Hindu Hriday Samrat
Shivsena Chief
Shri. Balasaheb Thackeray

With a life that involved opposing injustice against the common people and standing strong as the voice for the oppressed, Prabodhankar Thackeray was blessed with his son, Bal Thackeray on 23rd January 1926 in Pune. Balasaheb Thackeray’s path was very clear since the beginning, as his childhood was majorly impacted by the independence struggle and the feeling of patriotism around him as well as his father’s involvement in the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement. He was meant to create the difference, and with it, enter politics.

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    In 1960, Balasaheb left his position as a cartoonist in the daily newspaper, Free Press Journal to start ‘Marmik’, the first Marathi political weekly with cartoons, which spoke at length about the problems faced by the common man and eventually became a powerful medium to reach out to the public. Through ‘Marmik’, Balasaheb impacted the minds of Maharashtrians and made every Maharashtrian take pride in their rich heritage. Looking at the strangulated circumstances of the common Marathi man, he took the decision to fight for their rights and after deep discussions with Prabodhankar and his colleagues, Balasaheb Thackeray established ‘Shivsena’ in Maharashtra on 19th June 1966, and was declared and recognized as Shivsena President throughout Maharashtra. His speeches were deemed as fearless while his words had the power to inspire and left an impact on people’s mind for very long.

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