Bal Thackeray, one of India's most polarizing politicians and leader of the influential right-wing Hindu nationalist party that has dominated politics in the country’s richest city for two decades, died Saturday at age 86 following a cardiorespiratory attack, one of his doctors said. Hundreds of thousands of supporters have filled the streets of Mumbai for his funeral, triggering a virtual shutdown of the city.
Nov. 18, 2012 Supporters wail during the cremation of Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena party leader, in Mumbai. Hundreds of thousands of mourners filled the city’s streets for the funeral of the extremist Hindu leader, who was linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India. The 86-year-old rabble-rousing orator for Shiv Sena, which means Shiva's army, died Saturday after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest. Rafiq Maqbool/AP Buy Photo