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Shiv Sena’s Transition as a constant image makeover




“From saffron robes of Balasaheb Thackeray to jeans and shirt of Aditya Thackeray

From Balasaheb Thackeray’s iconic “singhaasan”, to Aditya wearing a “gamcha”

From attacks on Valentine’s Day celebrations during Balasaheb’s reign, to Aditya reviving the night life of Mumbai.”


Shiv Sena, is a far-right based Marathi local and Hindu patriot political association in India established on 19 June 1966 by political cartoonist Bal Thackeray. The gathering initially rose up out of a development in Mumbai requesting special treatment for Maharashtrians over transients to the city. It is at present headed by Thackeray’s child, Uddhav Thackeray, with Aditya Thackeray as the next CM candidate.

  • Proposal to resuscitate Mumbai’s night life gets CM’s nod : Aditya Thackeray
  • For a change, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena won’t harass people this Valentine’s Day.
  • The Maharashtra elections are around the corner and Shiv Sena is said to have finally worked out a seat sharing formula with the Devendra Fadnavis led BJP in the state.
  • But if we believe Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, the party is projecting Aditya as its CM candidate
  • What is it about the 29 year old Aditya, who has not only given the party, the will to project him as the CM face, but also simultaneously give a makeover to the grand old “right wing” party.


Transition during different reigns!

Balasaheb and Uddhav never contested a single election, and never held a Cabinet berth in the state. Even when the party was in power between 1995 to 1999, Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane were given the chief minister’s chair.

But this time in a grand ceremony, Aditya announced that he will in fact be contesting elections from Mumbai’s Worli seat. It is clear that the Thackerays have changed their mind about occupying public office.



Aakramakta has always been the USP of Shiv Sena. Balasaheb never avoided straightforwardly owning dangerous expressions. The man stood out as truly newsworthy pretty much every other day.

At the point when Uddhav Thackeray had control over the rule, individuals promptly saw the fall in hostility and discovered Balasaheb’s forceful DNA more in Raj than Uddhav. Presently, with Aditya, the Shiv Sena sees a pioneer who has a quiet air and determined campaigner, the fighter that any Shiv Sena pioneer has barely ever ticked previously.

Statements reflecting different personalities of the “Thackerays”!

Balasaheb Thackeray (Founder) – “If you want to take an oath, take this one that the way they (Muslims) are united, we (Hindus) will also be united. Only then we will be able to fight these Muslims, otherwise they will not only swallow up Mumbai but also Maharashtra and the country!

Uddhav Thackeray (Chief) – What you (Muslims) want, what we (Hindus) want, let’s try to understand each other. Yes we (Shiv Sena) are against you but the party and Balasaheb were never against Muslims, but against the traitors of the country and there is nothing to hide there.

Aditya Thackeray (Leader) – The time has come to eradicate all societal discriminations, be it based on language, religion or caste.


Balasaheb has constantly contradicted the western culture and they made it clear by straightforwardly assaulting individuals commending days like Valentine Day. Be that as it may, these issues were given negligible significance during Uddhav’s rule.

In 2015, Aditya sent a proposition to CM Fadnavis to restore Mumbai’s night life, proposing disposing of the 1:30 am cut-off time put by the administration for bars and eateries and the ban was disavowed before long.

Aditya told media that it was about “promoting tourism” as much as it was about “Protecting Youth culture”.

While internet wasn’t a thing in Balasaheb’s days by any means, Uddhav Thackeray, regardless of most pioneers of his stature being on enormous online life avoided it. Aditya anyway is by all accounts controlling on a whole social crusade via web-based networking media. He has additionally been tweeting in Hindi and Marathi to contact more individuals.

The BMC pulling out all the stops on Twitter is accepted to be an activity effectively pushed for by Aditya. The handle has over 125k supporters reacting to individuals even continuously, as was seen during the ongoing Mumbai storm.


Difference in wardrobe and outlook too?

Saffron robe, rudraksh malas, laal tilak and kala chashma, and of course a tiger cut-out in the background. These were not mere clothes or props but Balasaheb’s signature of ‘Marathi Manoos’ and Hindutva agenda that reflected his beliefs as aggressively as his speeches did.

While Uddhav stuck to kurtas, Aditya is mostly seen donning jeans and shirts. Recently, Aditya was seen donning a north Indian style “gamcha” at a rally.

But you see, It’s not just about clothes, with Aditya’s gamcha act, Shiv Sena, which was traditionally seen as anti-north Indians or anti-outsiders as they call it, now seems to be more open to them. Moreover, when once asked by a TQ reporter why he doesn’t don kurtas – Aditya said he doesn’t like them, because they don’t help him establish a “connect with people.”

Aditya said in an interview – “These are changing times. My grandfather’s generation, my father’s generation, my generation all have different needs.” We are keeping our core values the same but with time, priorities change

Aditya a “Youth Sainik”!

Shiv Sena officially kicked off its youth wing “Yuva Sena” in 2010, making a mere 20 year old Aditya its chief. Initiatives like free BEST bus passes for the school children and open gyms across Mumbai got him into the spotlight.

Bal Thackeray to Bal Aditya is the change in Shiv Sena a deliberate attempt of trying to be relevant with changing times? Or is it carefully crafted campaign to help Aditya resonate with the young, urban voters.


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Some of our Beloved CMs have stood in solidarity for the cause, protecting their citizen from any such voluptuous violence.
Mamta Banerjee, CM of West Bengal has been out on street with the students protesting. She even ensured safety for the students of AMU, Murshidabad. It was sourced that, she helped them evacuate the campus to their soonest before it could be attacked by the goons vehemently.

Read also : Mumbai pulls an all-nighter for Protest .

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  1. Born on March 15, 1977, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. He was the only son of Unnikrishnan and Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan, a retired ISRO officer.
  2. Major Sandeep joined the Indian Army in 1999, and as he always wanted to join the army, this was no fluke.
  3. Major Sandeep also has shortcomings and one was that he was afraid of water, but he overcame his fear and learned how to swim in order to join the army.
  4. His NDA-day friends call him a selfless, generous calm and a disciplined person ready to do his duty at all costs.
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  6. Major Unnikrishnan, leading a team under Operation Black Tornado, rescued 14 people from the sixth floor of the hotel.
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  8. The terrorists shot Major Unnikrishnan from behind, resulting in serious injuries. The brave officer’s last message to the people was, “Don’t come up, I’m going to handle them.”
  9. Before succumbing to his wounds, he kept fighting until the very end. He died on the spot at the age of 31 on November 28. The funeral of Major Unnikrishnan was held with full military honors.
  10. Ashok Chakra, the highest gallantry decoration in peacetime, was presented to Major Unnikrishnan.

These are a few things from a truly inspirational life of a braveheart.

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