Bal Thackeray: The tiger of the jungle raj
The launch itself was marked with clashes. A large number of youths returning from Thackeray's rally in Shivaji Park announcing the new party, incited by his fiery speech, had targetted South Indians, or "Yandugundus" as the Sena chief then liked to call them. Their establishments in the Dadar area had been attacked and the iconic Dadar railway station vandalised.
The '60s and '70s saw Sainiks embroiled in street battles with members of the Communist Party for supremacy in the mill worker heartland of Parel-Girgaum. One such infamous episode saw the Sena raiding the CPI's office in December 1967 and setting it on fire.
In the late '60s, member of the Sena workers' union Bhartiya Kamgar Sena were accused of playing a part in the murder of Larsen & Toubro company worker outside Kurla station. The union was at the time trying to establish a base among workers.
Soon, Mumbai politics would never be the same again.
* 1969: Thackeray held for first time
The party's first major and organised violent agitation was in 1969, when Bal Thackeray demanded that the Centre intervene to solve the border tangle of Belgaum, which had been included in the Mysore state. Thackeray threatened to protest against both then home minister Yashwantrao Chavan and deputy prime minister Morarji Desai, who visited Mumbai on separate occasions, if