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Saturday, November 17, 2012 5:14:51 PM (IST)  

Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray No More

Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray No More


Thackeray's Final Journey


 

Thackeray's Final Journey: Lacs Turn up to Bid Adieu

Pics: NDTV
Update: 1.50 pm

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS): Lacs of people, including Shiv Sena supporters, thronged the funeral procession of party chief Bal Thackeray here Sunday.

According to Mumbai Police, lacs of people, including those gathered at the Shivaji Park where the body will be kept and later cremated, had come out to to pay their last respects to Thackeray, who died at 86 Saturday afternoon due to prolonged illness.

The Shiv Sainiks were pouring into Mumbai in their thousands from Maharashtra's Thane, Raigad, Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan regions -- the bastions of the right-wing party founded by Thackeray on June 19, 1966.

Police said around two lac people were travelling with the procession and many others were joining it from connecting roads with the sea of humanity stretching for several kilometres.

People were also trying to catch a glimpse of the leader's body from rooftops, hoardings, trees, water pipes and parapets.

As the procession reached a connecting road in Mahim, many Muslim women were seen silently weeping.

At the Mahim Church, many church-going people were waiting to join the final journey of the leader whose political career spanned five decades.

Wrapped in the tricolour, Thackeray's body was brought out of his house a little after 9 a.m.

His son Uddhav broke down before the procession started. A glass box carrying the Sena patriarch's body was then loaded onto a truck decked with flowers.

Uddhav, wife Rashmi and son Aditya were on the truck with Thackeray's nephew and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj, wife Sharmila and their children.

Raj later disembarked and walked behind the truck with the funeral procession, keeping a low profile and eyes firmly on the ground.

Thackeray's cortege will first go to Sena Bhavan, the party headquarters in Dadar, and the body would later be kept at Shivaji Park for people to pay their last respects.

However, the procession was moving extremely slowly with police trying to avoid a stampede.

Over 20,000 policemen, 15 companies of State Reserve Police Force and three contingents of Rapid Action Force had been deployed on the procession route, said a police officer.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh even cancelled his daughter's wedding reception Sunday.

After allowing thousands of Shiv Sainiks to pay their respects to Thackeray, the body will be taken to Shivaji Park and kept for a public 'darshan'.

All major roads and public places wore a deserted look, barring some security vehicles. Restaurants, shops and other establishments remained closed. Over a lac autorickshaws and around 60,000 black and yellow taxis were also off the roads.


Earlier Updates

Shiv Sena prepares for Thackeray's final journey  (09:30)

Pics by Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network


Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) A sea of grieving people converged since early Sunday in Bandra here as preparations were underway for the funeral of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who passed away Saturday afternoon.

The funeral cortege, which was expected to start from Matoshri, the residence of the Thackeray clan, was delayed in its journey to the party headquarters in Shivaji Park in Dadar, barely 7 kms towards the south.























The flower bedecked truck on which a glass box carrying Thackeray's body will wend its way from Bandra east to Dadar west via the Mahim Causeway - one of the connecting links between south Mumbai and suburbs over the Mahim Creek.

After allowing several thousands of Shiv Sainiks from all over the state to pay their last respects, the body will be taken to Shivaji Park and kept for a public 'darshan' for over 200,000 people who are expected to turn up.

Mumbai police have made elaborate security arrangements by deploying 20,000 policemen, 15 companies of State Reserve Police and three companies of Rapid Action Force to deal with any situation.

Mumbai, which resembled a ghost city since Saturday evening, has remained calm and peaceful as news of Thackeray's death began to sink in.

All major roads and public places were deserted barring the odd security vehicles, some Shiv Sena activists moving around or a few delayed office-goers scampering home.

Top VVIPs from all over India are expected to arrive for Thackeray's funeral, slated at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at Shivaji Park.

 

Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray No More
Pics: Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai

Mumbai, Nov 17 (IANS): Shiv Sena chief Bal Keshav Thackeray, the militant flagbearer of Hindu nationalism and regional chauvinism who did not hesitate to resort to mob tactics to have his will enforced, died here Saturday at 3.30 p.m. He was 86.

His doctor, Jaleel Parker, made the announcement at 4.55 p.m. outside Matoshree, his residence, that was as much the city's landmark as a place of pilgrimage for millions of supporters throughout the state.

Thousands of them had been standing in vigil outside his home in upscale Bandra East area of Mumbai for the last 72 hours as the news got out about Thackeray's failing health.

He is survived by his sons, political heir and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and filmmaker Jaidev. A widower, Thackeray's wife Meena and his eldest son Bindhumadhav passed away in 1996.

