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Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena, is a regional political party as permitted by the Election Commission of India.

It has dominance in the state of Maharashtra, along with observable presence in the Konkan coastal areas. Shiv Sena expanded its party ideology in other states of India having a strong Hindu majority.

This party has a far-right political position, with political beliefs of Hindutva and Maratha nationalism. Basically, the Shiv Sena believes in tremendous regional chauvinism and ethnic individuality....

Shiv Sena News

Balasaheb Thackeray's stature was always above politics: Sanjay Raut

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    1:06 pm
Mumbai, Jan 15 (IANS) Producer and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who is excited about his next production venture "Thackeray" -- based on Balasaheb Thackeray's life -- says that the late Shiv Sena supremo's stature was always above politics. View More..

Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Shivajirao Deshmukh dead

Posted On : Jan 14,2019,    11:06 pm
Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) Senior Congress leader, a permanent invitee of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and former chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council Shivajirao Deshmukh died following brief illness at a private hospital here on Monday evening, party sources said. View More..

BEST strike hits Mumbai commuters for 7th day

Posted On : Jan 14,2019,    12:24 pm
Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) Over four million commuters including students were badly hit as the strike by over 20,000 employees of the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the lifeline of the city, entered the seventh day here on Monday. View More..

CBFC's scissors 'very small thing' for Balasaheb Thackeray, says Sanjay Raut

Posted On : Jan 12,2019,    8:58 pm
Mumbai, Jan 12 (IANS) Producer Sanjay Raut, who is looking forward to the release of his forthcoming venture 'Thackeray' -- based on life of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray -- has said the Central Board of Film Certification's scissors "is a very small thing" for the veteran Maharashtra leader. View More..

Maharashtra Congress, NCP launch pre-poll campaigns

Posted On : Jan 10,2019,    4:42 pm
Nagpur/Mumbai, Jan 10 (IANS) A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) poll bugle, the two main opposition parties -- the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) -- launched their pre-election campaigns from the eastern and western corners of Maharashtra on Thursday. View More..

No one has pressurised us to change 'Manikarnika' release: Kangana Ranaut

Posted On : Jan 10,2019,    2:10 pm
Mumbai, Jan 10 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut, geared up for the release of her next film "Maniakarnika -- The Queen of Jhansi" on the Republic Day weekend, has said no one has requested or pressurised the makers of her film to advance or delay the release of the film, which is clashing with late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's biographical film "Thackeray" at the box office. View More..

Paswan supports quota Bill, demands reservation in private sector

Posted On : Jan 08,2019,    9:36 pm
New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday welcomed the Constitution Amendment Bill providing for 10 per cent reservation for economically backward upper catses and demanded that the government should move ahead for reservation in private sector. View More..

Nayantara Sahgal fracas akin to 'Emergency': Shiv Sena

Posted On : Jan 08,2019,    3:02 pm
Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Coming down heavily on the decision of the All India Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (AIMSS) revoking its invite to renowned author Nayantara Sahgal to inaugurate its 92nd meet, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday termed it "an Emergency-like situation in Yavatmal". View More..

Stop making 'jumla' of jobless: Sena to Modi

Posted On : Jan 07,2019,    1:32 pm
Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claims of creating more jobs have been "proved completely hollow" by the Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE), the Shiv Sena on Monday asked him to stop making a 'jumla' (joke) of the jobless millions in the country. View More..

Raj Thackeray: Winning friends and influencing foes vide wedding invites

Posted On : Jan 06,2019,    4:32 pm
Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) AMaharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray is currently on a mega-mission to invite leading personalities for his son Amit's upcoming wedding - and thereby winning friends and influencing foes ahead of the 2019 elections. View More..

NDA may fall 15 seats short of majority, says survey

Posted On : Jan 06,2019,    1:50 am
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre may fall nearly 15 seats short of the magic mark of 272 in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, if elections are held now, says the India TV-CNX opinion poll. View More..

Maharashtra 'drops' Shivaji, Shahu, Phule, Ambedkar from 2019 calendar

Posted On : Jan 05,2019,    3:54 pm
Mumbai, Jan 5 (IANS) In an embarrassing bloomer, the Maharashtra government has dropped the mention of anniversaries of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, democrat reformist Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and B.R. Ambedkar from the 2019 calendar. View More..

