Born on 23rd January 1927, Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray is a hard-core nationalist, formed SHIVSENA on 19th June 1966, an organisation striving for giving justice to the youth. In a passage of little more than three decades, it has built itself into a formidable force of millions of young men and women, the Shiv Sainiks, who gathered under the saffron flag. Presenting a special report on the occasion of the leader’s birthday. Referred to as the ‘Tiger’ by his supporters, Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray – the cartoonist turned politician has courted controversy ever since he founded the hardline Shiv Sena party more than 30 years ago. Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray was awarded the prestigious Bharat Ratna award for the Year 1998-99. He is one of Maharashtra state’s most powerful leaders. Balsaheb Thackeray Started his career as a cartoonist in the Free Press Journal, Mumbai. His Cartoons were also published in world famous dailies like Asahi Shimboon, Tokyo and Sunday edition of The New York Times. He was the only Cartoonist from India whose works were included in the book published by the world famous publishers M/s Kessels & Co., London. He took to cartooning in early fifties inspired by the greats in the field such as David Low and Walt Disney. Realizing the need for a daily newspaper, his own Marathi morning daily ‘Saamana’, was launched on 23rd Jan, 1989. Today, the Shivsena is the only of its kind to run 300 ambulances all over the country. Shivsena has also formed a unique center for old and aged people called Ramadham Ashram, in Raigad district. He enjoys the distinction of addressing gigantic public meetings, drawing not less than 1 lakh audience, comprising mostly youngsters. It is unanimously agreed that despite holding no official post, Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray of the uncrowned monarch of the state of Maharashtra. A NMTV Bureau Report.
March 19, 2007