Hindustan Times (Patna) - - YEAR REVIEW 2012 -

Bal Thack­eray, a former car­toon­ist who founded the right-wing Shiv Sena, died on Novem­ber 17. Tens of thou­sands at­tended his funeral pro­ces­sion in Mum­bai. KNOWN FOR: Thack­eray mo­bilised the masses with a con­ser­va­tive Hindu ide­ol­ogy and an ag­gres­sive agenda, prompt­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of big­otry. A com­mis­sion named him for in­cit­ing at­tacks against Mus­lims in the 1992-93 Mum­bai ri­ots. THE M FAC­TOR: He re­stored Marathi pride and could bring Mum­bai to a stand­still at will.

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