In pics: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's political journey

India | | November 2, 2012, 2:55 pm
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He founded the Shiv Sena in 1966.

He founded the Shiv Sena in 1966.

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Thackeray's cartoons were full of wit and satire.

Thackeray's cartoons were full of wit and satire.

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A young Bal Thackeray engrossed in his work.

A young Bal Thackeray engrossed in his work.

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Over the last two years, his age was taking its toll on the Sena supremo.

Over the last two years, his age was taking its toll on the Sena supremo.

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His supporters loved him, many hated his ideas but no one can deny that he single-handedly turned the Sena into one of India's most powerful and feared regional forces.

His supporters loved him, many hated his ideas but no one can deny that he single-handedly turned the Sena into one of India's most powerful and feared regional forces.

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He turned Shiv Sena into a potent political force in Maharashtra.

He turned Shiv Sena into a potent political force in Maharashtra.

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He received a major jolt in 2006 when his nephew and one of his party's pillars, Raj, decided to part ways and float his own Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

He received a major jolt in 2006 when his nephew and one of his party's pillars, Raj, decided to part ways and float his own Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

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His political philosophy was largely shaped by his father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, a leading figure in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.

His political philosophy was largely shaped by his father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, a leading figure in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.

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Bal Thackeray was a controversial figure; he even voiced support for LTTE guerrillas in Sri Lanka.

Bal Thackeray was a controversial figure; he even voiced support for LTTE guerrillas in Sri Lanka.

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His charismatic personality captured the attention of a substantial section of Maharashtrians in and around Mumbai.

His charismatic personality captured the attention of a substantial section of Maharashtrians in and around Mumbai.

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After the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, he strongly spoke against even playing cricket with Pakistan and objected to Pakistani players being included in IPL teams.

After the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, he strongly spoke against even playing cricket with Pakistan and objected to Pakistani players being included in IPL teams.

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A powerful orator himself, he admired Hitler's public speaking abilities.

A powerful orator himself, he admired Hitler's public speaking abilities.