His nephew, Raj Thackeray, once considered his political heir, broke away to form his own regional party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which often competed with Shiv Sena in espousing extreme rightwing views that championed local Marathi pride and exclusivism at the expense of other communities that resided in India's richest and most industrialised state.

The former cartoonist, who in the later years sported a stylish beard and wore twin bead necklaces in the manner of Hindu gurus, Thackeray ran his political party Shiv Sena (the army of Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu Trinity), like a local militia. He leaves behind a legacy of anti-minority poison that has been scourge of Mumbai, the country's financial and entertainment capital.

Active till the end, Thackeray, who never hesitated to practice his particular brand of street politics, had just days ago on Nov 5 asked party activists "not to permit" the forthcoming cricket matches between India and Pakistan.

In a front-page appeal in the party mouthpiece Saamna, he had lashed out at Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his statement "to forget the past" and play cricket with Pakistan.

Thackeray was ailing for about two years and was under regular medical treatment at home. In the last week, his health deteriorated sharply.

According to party leaders, a virtual ICU had been recreated at Matoshri with all emergency equipment and medical and para-medical staff on duty round-the-clock.

His son Uddhav Thackeray was fielding scores of visitors, politicians and showbiz celebrities as this city remained on the edge for the last few days with heavy police deployment outside his residence and in trouble spots around the city.

Glamour world personalities like Amitabh Bachchan with his son Abhishek, Rishi Kapoor and brother Randhir, Salim Khan and son Salman Khan, Manoj Kumar, Madhur Bhandarkar and Bappi Lahiri visited Matoshri to enquire after Thackeray's health during the week.


Daijiworld Mumbai bureau chief Rons Bantwal with Bal Thackeray (file photos)

 

Obituary: Bal Thackeray - The Tiger Roars No More

By Quaid Najmi

You loved him, you hated him, but you never could ignore him. That was Bal Keshav Thackeray, a fierce proponent of Hindu supremacism in a secular India who built his chauvinistic politics around the emotive cause of regional pride of 112 million people of Maharashtra, the country's most industrialised state and home to its world renowned film and entertainment industry. He was 86.

Views on Bal Thackeray, known as Balasaheb, were as polarised as the politics he practiced. Known for his caustic tongue, he was idolised by his followers in the Shiv Sena and scorned in equal measure by liberal and secular Indians for his communal, divisive politics that didn't stop with radical expression of views against Muslims and violent action against those opposed to his extreme righwing ideas - including being firmly opposed to the visit of the Pakistani cricket team to India.

The cartoonist turned politician was often portrayed as a roaring tiger, the much cherished logo of his party Shiv Sena, which he formed to accord dignity to Maharashtrians but which became known as a party of restless youngsters out for trouble. He was a demogogue whose strong views polarised the polity at the state and the national level, but he never flinched from expressing himself with conviction despite opposition.

The posterboy of rightwing Hindu and Marathi chauvinism, he never plunged into electoral politics and never contested any polls. He never made it to the national stage either but remained an active, acidic voice, commenting on any and every issue through the party mouthpiece Saamna.

The party is virtually orphaned but the canny Thackeray had anointed son Uddhav as the next boss well in advance. In 2011, he even placed grandson Aditya as the next in line for the family legacy.

Born on Jan 23, 1926, in Pune, in then Bombay Presidency, Thackeray started his career as a political cartoonist with The Free Press Journal (FPJ) group in the early 1950s, a contemporary of the legendary R.K. Laxman, who too was with the FPJ at the time.

He used his cartoons to promote the Samyukta Maharashtra (United Maharashtra) movement, launched in the mid-1950s to crusade for the formation of Maharashtra. His father Prabodhankar Keshav Sitaram Thackeray was one of the five leaders who spearheaded the movement.

In 1960, he quit his FPJ job and began taking interest in politics. As a tool to cash in on the strong anti-migrant sentiments among the locals, he launched a Marathi humour weekly Marmik in August 1960, ironically released by then Congress chief minister Y.B. Chavan.

Two months later, in October of 1960, he addressed the first Dussehra Rally at Mumbai's Shivaji Park, a ritual that continued virtually uninterrupted for 46 years.

Shaping his political agenda through Marmik, Thackeray initially targeted the communists and their influential trade unions, followed by south Indians who he said got preferential treatment over locals in jobs in Mumbai and other big cities.

Guided by his father, Thackeray finally plunged into politics by launching the Shiv Sena on June 19, 1966.

As the Sainiks vigorously espoused the cause of Marathi Asmita (pride) and targeted south Indian migrants - Thackeray sarcastically called them "Yandu-Gundu lungiwallahs" - the party's support swelled amongst the poor, lower middle class and middle class Marathis.

Spurred by this, Thackeray harped on emotive issues like "Mumbai for Marathis" and "jobs for sons of soil" through the dreaded Sthanik Lokadhikar Samitis - but nobody knows how many jobs it finally translated into.

