Despite being close to many celebrities with Muslim backgrounds, Bal Thackeray has never flinched from attacking Muslims.
He praised the Shiv Sainiks who were marching to Ayodhya ahead of the infamous destruction of Babri Masjid in December 1992 with these words in his party mouthpiece Saamna - “How does your Shiv Sainik appear as he is marching towards Ayodhya? Like the roaring lion spreading terror, with the gait of an intoxicated elephant, like the assault of a rhino which reduces to powder a rocky mountain, like the manoeuvres of a leopard: our infinite blessings to these Hindu warriors who are marching towards Ayodhya.”
After the 1993 Mumbai blasts, he demanded that all anti-national Muslims must be driven out of the country and these should include "those who fired crackers of victory when Pakistan defeated India in the stadium of Bombay".
In 2008, he wrote: 'Islamic terrorism is growing and Hindu terrorism is the only way to counter it. We need suicide bomb squads to protect India and Hindus'.
In Picture: Bal Thackeray speaks to former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad (seated-L) during a meeting at his residence Matoshree - Raj and Udhav Thackeray are seen in the background. Thackeray, known for his strong views on Indo-Pak cricketing ties, sprung a surprise when he met Miandad. He said: "I like Javed as a cricketer and cannot forget the lofty six he hit off Chetan Sharma to win the Sharjah Cup in 1986."
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