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Nov 18, 2012

Salute to Bala Saheb Thackery, the great hero of Maharastra

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Bala Saheb Thackery
By Jyoti Parida

On 17th November 2012 at 4.55 pm the announcement of the death of the great hero Bala Saheb Thackery brought Mumbaikers came to a halt. Mumbai the city that never sleeps has given a break to mourn for the king. All the shops, vehicles, malls, offices were closed after hearing the sad news. This is very sad news for all the Indians because we have lost a great cartoonist and politician.

He was born on January 23, 1926, and the second of four children of Kesav Sitaram Thackery, a writer. The 86 year old Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackery started his journey as a cartoonist at the English daily Free Press Journal in the late 1950s. His cartoons also published in the Japanese daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun and in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. In the 1960s he began to involve into politics and in 1966 he founded the Shiv Sena.

In the early 1990s he led a successful campaign to drop the name Bombay- a Portuguese derivation of “beautiful bay”- and replace it with Mumbai for the goddess Mumbadevi- the name by which the city is known in the Marathi language. He was said to be the Mascot and the God father of the Marathi pride and the Hindutva. With many ups and downs he still maintained to hold his fame. No matters either he is alive or dead the lesson he taught will be always remembered in the minds of everybody.

Today his body will be taken from his residence Matoshree at Bandra to Shivaji Park (where he gave his first speech on 1966). He will end his journey today there from where he first started. He gave more than what Maharashtra and also the Nation required. His last rituals will be at 6 pm and more than 20 lakh people are expected to come to pay their honour to the great hero of Maharashtra.


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