The situation was volatile. There were regular riots that led to Thackeray's arrest in February 1969 - the one and only time he ever saw the inside of a jail.

Political power came when Sena candidates won in the 1967 Thane and 1968 Bombay municipal elections - the latter being the state's cash cow and the country's financial power house.

In 1973, it controlled the BMC in alliance with other parties, including the Muslim League (!), and also bagged the mayor's post. It captured the BMC in 1985 - and continues to rule it till date.

After south Indians, the volatile Sena took up movements against Gujaratis, north Indians and Muslims.

Its anti-Muslim agitation, a perpetual one on one of its burners - either the front or the back - was among its shrillest. Thackeray's famous comment to Time magazine after the demolition of the Babri Masjid was a vituperative "Kick'em out!"

The anti-Muslim stance fuelled by the demolition led to Mumbai's worst-ever riots in December 1992-January 1993. It continued for another two months in some small pockets, followed by the retaliatory March 12, 1993, serial bomb blasts in the city.

These incidents were largely responsible for catapulting the Shiv Sena to power in Maharashtra in the 1995 assembly elections.

Thackeray, who came to be known as Sena Tiger, could have been chief minister. But he chose to be kingmaker instead, appointing schoolmaster Manohar Joshi as the state's first Brahmin chief minister.

In 1989, Thackeray and the late Pramod Mahajan of the BJP designed the winning saffron combination. For nearly a quarter century, despite hiccups, the saffron alliance has survived, rare in India's quicksand politics.

Surprisingly, all this he achieved practically sitting at his Bandra home. During his entire political career spanning over five decades, Thackeray travelled out of Maharashtra only twice -- to Lucknow to attend cases related to the Babri Mosque demolition.

Thackeray never travelled abroad either, though old timers hazily recall that he had made one or two brief foreign trips in the pre-1966 era. But, the shaper of Maharashtra politics hosted and received dignitaries and people from all over the world at Matoshri.

In Thackeray's later years, the acidic language was reserved mostly for the edit pages of Saamna, which, despite its near-character assassination of most leaders, escaped any major defamation proceedings.

During his political years, Thackeray was let down by some of his closest aides -- those like Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Sanjay Nirupam. But the worst blow was dealt to him by his nephew Raj Thackeray in 2005, who formed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in 2006.

He attempted a reconciliation between his feuding son and nephew - but it didn't happen in his lifetime. Just like he couldn't fulfil his dream of a saffron state and dying under the flutter of a saffron flag.



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Comments on this article
KIRAN, HUBLI
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TRUE LEADER GREAT WEL FARE,REAL INDIAN LEADER,RIP

Mohandas Kapikad, Mangaluru
Monday, November 19, 2012

Indeed we lost a Great leader/Patriot...... Also appreciate his follwers peacefull step at the time of his death. R.I.P...

KISHAN, MANGALORE
Monday, November 19, 2012

NICECOMMENTS BY KANNADIGA WHAT ACHIVEMENTS DONE BY BAL THACKERAY ZERO ONLY

kannadiga/riyadh, euromarche/riyadh
Sunday, November 18, 2012

DEAR ALL,
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS HIS CONTRIBUTION FOR MUMBAI AS WELL AS FOR INDIA.HE WAS PAPER TIGER.HE DID NOTHING FOR MARATI'S OR ANY BODY.ONLY HE TRIED TO MAKE THE GAP BETWEEN MARATI & OTHERS.SOME OF OUR POLITICIANS FOR NAME & FAME BEHIND HIM.I DONT UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE COMmENTS SEEMS LIKE HE IS OUR NATIONS BIG HERO.

PLEASE WAKE UP

Thomas D' Almeida, Udyavara/Orlem, Malad West
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May His Soul Rest in Peace. As per my personal experience Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray Saheb is very Good Man.people might say he is good as well as He is not good.not in Our Country, or in Our State or in the World is there any Person perfect,No.Including me no one is Perfect, every person does mistakes,wrong, & Sin, but as per my relegious expereince there are only Three Persons were Perfect and They were Sinless. They are 1) Jesus Christ 2) Mother Mary 3) John The Baptist.

JOHN VEIGAS, JARIMARI, MUMBAI
Sunday, November 18, 2012

HE WAS A TIGER. HE STOOD BY HIS WORDS. THERE WERE MORE ENEMIES THAN FRIENDS. EVEN THE ENEMIES RESPECTED HIM. HE SAID THERE ARE ONLY TWO CASTES IN THIS WORLD. THE RICH AND THE POOR. TRY TO MAKE POOR RICH AND NOT THE RICH AND NOT THE RICH POOR.
VAGUE IDEOLOGIES AND SHARP TALENTS, BALASAHEB IS A TRUE INDIAN AND SECULAR IN HIS OWN WAYS. BIG SALUTE JAI MARATHA/MAHARASHTRA

santhosh , central africa, cameroun , mangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tiger of Mumbai Died...May his soul rest in peace..

