Bal Thackeray Birth Anniversary: Lesser Known Facts about the Leader


January 23rd is the birth anniversary of Bal Keshav Thackeray aka Balasaheb Thackeray, one of the most influential and powerful leaders that India has ever seen. Starting his career as a cartoonist in the Free Press Journal in Mumbai, Thackeray went on to become one of the most powerful personalities of Maharashtra when he founded Shiv Sena, a Hindu right-wing Marathi ethnocentric party.

On the occasion of the 92nd birth anniversary of the politician, here are some lesser-known facts about Bal Thackeray that you may find interesting:

• His father named him Bal Thakre, but he changed his name to Thackeray as he was a big fan of British author William Makepeace Thackeray.

• Bal Thackeray also worked with the famous artist RK Laxman. He began his career as a cartoonist for the Free Press Journal and his cartoons were also published in the Time of India Sunday Edition.

• The famous pop star Michael Jackson had also visited Thackeray and the politician gave him a silver Tabla and Taanpura as a gift.

Bal Thackeray with Michael Jackson

• He advocated a united Maharashtra and Maharashtrians. He even used his cartoons to campaign against the growing number of Non-Maharashtrians in Mumbai through his anti-migrant satirical weekly.

• He was banned from voting and contesting elections for 6 years by the Election Commission from 1999 to 2005.

• He had a good equation with Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna.

Bal Thackeray with Amitabh Bachchan

• The Sarkar series was purely based on Bal Thackeray’s life and now another film which is going to be a biopic on Bal Thackeray is expected to release by 2019 featuring actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role.

• He dominated Maharashtra politics for almost 4 decades and could pull huge crowds in rallies till his death.



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