Book Title: Bal Thackeray
Author: Abhas Verma
Published By: Jitendra Anand Infratech Private Limited
No. of pages: 315
The recent Maharashtra politics enabled people like me who wanted to explore more about the political scenario in Mumbai, the long history of the Shiv Sena party, and the life of an iconic person – Bal Thackeray. As I was trying to explore more using the internet resources, I came across this book and fortunately got hold of a copy.
This book by writer Abhas Verma gives unbiased and factual information about the socio-political situation of Bombay in the 1960s. The book further explored what led to the formation of many Marathi ethnocentric organizations like Shiv Sena.
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The book, Bal Thackeray by Abhas Verma is divided into chapters that talk about the historical journey of Shiv Sena from 1966 to 1995. These chapters are factual, informative, and educative and cover almost all major events of Maharashtra during the said period.
The book, Bal Thackeray by Abhas Verma mainly explains the life of a person who started by drawing caricatures to speak his mind to arouse strong emotions. It is the story of Bal Thackeray, the mascot of Marathi pride and Hindutva during that reign.
Bal Keshav Thackeray, popularly known as Balasaheb Thackeray or Bal Thackeray, was born on January 23, 1926; and began his political career as a cartoonist with the Free Press Journal and later formed his own political weekly named ‘Marmik’.
As per internet resources, he was the founder of the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ and ‘Dophar Ka Saamna’. His father was a part of the Samyukta Maharashtra Mission, and this is where his philosophy was shaped. He was known as ‘Hindu Hridaysamrat’, which means ‘Emperor of Hindu hearts’; he was idolized with God-like devotion by his followers.
All the 41 chapters in the book take the readers to the era of Yashwantrao Chavan, Vasantrao Naik, Acharya Atre, S.K. Patil, and Vasantdada Patil with the historical details about the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement, Bal Thackeray and his father Prabodhankar Thackeray, Marmik, Krishna Desai Murder, and many more incidents in detail related to Shiv Sena.
A detailed and authentic work by writer Abhas Verma also touches on the most discussed points like why Shiv Sena was formed, how an ordinary man like Bal Thackery became a God-like person, and the series of murders. Also, the other political matters related to Shive Sena are explained in detail.
With simple language, comfortable font size, and exciting narration of the history of old Mumbai or Bombay from the 1960s to till date, this is an interesting work and will surely entertain the readers who like to read realistic books!
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Read more book reviews in the Storizen Magazine August 2022 issue featuring Sahitya Akademi Award winner Chaithanya Pingali