He founded the Shiv Sena in 1966.
Thackeray's cartoons were full of wit and satire.
A young Bal Thackeray engrossed in his work.
Over the last two years, his age was taking its toll on the Sena supremo.
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.
He turned Shiv Sena into a potent political force in Maharashtra.
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.
His political philosophy was largely shaped by his father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, a leading figure in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.
Bal Thackeray was a controversial figure; he even voiced support for LTTE guerrillas in Sri Lanka.
His charismatic personality captured the attention of a substantial section of Maharashtrians in and around Mumbai.
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.
A powerful orator himself, he admired Hitler's public speaking abilities.