KRPrabhu, Kudla/Bangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Its an end of an era.Bala Saheb Thackray is great patriot who never compromised with his ideals at any point of time.He roared like a tiger whenever he disowned policies against his thoughts and never cared for anybody.His words were very candid and was above caste equations those followed by all politicians of today.His views on Pakistan on singing playing etc.,though look provocative were admired by many.
The turnout of Mumbikra for his last journey today is a great tribute unseen for any political leaders yet.It is hoped that the legacy of Bala Saheb Thakckray will be carried on with same siprit for safe amch Mumbai and amchi Bharath.
Long live Bala Saheb and his ideals.May his soul rest in eternal peace.

khursheed, abu dhabi/karkala
Sunday, November 18, 2012

No doubt he was a charismaic leader. India lost a big DON.

Keshav sadhu Poojari , DXB..................
Sunday, November 18, 2012

It was said that the day Balasaheb will be arrested, mumbai will be stopped! but never, police dared to test it! and now u see, finally, Balasaheb is arrested(gheroued) by police and mumbai is really stopped! Balasaheb, a grand salute to u Boss, u lived the life like a Tiger and seeing off like a great martyr!what a man u were!now onwards, who will speak like u, will be remembered as "Look, he is speaking like Balasaheb"! u become a legend! u become immortal!
Jai Hind, Jai Shivaji, Jai Balasaheb Thackeray!

Rakesh shetty, mangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

MAY HIS SOUL R.I.P.

INDIA LOST TRUE BIG LEADER 

BIG LOSS TO INDIA. INDIA NEED MORE PERSONS LIKE HIM.

Sundeep Rao, Mumbai/Sharjah
Sunday, November 18, 2012

We are deeply saddened on the sudden passing of our beloved Balasaheb Thackeray. I know this is a difficult time for Thackeray family & Mumbaikar’s.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Thackeray family and all Mumbaikars. We have lost a great leader & fighter. We wish & pray that Udhavji continues to lead in his father’s legacy and find the strength and courage to get through the days ahead.

Our thoughts and prayers is with Thackeray family and all Mumbaikars.

Ramesh S. Poojari, Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

I believe this is well deserved. i am not a Shivsainik but as a Maharastrian (may not be a Marathi because we are from Karnataka - Udupi who arrived to Maharashtra - mumbai after govt land reforms back home hence now our birth place is Maharashtra) i truly believes that he was the greatest leader of Maharashtra after Shivaji Maharaj. His place in Mumbai is what queen Elizabeth is to UK.

He was Raja / King / Emperor of Mumbai. A greatest gift that a King can give to his people is belief and sense of pride. Balasaheb gave that belief and sense of pride to all the Maharashtrians. He had his limitations and share of opposition but no one is perfect and no one ever will be. No matter what limitations the King or Father has, but he always has the special place in the heart of his people/clan.

Just want to say 'Thank You' to Balasaheb for everything. Maharashtra will always be indebted to you.

Jai Hind ! Jai Maharashtra !

G R PRABHU, BEJAI ,MANGALORE
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great Leader, Philosopher & MumbaiWalonka Jhan,Respectful Homage. .

Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar
Sunday, November 18, 2012

GOODBYE TO MUMBAI LION, PRAY FOR HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

vicky , mangalore/dubai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Akka mumbai ka TIGER no more...

Ahmed, Mangalore / Doha
Sunday, November 18, 2012

"As the procession reached a connecting road in Mahim, many Muslim women were seen silently weeping" - I'am sure these ladies remembered their near n dear ones who were killed by Shivsena goons

Peter Pereira, Pune
Sunday, November 18, 2012

The beginning of a dawn of new era of peace in Maharashtra. May God forgive his sins & rest his soul in peace.

Karunakar Bangera , Mumbai - Dubai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

He was one of the most righteous and charismatic leader who dared to talk on every subject including Pseudo Secularism. Truely patriot and nationalist. May his soul rest in peace.

SUJITH MANGALORE, MANGALORE
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May his soul rest in peace a great hindu leader no more ,tigers all ways have unity among themsrles that is the reason.thackery use tiger face has a symbol of his shieva shena....

Alban D' Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha Qatar
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May His Soul rest in peace. A great brave and courageous political leader Tiger of Mumbai is no more.Thousands of people used gather to hear his speech.

Karan rathore, Rajasthan
Sunday, November 18, 2012

The ROARING LION , Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Bala Saheb were close friend and are real LION.

