Balasaheb Thackeray | Biography, Death Cause, & Facts

Balasaheb Thackeray
Balasaheb Thackeray

Balasaheb Thackeray was a well known Indian cartoonist and Politician. He was the founder of the right-wing party, “Shiv Sena” in 1966. He started his career as a cartoonist in the 1950s.
In upcoming years, he became a renowned politician.

Balasaheb Thackeray was a symbol of Marathi pride and Hindutva. He changed the direction of Maharastra politics completely. He departed from this world in 2012.

Balasaheb Thackeray


Balasaheb Thackeray was born in Marathi Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu community on 23 January 1926 in Pune, Bombay Presidency, British India.
His father’s name was Keshav Sitaram Thackeray and mother’ name was Ramabai.
His father was an author and a famous social activist. He had 8 siblings, 3 brothers, and 5 sisters. He got married to Meena Thackeray on 13 June 1948. They had 3 sons: Bindumadhav Thackeray, Jaidev Thackeray, and Uddhav Thackeray. His wife passed away in 1995 and in the subsequent year, his son Bindumdhav Thackeray died in a car accident.


He started his carrier as a cartoonist in the 1950s. His cartoons were also published in the Times of India’s Sunday edition. Balashaeb Thackeray launched his cartoon weekly ‘Marmik‘ along with his brother Srikant in 1960. His cartoons appeared in the Sunday edition of New York Times and Japanese daily Newspaper, Asahi Shimbun.

By the success of his cartoon ‘Marmik’, he was encouraged to lay down the foundation of the political party ‘Shiv Sena‘. On 19 June 1966, he founded Shiv Sena. The meaning of Shiv Sena is the Army of the Shivaji, a great Maratha Warrior. In 1989, Thackeray launched the Party’s Newspaper, Saamna.



0n 17 November 2012, he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 86 in Mumbai.

Favorite Things

  • Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Nana Patekar
  • Sport Cricket
  • Cartoonist David Low
  • Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Some Lesser Known Facts

  • Did Balashaeb Thackeray smoke?: Yes
  • Did Balashaeb Thackeray drink?: Yes
  • He wrote Marathi publication under the pen name “Malva.”
  • His Nickname was ‘Hindu Hriday Samra.’
  • He was a great follower and admirer of Maratha leader, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
  • Interview of Bal Thackeray in Aap Ki Adalat with Rajat Sharma.
  • In 2017, another Bollywood film was announced titled ‘Thackeray’ with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Bal Thackeray.

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