The legacy of Bal Thackeray and the future of Shiv Sena

Listen

Millions mourned the death of Bal Thackeray in India. And millions more didn't. We look at the legacy of one of India's most divisive leaders. For many he was a fearless champion of Hindu rights. For many others he was an opportunist with likely connections to the criminal underworld. Bal Thackeray died last weekend, leaving questions about the future of the influential political party he founded, the Shiv Sena.




Part Three of The Current - The legacy of Bal Thackeray and the future of Shiv Sena


On Sunday the city of Mumbai came to a standstill. Millions shut their doors, closed businesses and stayed home... afraid of what might happen. The streets of the downtown were nevertheless crowded. Supporters of Bal Thackeray and the movement he founded came to pay their respects at his funeral, which was covered on the BBC.

Kumar Ketkar is the editor of Dainik Divya Marathi. We reached him by phone in Mumbai where he is under police protection because of his latest article about Shiv Sena and Bal Thackeray's legacy.

Sikata Banerjee is is the author of Warriors in Politics: Hindu Nationalism, Violence and the Shiv Sena in India.  She joined us from Victoria, BC.

Other segment from today's show:

Physiology of Black Friday
Calgary Centre by-election heats up