Suresh Poojari, Manglore / Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May his soul rest in peace. He was a great Leader of Maharashtra and MUMBAI.

Uday Shetty, Shirva/Doha - Qatar
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May his soul rest in peace.

Indigo, Mangalore/Dubai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Now it's going to be new ERA of peace for Maharashtra. RIP.

Mohan Pujary, Sharajah / Manglore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

R.I.P May his soul rest in peace.

Dr S Kamath, Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bala Saheb is a Phenomenon who will continue to cherish millions of his fans .A great loss to Mumbai Rest in peace Bala Saheb

santosh shetty, mangalore/mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

HATS OFF TO ALL MUMBAIKARS.... VERY WELL ORAGNISED AND DISCIPLINED
CROWD.BEFIITING FOR A TALL LEADER

santosh shetty, mangalore/mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

VERY MUCH TRUE!!!

jeevan, mangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

The only man who defended Hindus when in need! we salute your courage. The dignity of the Hindus in Mumbai and India is intact because of you. we will miss you. Jai Hind

Ahmed, Mangalore / Doha
Sunday, November 18, 2012

He only spat venom against muslims and north Indians. He could not give jobs or encourage them to work outside bombay to the marathi manoos who are lazy.

Mallikarjuna , Belgaum
Sunday, November 18, 2012

25 years ago the Maharashtra Units of RSS refused to celebrate the Maharashtra Day on 1st May, and also they were using only Hindi language in all their Baithaks instead of Marathi by stating that it is against the RSS Principle of NATIONALISM to use Marathi and celebrate Maharashtra day.

But, just one roar from Bal Thackrey was sufficient to make RSS fall in line and make them Celebrate Maharashtra Day with vigour on 1st May every year and also use only Marathi language in all the Baithaks of
RSS even in their Nagpur Head quarters.

But in Karnataka as there are no likes of Bal Thackrey, the Karnataka Unit of RSS never celebrates Kannada Rajyothsava on November 1st, and also they use only Hindi language in all their Baithaks in Karnataka and grossly neglect Kannada.

sakeer, Dammam
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Once the person passed away all his bad deeds forgotton. No one comments his hatred & communal divided politics. Anyway he hated Muslims community but at the end he was treated by Muslims Doctors.

Ravi Bhaskar Shenava, MANGALORE
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Even though Balasaheb Thackrey was a Hindu Fanatic, ironically he was being treated since last three years by a Muslim Doctor namely Dr. Jaleel Parkar. Of course he was a pure Marathi Muslim like Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. (Just like in Karnataka only coastal area Muslims speak Konkani, Byari, Kodava languages and Bijapuri Muslims speak Kannada as mother tongue and rest of Karnataka Muslims speak Urdu, even in Maharashtra only Coastal district Muslims speak Marathi or MALWANI sub-language as mother tongue and rest of the Muslims from Vidharbha, & Marathawada speak Urdu). Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra - Abdul Rehman Antuley (A R Antule) whose mother tongue was also Marathi, became staunch marathi Fanatic during his C M tenure only due to influence of Bal Thackrey. Anti-national Dawood Ibrahim (Kaskar) was also proudly calling himself as Marati-Muslim due to influence of Thackrey.

Ironically even though Bal thackerey claimed to be very Proud of Indian Culture still he Changed his Surname from TAKRE to 'Thackrey', because his role-model in Cartooning was the famous Anglo-Indian Cartoonist from Calcutta by name "William Mackpiece Thackrey". Thus a British Surname to a Hindu Fanatic !

mahendra shetty, mumbai,Mangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

THE TIGER IS NO MORE.....MUMBAI LOST ITS BOSS! THERE WAS NO POLITICS ON HIS WORDS.....STRAIGHT FORWARD PERSON WHOM WE CAN NOT FIND NOW A DAYS POLITICS.....SALUTE YOU THE REAL TIGER...

Vidyanand Pujary, Manglore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Surely the Great Respect he Enjoyed I believe he be the Last in such Legacy who would receive Ocean full of Crowd for the Last Journey shows the respect and Love people carried for him even if not they agree his policy but they had love for him .... Very Rarely you have people of such calibre in this world .... A salute to the leader sorry one of the Last I believe in my Life time ..... RIP

R.N. Pujari, Mangalore - Dubai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

RIP Bala Saheb..

Anand, Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Real Leader, evern though he has not supported out of Mumbai people he fought for his 'Marati Manus'
but Finally he has cornered by his Family Rival Parties.
He is great Roaring Lion and because of him Hindusm in Mumbai remained.