What you call controversy, I call a debate: Actor Akshaye Khanna

Posted On : Jan 05,2019,    1:02 pm
Mumbai, Jan 5 (IANS) "The Accidental Prime Minister", a forthcoming film centred around former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his journey with the Congress party, became a talking point since its trailer released. Actor Akshaye Khanna, who plays a crucial role in the movie, sees the reactions as a debate and not a controversy. View More..

What is Gadkari's game? (Column: Political Circus)

Posted On : Jan 05,2019,    12:02 pm
Unlike the Congress, the communists or the socialists, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has rarely seen major fissures. View More..

No bigger star than Balasaheb Thackeray in Maharashtra: Aamir Khan

Posted On : Jan 04,2019,    10:02 pm
Mumbai, Jan 4 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Friday said there is no bigger star than late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray in Maharashtra. View More..

'Cheat India' to be released on Jan 18, avoids clash with 'Thackeray'

Posted On : Jan 04,2019,    9:58 pm
Mumbai, Jan 4 (IANS) The cast and crew of the upcoming film 'Cheat India' announced a new release date of the film on Friday evening. The film will be releasing on January 18. View More..

Dramatic discussion in LS over Rafale amid ruckus, counter-charges

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    11:20 pm
New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) It was a significant day in Lok Sabha on Wednesday with the ruling and opposition members holding heated post-lunch debate on procurement of Rafale fighter jets amid ruckus and counter allegations. View More..

If government is honest, it should be ready for JPC: Shiv Sena in LS

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    11:08 pm
New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The BJP's ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday sought clarification from the ruling party in Rafale fighter jet deal, saying: "if the government is honest, then it should be ready for a JPC probe." View More..

The year when Modi's charisma appeared to wane (2018 In Retrospect)

Posted On : Dec 31,2018,    1:44 pm
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP face a tough challenge in the Lok Sabha elections in the coming summer in the wake of its defeat in the recent Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and mounting worries on the economic front. View More..

'Thackeray' director unfazed by box office clash

Posted On : Dec 28,2018,    1:32 pm
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Abhijit Panse, director of "Thackeray", based on the life of Shiv Sena founder isn't worried about competing with Kangana Ranaut's "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi" and Emraan Hashmi-starrer "Cheat India". He says if a film is good, it will work. View More..

About Shiv Sena

   Shiv Sena History

Shiv Sena, is a regional political party as permitted by the Election Commission of India. It has dominance in the state of Maharashtra, along with observable presence in the Konkan coastal areas. Shiv Sena expanded its party ideology in other states of India having a strong Hindu majority. This party has a far-right political position, with political beliefs of Hindutva and Maratha nationalism. Basically, the Shiv Sena believes in tremendous regional chauvinism and ethnic individuality. The Shiv Sena is a Hindu nationalist political organization. It was established on June 19, 1966, by famous political cartoonist Balasaheb Thackeray that was popularly recognized as Bal Thackeray. The Shiv Sena was the birth of Bal’s father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, who enthusiastically participated in the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement (United Maharashtra Movement). In the beginning of 1950s, when boundaries of states were redrawn owing to linguistic similarity, it was demanded a separate state for Marathi-speaking people and called it Maharashtra. The desire to form this state was so strong that massive riots and political struggles occurred within the Bombay government during that time. However, Bombay being the financial capital of India drawn the attention of Indian populace from different states to get lucrative jobs. Especially, large number of people from Bihar and South India started migrating to the city. The Election Symbol of the Shiv Sena, as accepted by the Election Commission of India, is “Bow and Arrow”.

In that period, Bal Thackeray engrossed with the sentiments of the Marathi youngsters, and his cartoons were directed against the immigrants to Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena did not begin as a political party as such, but as a group of Marathi chauvinist men who rebels against non-Marathis people who settled in the state. This type of viewpoint quickly noticed by people and there was huge acceptance among people, especially the youth, and members of the Shiv Sena. They continually demanded political actions to that favour the Maharashtrian over the migrant populations in the state. After that, the Shiv Sena began its regional exclusivity claims to include strong religious associations, and become bigoted of all religions apart from Hinduism. It related with the BJP-led National Democratic Front, and began advocating for a country based on Hindu nationalism. It has been suspected that the Shiv Sena had a crucial role in the various riots which happened in Maharashtra, such as the 1984 Bhiwandi riots, and the infamous 1992-93 Bombay riots. The party had an active part in the NDA cabinet in the Centre from 1998-2004. Currently, after death of Bal Thackeray in 2012, his son Udhav Thackeray took over charge as head of the Shiv Sena. His son Aditya Thackeray is the youth leader of the party. The party was split in 2005 when Bal Thackeray’s nephew Raj Thackeray left the party and established new own political faction, the Shiv Sena has maintained its monopoly in Mumbai and regions of Maharashtra, with its strong regional and cultural appeal.

