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Maharashtra Government Renames Gorewada International Zoo in Honour of Balasaheb Thackeray


Maharashtra Government Renames Gorewada International Zoo in Honour of Balasaheb Thackeray
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The Gorewada International Zoo in Nagpur has been renamed as the ‘Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park’ ahead of the birth anniversary of the late veteran Shiv Sena leader. The development was confirmed by State Minister Sanjay Rathod on Jan 19. He added that a Government Resolution (GR) has been issued for the same.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate the Indian Safari at the zoo on January 26 as per reports. This zoological park is said to have 2,000 hectares of forest land while the safaris will be conducted using vehicles with 40 seat capacity. There’s also going to be an online ticket booking facility after the inauguration, officials said. 

Balasaheb Thackeray was born on January 23, 1926, in Pune. He started his career as a cartoonist with ‘The Free Press Journal’. He founded Shiv Sena in 1966 as a voice for the interests of the Maharashtrian people. Thackeray and Shiv Sena took a strong Hindutva stance post the 1992 riots in Mumbai. 

Thackeray also introduced the Marathi-language newspaper, ‘Saamana’. Despite being at the helm of a political party, Balasaheb Thackeray never held official positions throughout his career. He passed away on the 17th of November, 2012, at the age of 86. 

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