S.K.THONSE, BADANIDIYOUR
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May his soul rest in peace. He was a great Leader of Maharashtra and MUMBAI

Rahul Poojary, Dadar(HINDU COLONY) - DXB
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great Leader THE TIGER from mumbai - Maharashtra right said you can love him or hate him , but cannot ignore him in Mumbai that was the spirit in him and fear for OPP parties in Maharashtra without any political family background he rouse to this level really should be appreciated but sad news but this is truth we all like guest in this planet one day we need to leave !!!May his soul rest in peace!!! jai hind jai Maharashtra.........BALA SAHEB.

rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

End of an era...I am one of his biggest fans though I did not endorse all his views. May his soul rest in peace.

John DSilva, Karkala/Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May his soul rest in peace.

Prasheesh Kumar. S., Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

May his soul RIP. Even though Thackrey did not belong to Maratha Caste still he was called MARATHA Leader. He belonged to Kayastha (CKP) caste. Even though he professed that all Marathi people are one, still he had animosity towards Marathi-Chitpavan-Brahmins because the Gandhiji killers - Nathuram Ghodse and Hari Apte both belonged to Chipavan Brahmin Caste. Besides, the PESHWA Rulers who usurped Maratha Kingdom from the Grandson of Shivaji, were also Chitpavan Brahmins like Baaji Rao Peshwe & Maadhav Peshve. He was a staunch supporter of Non-vegitarianism (Mangalorean Chicken-sukka and Karwari Fish-curry were his favourites). After Marathi-Chauvinism started losing ground in Mumbai, he turned towards Hindu-Chauvinism to regain lost ground and also to spread his influence beyond the borders of Maharashtra. He was the first to denounce openly the "Trans-national-Loyalty". Mangalorean George Fernandes was the main person who helped Thackrey to set up his first Weekly in 1960s. After 1970 Riots against Udupi Hoteliers, Mangalorean Shettys were contributing 80% of the donations to Shiva Sena coffers. Hence the financial base of Shiv Sena is built on the money of Mangalorean Hoteliers.
The respect which the Bollywood people are showing to Thackrey is just a hypocrisy. Bollywood people respect only money and nothing else.

Sarvotham Shetty, Pareeka - Abu Dhabi
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Eventhough he was against the South Indians earlier stage, later stage he was very much with the South Indians. I can say many Shetty's have become Shakha Pramukhs in many of the areas. Just because of him today Mumbai remained as Mumbai only. He was a great speaker and I used to attend his gatherings in Shivaji Park just to hear his humerous speaches. We have lost a great & courrages leader. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Dolphy, Mira Road / Kuwait
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Whatever he was, he was no fake. He was an original. A straight-talker. He did not believe in political correctness. He spoke what he believed. He was loved as much as he was hated. And he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. RIP BALA SAHEB

jeevan, mangalore
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great loss to nation and we missed the brave son of bharath mata.. May his soul rest in peace..

SAHIL, DUBAI
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bal Bahab Special things was Once he release the any statement,he never moved back forward.just one way action whether which will success or not success he never bothered,how many of the politician done this over night even some of them changed the party also.
One of the statement that he have been given just i remeber, when india lost match against pakistan celebrated public he had called real "ugrawadi "
May his soul rest in piece

Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh
Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Great Tiger of Maharastra became silent forever.A Great leader of Maharastra who fought his principles of his own way.A founder of Shiv Sena,A Right wing Hindu Party ,A great Marathi Manus and the editor of Saamana is no more.A sad news indeed 'May his soul rest in peace'

Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

A fall of a “Tiger” but left many cubs shattered thru ought Maharashtra with no known political leaders who can lead the fire band Shiv Sena in future. He was the only one such Political Leader in India never touched by any Law Authority of Central or State Government but lost his charm of dynasty because of his own family feud like it happend in Shivaji Kingdom too in the past

Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great leader of mass appealing power. He had the study of community wise peoples nature, activities, crime graph and was quite accurate in it.
Quite civilized in handling civilized people and was very straight forward and determined! He changed the direction and thinking pattern in Maharashtra. May his soul Rest in peace !

Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA
Sunday, November 18, 2012

MAY THE SOUL OF BAL THACKERAY REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. I hope peace will come back to Amchi Mumbai.

Ramesh Babu, Dubai
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Maharashtra became "Anaath".!!! Very sad news. Nation lost a dynamic leader.May his soul rest in piece. The Tiger will always be remembered for his bravey and staright talks. Long live his thoughts.True Indian..who loved his country till his last breath..Ji Ho India..Jai ho Maharastra..

Rajesh Gonsalves, Mangalore / Cairo
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Best and True Comment from geoffrey, hat hill. Your views are truly on top of the hill.

