Balasaheb or Bal Thackeray was a well-known politician from Maharashtra who formed a powerful Hindu nationalist party called Shiv Sena, which is being handled by Uddhav Thackeray. People are also fondly called Balasaheb Thackeray. Bal Thackeray was born on 23 January 1926 in a Marathi family living in Pune. The family was interested in social work and was a strong opponent of casteism. The family impact was seen in Bala Saheb. Bal Thackeray struggled a lot to establish Marathi unity and make Mumbai the capital of Maharashtra.
Bal Thackeray was married to Meena Thackeray. They both have three children. The current Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray is his youngest son. Bala Saheb Thackeray started his livelihood as a cartoonist in Mumbai’s famous newspaper Free Press Journal. Gradually, Bala Saheb turned towards politics. He started doing politics about Marathi and Hindutva. Balasaheb Thackeray brought out his own newspaper Marmik in 1960. Balasaheb Thackeray, who fought relentlessly for Maharashtra, founded the Shiv Sena in 1966, which is currently running the government in Maharashtra. Apart from politics, Balasaheb Thackeray had a lot of interest in films.
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray made three vows in his life. One pledge was that he would never write his autobiography. The second pledge was that he would never contest any kind of election and the third pledge was that he would never get any government position. Keeping his control out of the government was his identity. For the first time in the history of 53 years, a member of the Thackeray family has moved out of Matoshree to the sixth floor of the state secretariat and is trying to take it forward.
In the last phase of his life, he started struggling with health problems. He was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on 24 July 2012 due to difficulty in breathing. Since then, his life was progressing slowly on the basis of medicines and blessings. He finally breathed his last on 17 November 2012. Even though Balasaheb Thackeray is no longer among us, his pledges and his lifestyle will continue to teach us.