Shiv Sena wants a Google Doodle for Bal Thackeray

Mumbai South Central MP Rahul Shewale has written to Google on behalf of the party, asking the tech giant to show Thackeray’s image on its home page on January 23, his 89th birth anniversary

Shiv Sena wants Internet giant Google to pay tribute to its late founder, Bal Thackeray. A Member of Parliament (MP) from the party has already written to the company, while also requesting the information and broadcasting ministry to assist in their endeavour. January 23 will mark the 89th birth anniversary of the Sena founder.

MP Rahul Shewale
MP Rahul Shewale

Shiv Sena’s Mumbai South Central MP Rahul Shewale wrote to Google on January 6, appealing the technology company to honour its founder with a Google Doodle a creative rendition of the company’s logo that is usually made in tribute to iconic personalities.

A couple of days later, Shewale wrote to the information and broadcasting ministry in Delhi, addressing minister Arun Jaitley, asking for help to realise the project. Shewale has requested Jaitley to appeal to Google India to complete the formalities before January 23, so as to display Thackeray’s image on the anniversary.

“If the image of our great leader is displayed on Google Doodle on his 89th birth anniversary i.e. January 23, it would be a tribute to the real hero, who does not require any introduction as he has always been an inspiration to all young people of our country,” the letter reads. mid-day attempted to contact Shewale several times, but he remained unavailable for comment.

Google says
While the Sena claims Google is processing its request, the company remained non-committal in its email response to mid-day’s query. “We get millions of requests through various channels and it is impossible for us to confirm any specific Doodle requests,” said Gaurav Bhaskar, global communications & public affairs manager, Google India.

The letter
“Shiv Sena party proposed to display the image of Balasaheb Thackeray on Google Doodle so that about 20 crores Google users not only of our country but all over world may witness the image.

The Shiv Sena party has requested Google office in Bandra, Mumbai and made an appeal to them vide their letter dated January 6, 2015 to display the image of Balasaheb Thackeray on Google Doodle to pay tribute to great leader.

Though the Google office Mumbai has processed the application for further procedure, but according to them, it will take much more time to complete the formalities.”

- Shewale’s letter has been produced verbatim

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  • shrirock16-Jan-2015

    Definitely not a joke. Balasaheb is known to thousands all over the world. If Google accepts this request, it will be a honor for india and Google both. Balasaheb is all the more relevant today, in light of terrorism spreading its tentacles all over the world. He understood the consequences of religious fanatism. He was a true champion of the Hindu religion.

  • AM15-Jan-2015

    what a joke ! BT was not a national or international figure or celebrity by any standards. He polarized his followers and held the city of Mumbai hostage multiple times with his divisive politics. Shame on the shiv sena. Google, stand your ground and please deny this asinine request.

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