Remembering Bal Thackeray: Who remade ‘Bombay’

Balasaheb Thackeray who remained a controversial, yet, much-revered figure throughout his life, shaped not only the political fortunes of the state of Maharashtra, but also New Delhi.

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One of the most divisive figures in Indian politics, Bal Keshav Thackeray – or better known as Balasaheb Thackeray – would have celebrated his 93rd birthday today if not for the fateful day of November 17, 2012, when his life was brought to an abrupt end because of cardiac arrest.

Thackeray who remained a controversial, yet, much-revered figure throughout his life, shaped not only the political fortunes of the state of Maharashtra, but also New Delhi, and all as he sat on his throne in 'Bombay' – a city that he re-made during the last decades of the 20th century. 

Here's looking back at his life through images from our archives. 

1-reuters-copy_012319040955.jpgBefore joining politics, Balasaheb was a cartoonist with the Free Press Journal. (Photo: Reuters)

2-copy_012319041107.jpgHis politics of Marathi identity still shapes the future of millions in Maharashtra. (Photo: India Today)

3-reuters-copy_012319041208.jpgBal Thackeray remained a controversial, yet, much-revered figure throughout his life. (Photo: Reuters)

4-copy_012319041333.jpgThe Shiv Sena supremo enjoyed a cult following during his days in power. (Photo: IndiaToday)

5-copy_012319041426.jpgThackeray was also the founder of the Marathi-language newspaper Saamana. (Photo: India Today)

6-copy_012319041513.jpgHis influence spread beyond just politics as he had admirers in Bollywood too. (Photo: India Today)

8-copy_012319041628.jpgBal Thackeray was a towering figure in Indian politics. (Photo: India Today)

thackeray-copy_012319045521.jpgthe Sena supremo had friends across all political parties. (Photo: Getty Image)

9-copy_012319041711.jpgUntil the end, Bal Thackeray remained the true 'king' of Mumbai. (Photo: India Today)

10-copy_012319041746.jpgHis legacy is now being carried forward by his son and grandson – Uddhav and Aditya Thackeray. (Photo: India Today)

Also read: Bal Thackeray’s life is worth a movie, but did Nawazuddin Siddiqui face ideological contradiction essaying the role?

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