Life After Balasaheb Thackeray: Why Shiv Sena Will Never Be the Same Again

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Life After Balasaheb Thackeray: Why Shiv Sena Will Never Be the Same Again

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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hen Bal Thackeray passed away six years ago on this day, the city went silent for a couple of days. Electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia, which was supposed to perform on the day, was sent off packing. The entire city was diverted to Shivaji Park to pay respects to one of its most controversial – yet influential – leaders.

One teenage girl, who probably didn’t have too many fond memories of Bal Thackeray, and complained on Facebook about shops being closed, was arrested. Another teenager, who liked the post, was arrested as well.

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