Leaders of the Shiv Sena: Top leaders of party are as follows:

Udhav Thackeray is the President and Chairperson of Shiv Sena. He took the charge after the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. Udhav Thackeray became the Karya pramukh of the party. He held the post of Shiv Sena’s working president in 2003, when the party won the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation Election in 2002. Another influential leader of the party is Aditya Thackeray who is the president of Yuva Sena or youth faction of Shiv Sena. He is the grandson of Bal Thackeray. Aditya is the enthusiastic youth leader of the youth wing of the party. Except Maharashtra, the youth wing expanded in other states of India such as Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir. Anand Prakash Paranjpe is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha. He represents the Kalyan constituency of Maharashtra. Anandrao Adsul is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Amravati constituency of Maharashtra. Anant Gangaram Geete is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Raigad constituency of Maharashtra. Bhavana Patil Surve Gawali is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and she represents the Yavatmal- Wasim constituency of Maharashtra. Chandrakant Bhaurao Khaire is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Aurangabad constituency of Maharashtra. Dudhgaonkar Ganeshrao Nagorao is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Parbhani constituency of Maharashtra. Gajanan Dharmshi Babar is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Maval constituency of Maharashtra. Prataprao Ganpatrao Jadhav is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Buldhana constituency of Maharashtra. Shivaji Adhalrao Patil is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Shirur constituency of Maharashtra. Subhash Bapurao Wankhede is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Hingoli constituency of Maharashtra. Wakchaure Bhausaheb Rajaram is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the Shirdi constituency of Maharashtra. Anil Desai is Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. Dr. Bharatkumar Raut is Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. Sanjay Raut is also Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.

Ideology of party:

Shiv Sena works on the ideologies of regional, ethnic and linguistic exclusiveness, and its intolerance of those who are not Marathis. This fascist and extremist political philosophy is visible through the vibrant use of this symbol by the Shiv Sena. Party gives more emphasis to the Hindutva beliefs. According to news report, Thackeray made some contentious moves against Muslims and adjacent Pakistan.

Shiv Sena was blamed of being involved in harmonized political violence in order to spread its ideologies and blast opposing principles. Therefore sometimes, party is recognized as a militant right-wing group.

Success and political movement of Shiv Sena:

On Indian land, Shiv Sena has emerged as a regional political party and accomplished numerous political objectives. The Shiv Sena established a number of frontal mass organizations. These are the student wing called the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, the youth wing of the party is called the Yuva Sena, and its women’s wing is called the Shiv Sena Mahila Aghadi. These different wings have appreciably upheld the interests of the various sections of the society. These frontal organizations have their branches in Maharashtra as well as in other states too, such as Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Bihar and Kerala. The Mahila Aghadi is an effective organization that settles domestic disputes in Mumbai households and has greatly reduced women oppression in the families due to its active involvement.

In turbulence period, regional parties like Shiv sena has played effectual role in developmental transformation of its region to bring about growth in social and economic situation of the whole state and not just identities associated with it. Thackerey struck a harmony with the jobless educated youth of Maharashtra with his provocative rhetoric and ethnocentric speeches. Thackerey had great political insight that can hold the crowd in his influence.

The Shiv Sena is actively involved in supporting the cause of the superior industrialists in the state of Maharashtra, as its draconian rules apparently maintained peaceful working conditions in the industries. This results in high productivity of the industry that is declared by the party. The Shiv Sena went into frequent scuffle with workers’ trade unions and the labour wings of left parties such as CPI and CPI-M, as the Shiv Sena often combat the rights of the workers in a factory.

The Shiv Sena has immense role in the liberation of 500,000 slum dwellers in the Dharavi regions of Mumbai. This is the largest slum in all of Asia. The Shiv Sena actually gave free houses to these slum dwellers.

Regarding 2014 elections, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray vow to gain power along with collation with the National Democratic Alliance and believed that the next prime minister of India will be from their alliance. Shiv Sena party has launched numerous helpline for the public, a woman's safety mobile application, a Marathi mobile dictionary, an application of famous speeches by Bal Thackeray, a women's self-help group and the Shriman Balasaheb Thackeray IAS Academy. Such facilities will help people to know the ideology of party and shield their life also.

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