Asked why no one could inherit his legacy as a cartoonist, Thackeray said, "Who will take it forward? I thought Raja (his pet name for nephew Raj Thackeray) will carry it forward." Thackeray expressed these sentiments in the last part of his marathon interview, published in party mouthpiece "Saamana" here today.
Among the faces which could be called a cartoonist's delight are Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Prithviraj Chavan, Sharad Pawar and LK Advani, Thackeray said.
The 86-year-old Sena chief's son Uddhav, who is a party executive president, is an avid photographer and is compiling a book on his cartoons. Taking a swipe at media, Thackeray said, "Editors have become saleable and have become 'chamchas' (sycophants) of political parties, which can be seen from their writing."
On his not occupying any post in government, Thackeray said, "I stayed out of power. I could have become anything. I could have been part of the ministries in Maharashtra and Delhi. I stayed away from the chair (seat of power). That is my asset."
Asked what message he wanted to convey to his followers, Thackeray said, "keep the loyalties intact. Do you change your parents? Then don't change your party." Referring to the Aug 11 violence at Azad Maidan, the Sena chief said, "If Islam is to be countered, Hindus will have to unite."