A few hours ago I received the news via telephone that Mr. Bal Thackeray, referred to as Balasaheb Thackeray passed away. A cartoonist, a staunch anticommunist, a fiery orator, his mascot was a tiger. He founded the Shiv Sena, the rebuilt head quarter for which is seen in Image 1. The previous head quarters were destroyed by terrorist bomb blast. Mr. Thackeray remote controlled and influenced the elections of a number of Indian Presidents, parliamentarians, legislators corporators etc. He had several friends in the Bollywood industry like super stars Amitabh Bachaan, Lata Mangeskar, Salman khan etc and Tamil fils super star Rajnikant. In a few hours his body will be placed in Shivaji Park (cradle of Indian cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar and a political hot bed for political change and struggle for Indian independence) for public viewing. Shown in the images 2-8 are pictures of Shivaji Park taken in August. Image 2 shows the statue of Mrs Thackeray who passed away in the last century. Leaders from around India both friends and foe have expressed their tributes to a politician whose words and actions will remain controversial but his place as a historic figure will reverberate through the streets of Mumbai. I am sorry due to technical problems with CNN, I have to keep posting again and again the same thing. It is very annoying to me.
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