SHASHI, CANADA
Sunday, November 18, 2012

A outspoken activist, who never shy away on viewing his comments in public.....Lost a true nationalist.may his soul rest in peace....never changed his stand and stood by his views..

brayan dmello, brayan
Sunday, November 18, 2012

MY his soul rest in piece

Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi
Sunday, November 18, 2012

HE WAS A TIGER. HE STOOD BY HIS WORDS. THERE WERE MORE ENEMIES THAN FRIENDS. BUT EVEN THE ENEMIES RESPECTED HIM. HE SAID
'THERE ARE ONLY TWO CASTES IN THIS WORLD. THE RICH AND THE POOR. TRY TO MAKE POOR RICH AND NOT THE RICH POOR.'
VAGUE IDEOLOGIES AND SHARP TALENTS, BALASAHEB IS A TRUE INDIAN AND SECULAR IN HIS OWN WAYS.

asha dsouza , israel
Sunday, November 18, 2012

may his soul rest in peace

vnayak, mangalore/switzerland
Saturday, November 17, 2012

May he rest in peace. He was a nationalist and a staunch provincialist was never really a fundamentalist like aome BJP. Though he was a hardcore Marathi he was born in Karnataka, in Karwar.

Rohith shetty, hebri/London
Saturday, November 17, 2012

RIP Bala Saheb.. a sole leader for all Shiv Sainik's..Let's keep aside his views on Bihari's, lets forget his views on Muslims (He also had strong views against Gujarathi, Madrasis & all non-Marathi Indians. In fact Mangloreans were victims of Shiv send extemist & reginalsm), he was always a true leader n lived like lion...

indian, mumbai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

While whole india was silent about pakistani's entering india in the name of job,film,singing,reality programmes,only one person objected it being the voice of many,like me.He was not anti-muslim but dint want pakistani nationals here in our land.Even after Kargil n 26/11,we have not learnt.We will feel the absence of a leader.

geoffrey, hat hill
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Most of the comments remind me of a popular saying in Konkani/Tulu that roughly translates something like ‘Dead buffalo always yields more milk’. This very person who’s last wish was to disallow cricket between India and Pakistan was ironically a friend of Pakistani ex-skipper Javed Miandad who’s son is married to Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter. This is revealed by none other than Miandad himself (read ‘Concern for Thakeray in Pakistan, Nepal’ in daiji).

SUJIR PRAVEEN, MANGALORE/UDUPI
Saturday, November 17, 2012

ಬಾಲಸಾಹೇಬ್ ಠಾಕ್ರೆರವರಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಗೌರವಪೂರ್ವಕ ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾಂಜಲಿ

HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain
Saturday, November 17, 2012

RIP Thackeray. He was the only politician in India who had the guts to speak out against the caste based reservation system.

Prakash, Mangalore/Mumbai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

I lament when I go thru the comments given by so many, praising Thackeray. Either they were not born when South Indians were attacked by Shiv Sena in the late 60's at the behest of Thackeray or they are ignorant of history. But I, for one, will never forget the late 60's. Uthao lungi aur bajao pungi” was Bal Thackeray’s slogan attacking South Indians working in Mumbai (then Bombay). He called us by derogatory names like Yanda Gundu and Lungiwaale. Under his leadership, attacks on Udupi restaurants and theatres screening South Indian films became regular.
The ‘anti-South Indian’ anger was whipped up by Thackeray in the 60's. (Later on it became anti-Bihari/UP. He was a true Marathi no doubt, a fanatic, you can say. But definitely not a true Indian. Or else how could he hate or kill a fellow migrant Indian? The tiger of the Jungle Raj is now dead. He requires our prayer more now than when he was alive.

subash Pai, Mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great Hero, Disputed Indian, Overall great leader stood for his cause. May his soul rest in peace.

Gananath B Shetty, Nandikur/ Mumbai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

A straight forward person & the only political leader who dared to speak the truth. My salute to this great leader
May his soul rest in peace

irenedsouza, mumbai oman
Saturday, November 17, 2012

May his soul rest in peace.

Sudharsan Shetty, Mangalore/Bangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

George A. Borromeo, Angelore, Mangalore, India he was not against all the mangaloreans. Are the people of Mangalore not living peacefully in Mumbai. I have an question to you how much do you give to non mangaloreans staying in Mangalore. Best examples is in the mangalore city bus. We can see the bus conductors insulting the workers of north karnataka people for no reason in the bus and the other mangaloreans enjoying that fun, but when we go to other places we expect the people of that place to respect us. Anyways this is not the time to politize each and everything. Lets forget everything and pray for the soul of this tiger because nothing is greater than death in the world.

Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Maharastrians lost their dynamic leader. May his soul rest in piece.

Samuel, Bombay
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Good Riddens! Peace to Bombay!

samiksha shetty, mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

aamcha mumbaicha garv tu sarv tu may his soul rest in peace..

