He may have started off as a cartoonist but there was nothing humourous about the way that he plied his politics. An ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler (artist) and Walt Disney (cartoonist), he liberally borrowed finer aspects of extremism from the former.
1988: Tension and violence brewed between the Sena and Dalit parties over 'The Riddles of Rama and Krishna', a book by B R Ambedkar that led to a virtual shutdown of Bombay.
1970: Dalit Panthers and Shiv Sainiks fought pitched battles in Bombay as Bal Thackeray pushed his caste Hindu agenda by trying to carve out a 'Savarna' constituency for his party.
1969: Bombay burned for a week after Bal Thackeray was arrested after the Shiv Sena took to the streets as Moraji Desai refused to accept its memorandum on Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute.
Loksatta: Aroon Tikekar, editor of Loksatta, a fiercely independent Maharashtrian daily published by the Express group, had fallen in Balasaheb's line of fire on several occasions. (Agencies)
Anti-Congress, but supported 1975 Emergency: Although his political success depended hugely on Congress patronage especially, Chief Minister V P Naik (centre) and S K Patil. However, he was a huge critic of of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Also seen in the picture the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. (IE archive photo)
Sachin Tendulkar: Slammed the Master Blaster for saying 'Mumbai belongs to all of India'. (IE photo)
Amitabh Bachchan: A remark by Jaya Bachchan supporting the use of Hindi language by north Indians in Maharashtra ("hum UP ke log hai, hume Hindi mein baat karni chahiye") snowballed into a controversy with the Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray-led MNS. Amitabh Bachchan's poster was vandalised by activists protesting against the comment.
Communists: Congress bigwigs created the Bal Thackeray phenomenon to battle the Communist trade unions which ruled over labour in Mumbai. Shiv Sainiks allegedly murdered in June 1970, Left MLA Krishna Desai. Seen in this picture Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. (IE archive photo)
Communal violence: The 1984 Bhiwandi riots (17 people killed) and also the 1989 Mumbai and Aurangabad violence were allegedly caused by Shiv Sena. (Agencies)
Anti-Pak: Bal Thackeray mostly targetted the Paksitani cricket team and was willing to meet Pakistani authorities like their representative in India. Shiv Sena had dug up a pitch during India-Pakistan Test series. Seen in photo Ashraf J Kazi Pakistani diplomat. (IE archive photo)
Mumbai riots: Bal Thackeray's Shiv Sainiks were indicted by the Justice Srikrishna Committee probing the 1993 riots. (Agencies)