Bal Thackeray: An obituary

Thackeray was a man of many parts - a learned and deeply religious person, a firebrand leader, a forceful orator and above all, a man of the masses

The Shiv Sena supremo Bal alias Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray, an architect of Marathi Manoos movement which subsequently took a political shape and also an ardent advocate of Hindutva, died at 86 today. His death comes at a time when the embattled Marathi Manoos is divided between the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navniraman Sena, the party formed by Thackeray’s estranged nephew Raj Thackeray in 2006.  The death is also a body blow to Hindutva preachers who were eagerly looking at him ahead of 2014 elections. Thackeray, who was known as Hindu Hriday Samraat (Emperor or Hindu Hearts), was ...