Shailesh, Bajpe
Saturday, November 17, 2012

May his soul rest in peace.He was a great and dynamic leader.

Dev Sagar, Mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

GREAT LOSS ONLY TO SHIV SENA AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY. HE WAS VIOLENT, COMMUNAL, UNDEMOCRATIC, NON SECULAR AND UNFIT FOR A COUNTRY LIKE INDIA. HE SPREAD HATRED AMONG PEOPLE IN BOMBAY AS WELL AS WHOLE OF INDIA. HE DEVIDED PEOPLE ON THE BASIS OF LANGUAGE, REGION AND RELIGION. HOPE AND PRAY NO ONE WALKS IN HIS FOOT STEPS OR COPIES HIS LEGACY.

santosh shetty, mangalore/mumbai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

May is soul rest in peace...
Mumbai closed after 5PM. only medical shops open.full city is mourning.

fayaz ahmed, dubai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

now we can make a film EK THA TIGER.He was a real tiger of maharastra.May his soul rest in peace.

cynthia D'souza Kuwait,
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Big Loss to Mumbai, May his soul rest in Peace.

Dr Shankar Narayan, Mangalore/Abu dhabi
Saturday, November 17, 2012


R I P

May God bless His Soul

LUCY P PEREIRA, MANGALORE/MUMBAI/STATE OF KUWAIT
Saturday, November 17, 2012

VERY SAD NEWS.MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE .

Deepak.kotian, Hejamady.(Abudhabi)
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Need to add his life long story in social studies subject.May his s oul rest in piece

Manohar Dsouza, Kudla/Bahrain
Saturday, November 17, 2012

True Marathi who only loved Marathis/Maharastra.

Ravi Hemmadyb, Barkur, Muscaty
Saturday, November 17, 2012

IT'S AN END OF ERA,Shiv sena and Maharashtra lost thier Great leader ever born.But we south Indians will never forget his role in 1965 to 1970s.

SURESH MAROLI, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN
Saturday, November 17, 2012

A REAL TIGER, PATRIOTRIC, MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

John Tauro, M'lore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

He was a father figure to the Marathi populace, who bravely fought for them while they were being cornered and unduly dominated by the outsiders.

Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumabi
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mr. Bal Thackeray was the first to introduce politics of hate in India.
BJP, RSS, VHP, BD, RS, HIV should be grateful to this great MARATHA.
May his soul RIP.........

George A. Borromeo, Angelore, Mangalore, India
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Most of the commentators doesn't know or remember how this Great maratha Leader, Targeted Mangalorean Hoteliers (Udupi Restaurants) and business People, with his Shiva Sainiks. However he shall rest in peace.

Tomas Richard, Udupi
Saturday, November 17, 2012

True Indian..who loved his country till his last breath..

ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA
Saturday, November 17, 2012

An controversial Maratha Leader,cartoonist/media man and fought for interest of son of soil on the one side,made polarization based on the NELA/LANGUAGE and Community on other,through out his life and political career,who was denied voting right by SC quietly resting in peace permanently.RIP.

shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi
Saturday, November 17, 2012

A good leader to be forgotten soon. He has equal number of admirers and critics. History repeats itself.

Dev, Mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mumbai will Rest in Peace!
He left behind a legacy BJP picked & practicing in Karnataka!
May God Grant Great Visionaries to Maharashtra in Future.

shalini salian, mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great Maratha leader and a household name in bombay. His one roar was enough to set the party into action. he will long be remembered. no party can boast of having had such a party leader. may his soul rest in peace.

bekal s raj, dubai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Very sad news.May his soul rest in peace.A great leader of india

Sahan, Bajpe/DXB
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Relief for North Indians.

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Saturday, November 17, 2012

BAL THACKERAY ..TIGER TILL THE END..

Shravan Alva, Mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

May his soul rest in piece...Great Leader.....

faizal faiji, Katipalla
Saturday, November 17, 2012


" Some songs can make you cry
When you hear them. But Actually it isn't the songs, It's the people behind the memories "

may his soul rest in peace

ONE MORE MEMORY.......

KEEP SMILING

@ 5G @

john, Kundapur
Saturday, November 17, 2012

No hatred comments, may his soul R.I.P

John D, Marol, Mumbai
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Very sad news..Maharashtra has lost its REAL TIGER..RIP Bala saheb.jai shiv sena.

naveen m saldanha, mangalore /doha qatar
Saturday, November 17, 2012

very sad news. may his soul rest in peace

Louis, Kuwait
Saturday, November 17, 2012

RIP. True Indian is no more.

SRINIVAS T.S, SURATHKAL / BAHRAIN
Saturday, November 17, 2012

jai shiv sena... may his soul rest in piece. deep condolence for his followers and supporters.

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