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Bal Thackeray: Hindutva Fascist Dead at 86

Thackeray was as bad as they come. His followers in the USA are aligned with Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer which should tell you about the kind of ideological perspective they come from.

Bal Thackeray Dead: Indian Hindu Hardliner Dies At 86 Of Cardio-Respiratory Arrest


MUMBAI, India — Bal Thackeray, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India, died Saturday after an illness of several weeks. He was 86.

Jalil Parkar, a doctor who treated him, said the politician had gone into cardio-respiratory arrest “which we tried to revive (him from), but we were unable to revive.”

Thackeray, a one-time cartoonist, formed the Shiv Sena – which means Shiva’s Army – in 1966 in Maharashtra. The political party’s main aim has been to keep people who are not from Maharashtra out of the state and stem the spread of Islam and western values.

Thackeray’s Sena is among the most xenophobic of India’s Hindu right-wing political parties and held power in Mumbai from 1995 to 2000. His supporters often called him Hindu Hriday Samrat or emperor of Hindu hearts.

As news of his death was announced outside his residence in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, many of his supporters sobbed and burst into tears.

Thousands of his followers from across his power base in the western state of Maharashtra began gathering outside his home in the state capital as the news of his ill health spread earlier this week. Mumbai police were on high alert because of the violent history of the group.

In 1992, members of Hindu right-wing groups, including the Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, were instrumental in destroying a 16th century mosque in north India that they said was the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama, and Thackeray was blamed for the violence and rioting that followed. In Mumbai alone, nearly 1,000 people were killed.

Sanjay Raut, a spokesman for Thackeray’s party, appealed to his supporters to maintain peace.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Thackeray’s son Udhav and offered his condolences. He appealed for “calm and sobriety during this period of loss and mourning.”

Lal Krishna Advani, a top leader of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, said Thackeray was uncompromising in his patriotism. “He possessed remarkable qualities of leadership.”

Throughout his political career Thackeray was a powerful, rabble-rousing orator who routinely sanctioned the use of violence to propagate his political views. He was arrested at least twice for his for inflammatory speeches and writing.

His extreme regional and religious parochialism led him to advocate Hindu suicide bombers and planting bombs in Muslim neighborhoods to “protect the nation and all Hindus.”

His followers often attacked and rampaged through the offices of media houses that he claimed were anti-Maharashtrian and anti-Hindu and threatened to dig up cricket pitches ahead of matches between largely Hindu India and its Muslim-majority neighbor Pakistan.

Even though the Shiv Sena’s political grip over Mumbai – its longtime power base – has been waning over the last decade, it still commands tens of thousands of violent followers.

The slight, bespectacled leader often appeared in front of his supporters seated on a silver throne-like chair, a gift from party workers.

In the early 1990s he led a successful campaign to drop what he called the colonially tainted name Bombay – a Portuguese derivation of “beautiful bay” – and replace it with Mumbai, after the local Marathi language name for a Hindu goddess. The city is the capital of Maharashtra state.

His supporters continued to sporadically threaten violence against places and institutions that held on to the old name like the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Bombay High Court, the elite Bombay Scottish School and countless restaurants, shops and offices.

More recently his followers campaigned against the celebration of Valentine’s Day in several Indian cities. They attacked shops and restaurants that allowed young couples to mark the day.

Through the early 2000s, Thackeray had appeared to be grooming his nephew Raj Thackeray as his political successor ahead of his own son Uddhav but in 2006 the infighting between the cousins led to Raj breaking away from the Sena. He formed the Maharashtra Reconstruction Party, which held onto the Sena’s political planks of regional and religious chauvinism interspersed with occasional violence.

Thackeray is survived by two sons. His body will be kept in a park on Sunday to allow people to pay their last respects before his cremation.

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  • Nitin

    A CORRECTION: “… Shiv Sena – which means Shiva’s Army.”
    That is incorrect. Actually, it is named after Shivaji, the Maratha warrior king, who fought the Mughal Empire (Muslims), and laid the foundations of a Hindu state.

  • moraka

    @George Carty

    There are a lot of factors like the growing zamindarisation, Shah Jahans spending could also play a factor. The empire itself had a lot of problem prior to Aurangzebs reign. This all got worse when Aurangzeb decided to wage so much war. In that they cost a lot of money, overstrechted the borders and keeped the emperor away from the central areas of power and thereby weakened the control of the empire.
    There where to many untrustfull people in power. So when after Babahur Shah I, where there was a lot of weak rulers, these people had more power. Some of them even declared themselves independent. At the same time there arose new and powerfull enemies, like the Maratha empire and Nader Shah. Nadar Shahs raid into India and the theft of so much wealth from Delhi, severly weakened the empire.

