Bal Keshav Thackeray, or Balasaheb Thackeray as he is now known, was born to a famous father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray in Pune on January 23, 1926.
Keshav Thackeray was among those who led the Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti movement that campaigned successfully for the formation of Maharashtra, a state for Marathi speakers.
The elder Thackeray was also a 'social reformer' who campaigned against the Brahmins, whose dominance he contemptuously dismissed as bhikshuksahi - the rule by alms seekers.
Born a Thakre, it was Keshav's love for the Kolkata-born British author of that much-loved satirical novel Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray which saw him anglicise the spelling of his surname to Thackeray.
Besides Bal, Keshav also had another son Shrikant Thackeray, whose son Raj Thackeray is a name familiar to us all.
Text: Sify News Desk
In Picture: Bal Thackeray sits on a 75-Kg silver throne as he presides over a party rally 10 April 2002 in Shirdi.
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