality

Clenched smiles and hasty pallu pull-ups do not comfort indicate. Yet, if Madhuri was not at ease in Balasaheb Thackeray’s proximity, hers was a masterful job of masking it. Maybe the occasion—the 70th death anniversary of Dinanath Mangeshkar—was a pacifier. Or perhaps it was that the white beard reminded her of a certain besotted artist.

- AFP (From Outlook, May 07, 2012)

Feb 17, 2012
Shiv Sena workers celebrate the party's win in the corporation elections in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Shashank Parade
Jan 23, 2012
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray celebrates his 86th birthday at his residence in Mumbai. Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray are also seen.

- PTI Photo/ Santosh Hirlekar
Dec 07, 2011
Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray leaves after visiting an ophthalmologist in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Oct 07, 2011
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray addresses the party's Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Thursday. Shiv Sena Execurive President Uddhav Thackeray also seen.

- PTI Photo/ Mitesh Bhuvad
Jul 24, 2011
Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with Aditya Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray at the launch of a book 'Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar' written by Balaji Tambe, in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Shashank Parade
Jun 22, 2011
Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Executive President Uddhav Thackeray during the launch of a mobile book exhibition vehicle, which will travel from Mumbai, Pandharpur, in Mumbai.

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Jan 23, 2011
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray waves at the party workers gathered outside his residence to wish him on his 85th birthday in Mumbai.

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Jan 03, 2011


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Dec 02, 2010
Aditya Thackeray, the grandson of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, along with a delegation meeting Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Nov 01, 2010


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Oct 17, 2010
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray along with his Son Uddhav Thackeray and grandson Aditya Thackeray during the Dusshera rally in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar
Oct 05, 2010
Rajinikanth meets Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai.

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May 01, 2010
Jai Maharashtra! As the state celebrates its golden jubilee, Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray and party's Executive President Udhav Thackeray with his wife Rashmi Thackeray are seen during the inauguration of Sanyukta Maharashtra Museum in Mumbai on April 30, 2010.

- PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar
Mar 18, 2010
Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray arrives at J J Hospital for an eye check-up, in Mumbai.

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Mar 12, 2010
Shivsena spokesperson Nilam Ghorhe along with party women greeting party chief Balasaheb Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai. She thanked him and expressed gratitude as Shivsena Members in Rajya Sabha voted in support of Women's Reservation Bill.

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Mar 10, 2010
Manoos Has A Bat
It’s not even a month, but the Shiv Sena’s already done an about-turn on Maharashtra’s favourite son. After giving Sachin Tendulkar “advice” on not taking “cheeky singles on the political pitch” (in response to the master bat’s Mumbai-is-for-everyone comment) and planning to disown him, this month the Sena has backed him for the Bharat Ratna. Why the flip-flop? Well, the buzz is this. One, the rank and file was flabbergasted when their “Tendlya” was reprimanded and, two, it even shocked the patriarch. On top of this came CM Ashok Chavan’s statement that Tendulkar deserves the Bharat Ratna, effectively snatching away the Sena’s Marathi manoos plank. Minus that, Balasaheb well knows, the Sena is but an irrelevant nuisance club of strongmen. So he lost no time in ticking off son and party executive president Uddhav for the ill-advised campaign and made peace by supporting the Bharat Ratna demand.

- Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
Feb 12, 2010
People buying the tickets of Shahrukh Khan's movie 'My Name is Khan' at a multiplex in Mumbai. The movie had a smooth opening today across the country with Mumbai restricting the number of shows following Shiv Sena threat. Amid unprecedented security for the film's release, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil drove to multiplex INOX to catch the first show of My Name Is Khan.

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Feb 12, 2010
Shah Rukh Khan fan club members outside a multiplex to watch the first show of actor's film My Name is Khan in Mumbai.

- PTI Photo/Shirish Shete
Feb 12, 2010
Police detain activists of the Shiv Sena during a protest against the screening of Shah Rukh Khan's new movie 'My Name is Khan' outside a movie theater in Mumbai. Protesters tore up posters and stoned movie theaters to block the screening of a movie.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Feb 12, 2010
Tight security arrangement at a theatre on the day of release of Shahrukh Khan's new movie 'My Name Is Khan' in Mumbai. Multiplex chains in Mumbai have decided to have a limited release of the movie post noon today.

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Feb 11, 2010
Police officers patrol near a poster of Shah Rukh Khan's new film 'My Name is Khan' outside a movie hall in Mumbai. The release of the film in Mumbai theatres on Feb 12, was clouded in uncertainty amid reluctance by some multiplexes even as Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today guaranteed security to counter Shiv Sena threats to disrupt the film.

- AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Feb 11, 2010
Shahrukh Khan alongwith actress Kajol and Karan Johar at the premier of their film 'My Name Is Khan' at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. As the tense stand-off between Shah Rukh and the Shiv Sena cast its shadow on MNIK, the high profile Director of the film Karan Johar insisted it will be released as scheduled in Mumbai and elsewhere. " Release of MNIK not postponed in Mumbai. Please dont't believe rumours," Johar tweeted

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Feb 10, 2010


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Feb 08, 2010
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray at a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party President & Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and BCCI President Shashank Manohar in Mumbai. Pawar met Bal Thackeray requesting him to withdraw Shiv Sena threat against Australian cricketers' participation in IPL, the party today said it would take a final call on the issue in two-three days.

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Feb 06, 2010
Shah Rukh Khan, surrounded by security personnel, waves to fans outside the Chatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai. Khan being under attack from the Shiv Sena said today that he had said nothing wrong and he would not go to Bal Thackerays house to sort out IPL row.

- AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Feb 05, 2010
Congress party workers burning effigy of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and MNS chief Raj Thackeray at Amritsar.

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Feb 04, 2010
Congress suuporters burn posters of Shivsena chief Bal Thackeray for his remarks against AICC General secretary Rahul Gandhi in Moradabad. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today issued a diktat to his partymen to welcome Rahul Gandhi with black flags to protest his 'Mumbai for all Indians' remark but undeterred by the verbal assault the Congress leader will go ahead with his visit to the city tomorrow.

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Feb 04, 2010
Whose Mumbai is it? The Thackerays, Bal, Uddhav and Raj

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Feb 01, 2010
Activists of the All India Muslim Youth Anti - Terrorism Committee wear portraits of Bollywood actor Amir Khan at a protest against Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. The protest was against remarks by Thackeray, in which he allegedly called popular actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan anti-nationals. Significantly, Shah Rukh Khan had spoken out against the exclusion of Pakistani players from the IPL.

- AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
Feb 01, 2010
Activists of the All India Muslim Youth Anti - Terrorism Committee burn a photo of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in New Delhi. The protest was staged against remarks by Thackeray, in which he allegedly called popular actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan anti-nationals.

- AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
Oct 13, 2009
Shivsena Supremo Bal Thackeray shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote for the state assembly elections, at Bandra in Mumbai. Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray is seen waving at the back.

- PTI Photo
Oct 01, 2009
Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray welcomes singer-composer Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar in Mumbai.

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Nov 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
And then the Maharashtra politics was all abuzz when news came in that MNS chief Raj Thackeray had gone to call on his estranged uncle Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. The former said his uncle had called up to enquire about one of his books which was with him and that he offered to go over personally to return it. Significantly, Uddhav Thackeray was also there at the meeting -- first in over two years since Raj left Shiv Sena over differences with cousin Udhav -- which lasted a full one hour. The Thackerays are however insisting that there were no political undertones to the meeting, held at Bal Thackeray's residence in Bandra.

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Jun 19, 2008
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is at it again. He has said it before, and said it again: Hindus too should form suicide bomber squads. Following the arrest of some Sena activists who allegedly planted bombs in theatres staging a play perceived as denigrating Hindu religious icons Thackeray wrote in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana: "This entire episode is hilarious and reeks of stupidity. Islamic terrorism is on the rise in India and Hindu terrorism should also be equally strong to fight it. Hindus can survive if, like Islamic terrorists, Hindu suicide squads are created to protect the Hindus and the nation". BJP is not exactly pleased and is talking of the law of the land. The Congress-led government in Maharashtra has made some mealy mouthed sounds about taking action, but, as expected, there is not even a whimper from its police. Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar has criticised the media for not strongly condemning a recent attack on Saamana's Pune office: "goons hired by Sena turncoat Narayan Rane, who is now revenue minister, had attacked the Saamana office, protesting against photographs of Rane as a sari-clad woman in Saamana...Maybe it was construed that the attack on Saamana office was out of love or a friendly fight".

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Apr 08, 2008
Tuesday April 8, 2008
Hogenakkal found its echoes in Mumbai. Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna came out with a front-page article saying that while Rajnikanth was born in Karnataka and educated in Maharashtra, he had attained stardom in Tamil Nadu: "He stayed true to his salt by expressing solidarity with Tamil Nadu. The entire country was watching his decision. He has overshadowed everyone including superstar Amitabh Bachchan by considering his karmabhoomi superior to his janmabhoomi." Considering that this came soon after the campaign launched by Raj Thackeray's MNS against Amitabh Bachchan, the latter felt the need to speak out in Marathi, saying: "I am not an outsider by any stretch of imagination. This land is my land as much as it is every other citizen of our beloved country. I came to Mumbai in 1968 to pursue a vocation. I did not need a visa to come here." Sena chief Bal Thackeray was quick to distance himself from the article, saying the views expressed in it were not his, and followed that with an editorial in which he said "Amitabh is not just star of one particular state, but the superstar of the whole country. Hence it is improper to drag him into needless controversy of regionalism." Ji Sarkar.

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Nov 03, 1996
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with his Cabinet ministers pays tribute to the late Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivtirth in Mumbai.

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