  • George Carty


    What (in your view) was the reason why the Mughal state declined so badly post-Aurangzeb, if it wasn’t down to Aurangzeb’s wars (which I imagine had the same effect on the Mughal state as Napoleon’s wars did on France)?

  • jacobin777

    “Many of his supporters sobbed and burst into tears.”..looks like there are thousands of loons right there.

    Personally, I’m glad he’s less bigot leader on the planet.

  • moraka

    @George Carty

    You have to think of Aurangzeb as both another victim of islamophobia and at the same time another aspekt of islamophobia. This one the demonization of great islamic personalities.
    Just look at the pattern: Akbar the secular king is liked. Dara Shikoh the unorthodox muslim is liked. Shivaji the devout hindu is liked. Aurangzeb the devoutmuslim is hated. And who hates him and ascribes him as an evil fanatic, british colonial historians, modern western secular historians and hindunationalists. Aurangzeb is one of the most lied about and hated muslims.
    You yourself seem to have heard new spins on his life. Now he is a megalomaniac who devastated India and made it easy prey for British colonialism.
    If you look long enough you will get another picture of him.

  • George Carty


    Wasn’t Aurangzeb an insane megalomaniac though who devastated India (not just the Hindu states, but his own empire too) and made it easy prey for British colonialism?

  • Stephen G. Parker

    Thank you to Sam Muhammad, Hakeem, and Hasan. Celebrating the death of someone, or mocking the one who has died, is deplorable no matter what the dead person may have done in his lifetime.

    We all come from God, and we return to God. The All-Knowing and All-Wise knows best how to judge.

  • moraka

    @Shiv Sena so we should wait for the next avatar of a mountain bandit and a rebel, whose bandit kingdom, brought nothing to remeber. You wait for your mountainrat, well wait for the next Aurangzeb. At least he was a good leader that respekted his subjekts.

  • Sam Seed

    @Shiva Sena……LOL!

  • Truth says

    what ever above written has a deep and precise research and truth

    Thanks admin

    @shiv sena

    Don’t worry his bum will be burn in hell

  • Shiv Sena

    Hindus reincarnate . Just wait for next avatar of Shivaji.

  • Hasan

    This article should be removed asap . We shouldn’t be celebrating someones death . The title is needlessly harsh . What he did while living , he will be answerable to the Creator , like everyone .

  • Hakeem

    I’m not sure his death should be celebrated, no matter what he did or stood for.

  • JD

    Its funny political party’s main aim has been to keep people who are not from Maharashtra out of the state and stem the spread of Islam and western values and His followers in the USA are aligned with Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Guess Pam and Robert Spencer hate for muslims and love of zionist ideas more then there ” Love of Democracy and Freedom” The enemy of my enemy is my friend right Pam Julius Streicher Geller and Robert Spencer……


    In 2002, Thackeray issued a call to form Hindu suicide bomber squads in response to Islamist suicide bombers and other violence. I

    His party is viewed by the media as being anti-Muslim, though Shiv Sainiks officially reject this accusation.When explaining his views on Hindutva, he conflated Islam with violence and called on Hindus to “fight terrorism and fight Islam.”In an interview with Suketu Mehta, he advocated the mass expulsion of Bangladeshi Muslim migrants from India and advocated a visa system to enter Mumbai.
    He told India Today “[Muslims] are spreading like a cancer and should be operated on like a cancer. The…country should be saved from the Muslims and the police should support them (Hindu Maha Sangh) in their struggle just like the police in Punjab were sympathetic to the Khalistanis.’

    He also reiterated a desire for Hindus to unite across linguistic barriers to see “a Hindustan for Hindus” and to “bring Islam in this country down to its knees.”

  • Xithurel

    Well, he may have thought he was superior to those he believed inferior to him. But in the end:

    Death is what we all share, and is what is truly indiscriminate.

    Samael will be who this man meets.

  • lexus

    Adios amigos!

  • http://loonwatch sam muhammad

    The Lord’s final prophet Muhammad [sws] got it right..once he was sitting outside when a funneral procession walked by..he stood up until it passed by…a companion asked the prophet why he stood up since this was the funneral procession of a jews..he replied ‘was he not human..did he not have a soul’…this hindu leader takes only his deeds with him

  • DrM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. May the rest of the s*** sena follow suit.

  • moraka

    I should celebrate this with indian food.

  • mindy1

    Shananana nananana hey hey goodbye

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