These photos of Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray should not be missed!

Updated: Jun 13, 2020, 11:09 | Shawn.Dsouza
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    Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray was born on June 13, 1990, to Uddhav Thackeray and Rashmi Thackeray. He is the grandson of the late Bal Thackeray who founded Shiv Sena. Aaditya Thackeray currently is the Minister of Tourism and Environment, Maharashtra.

    In photo: Aaditya Thackeray during his younger days with his grandfather and Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray.

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    Aaditya Thackeray studied law at St Xaviers' College in Mumbai and got interested in party-related work in 2008.

    In photo: Aaditya Thackeray shares a candid moment with his father Uddhav Thackeray.

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    Aaditya Thackeray's sibling Tejas Thackeray is a wildlife researcher. In 2014, Aaditya Thackeray adopted a five-year-old tiger at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). His younger brother Tejas has also adopted two cats.

    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray with his younger brother Tejas Thackeray

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    Aaditya Thackeray wrote his first book of poems, 'My Thoughts in White and Black', which was published in 2007. In 2008, he turned lyricist and wrote eight songs in a private album Ummeed

    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray with the king of pop, late Michael Jackson.

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    In 2010, Aaditya made a foray in Mumbai University politics after Shiv Sena's student wing won 8 out of 10 university senate seats

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    In 2010, Aaditya Thackeray led a campaign against the inclusion of Rohinton Mistry's Booker Prize-nominated novel 'Such a Long Journey' in the Mumbai University syllabus. The book was a part of the second year B.A. syllabus. His protest stemmed from the alleged portrayal of Shiv Sena in a wrong light in the book.

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    In October 2012, an emotional Bal Thackeray urged the Shiv Sena cadres in a recorded video to take care of Aaditya Thackeray just as they had of his son Uddhav Thackeray. The Shiv Sena founder passed away in November 2012.

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    Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray thanked party cadres for electing Aaditya Thackeray as one of the leaders but dismissed talk of dynastic rule. 

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    Citing the reason for Aaditya's elevation in the party, Uddhav Thackeray talked about Thackeray family's tradition of serving the people of Maharashtra.

    In picture: Aditya Thackeray watching a game of cricket with father Uddhav Thackeray

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    In his first diktat as second-in-command in the party, Aaditya Thackeray said that terms of endearment like dada, mama, nana or bhai on Shiv Sena hoardings shouldn't be used anymore for senior or junior leaders.

    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray with Ranbir Kapoor

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    Aaditya Thackeray shares a good bond with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Thackeray had appreciated Akshay's initiatives such as free self-defence classes for women, 100 sanitary pad vending machines and other social contributions.

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    Aaditya Thackeray had once said that his upbringing, by his grandparents and parents, has always taught him to be one amongst the family of Sainiks.

    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray with Sonam Kapoor at the inauguration of Neerja Bhanot Chowk in Mumbai

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    Aaditya Thackeray had proposed for the revival of night-life. He said that nightlife is for all. His idea is to have affordable eateries open to all. This will boost employment, revenue and affordable eating places for all who work at night or finish work at night.

    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray with Jacky Bhagnani at 'support Kasrat' event of BMC in Mumbai

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    In 2017, Aaditya Thackeray won by the highest number of votes in the Mumbai District Football Association elections for the executive council. Aaditya Thackeray loves sports especially cricket and football. While heading the MDFA, he has transformed the football scenario in Mumbai

    In photo: Carles Puyol, the former football captain of Spain and FC Barcelona, was in Mumbai as part of a FIFA initiative to promote the upcoming U17 World Cup to be held in India

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    About football, Aaditya Thackeray had once said that it is a very easy game to play and one just needs is a football and a ground. It is easier unlike other sports which require a lot of accessories for the contest

    In photo: Aaditya Thackeray bonded with legendary footballer Thierry Henry

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    Aaditya Thackeray shared an Instagram post and captioned it, "Some moments with fans of football who make it a point to come and watch the game at the Mumbai Football Arena! I will also share a separate and special video of one bloc of fans that are the loudest, belting out songs and cheering our lads! What atmosphere! With such a great support team, we took the gamble to pull the games to Mumbai at the last minute and am happy that the football culture is building! Thank you, AIFF and all those involved for this successful Hero Tri-Nation Series in Mumbai!"

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    About gyms, Aaditya Thackeray had said that his fancy gyms are simple, they are free and for all. They don't take money to advertise or charge fees. He said that he will promote anyone who promotes sports and fitness for all

    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray at the inauguration of Dino Morea's gym in South Mumbai. Jacqueline Fernandez was also spotted with them.

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    In picture: Aaditya Thackeray spotted with Disha Patani, who coincidentally shares the same birthdate with him. Pic/Yogen Shah

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    In photo: Aaditya Thackeray has a royal moment with Prince Charles

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    On October 3, 2019, Yuva Sena chief and Uddhav Thackeray's son Aaditya Thackeray the first of the three Thackeray family generations filed his election nomination papers. The junior Thackeray was accompanied by his entire family as he filed his nomination form from the Worli Assembly, which falls in south-central Mumbai. He went on to win the elections by a record-margin of votes

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    On November 27, 2019, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray invited Congress President Sonia Gandhi to attend the oath ceremony of his father and party chief Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra Chief Minister, in New Delhi. Picture/ PTI

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    In picture: First-time Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray, who is the son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray takes charge as a cabinet minister.

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    The Worli MLA had assured that he will take steps to boost the tourism sector of the state. He said, "I have been given the portfolios of Tourism and Environment. We can strengthen the economy of Maharashtra with tourism."

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    At the swearing-in ceremony, Aaditya Thackeray said, "I was sworn in today as a minister in the Government of Maharashtra led by CM @uddhavthackeray Ji. I take this as a huge opportunity to serve the people, and am thankful to the CM, along with being thankful to @shivsena leaders, MLAs, Shiv Sainiks, @ncpspeaks, @incindia and our allies. 

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    He added, "A big congratulations to all those ministers, sworn in today to serve the people, selflessly and for the good of the State."

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    Aaditya Thackeray has also worked towards the environment. At the inauguration of the 68th convention of the National Town and Country Planners in Navi Mumbai, Thackeray spoke about the concept of Ease of Living, with special focus on pedestrian pathways, traffic management, solid waste management, urban green spaces."

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    Thackeray further said, "Climate change is here to stay and we as planners must adapt to it. Sustainable Development is the way forward and the SDGs must be taken with seriousness if we are to create a planet that can survive with the human race."

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    Aaditya Thackeray shares a light moment with his father and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray during an event in Mumbai before the lockdown. Picture/Aaditya Thackeray's Instagram 

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About The Gallery

Maharashtra Cabinet minister and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray became the first member from the Thackeray family to contest an election and win the Worli assembly. Political leader, activist, social worker, environmentalist and a doting son are few of the facets of his illustrious career so far. As he turns a year older today, here's a look at his journey in pictures. 

Disclaimer: Pictures sourced in the slideshow were posted before the lockdown (All photos/Aaditya Thackeray Instagram)