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India bids farewell to firebrand Hindu leader Thackeray

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Hundreds of thousands of mourners on Sunday attended the public cremation in Mumbai of Bal Thackeray, chief of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party and one of India's most divisive politicians. 

The funeral cortege of the leader of the Indian Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray, makes its way through a sea of supporters in Mumbai on November 18. Hundreds of thousands of mourners on Sunday attended the public cremation in Mumbai of Thackeray, one of India's most divisive politicians.

Thackeray, who called his followers "Hindu warriors" and was widely accused of stoking ethnic and religious violence, died aged 86 on Saturday, triggering a virtual shutdown of the city.

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