Raj Shrikant Thackeray was born as Swaraj Shrikant Thackeray on 14 June 1968 Mumbai,Maharashtra. Raj Thackeray’s commonly used name is a contraction of Swaraj. His parents were Shrikant Thackeray (younger brother of Bal Thackeray) and Kunda Thackeray (younger sister of Bal Thackeray’s wife Meena Thackeray). As a child he learnt the tabla, the guitar and the violin. He also contributed cartoons to Marmik, the weekly magazine of Bal Thackeray.
Raj is the nephew of Balasaheb Thackeray.He is married to Sharmila Wagh,daughter of Marathi cinema photographer, producer-director Mohan Wagh. They have one son named Amit Thackeray and one daughter Urvashi Thackeray.
Raj is an Indian politician,cartoonist and the founder and president of the right-wing Marathi ethnocentric regional political party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena “Maharashtra Reformation Army” in the state of Maharashtra, India.
Raj Thackeray resigned from his uncle’s party in January 2006 and announced his intention to start a new political party. On 9 March 2006 in Mumbai,Thackeray founded party named “Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)”, At the time of the party’s foundation, Thackeray stated that he does not want to have hostilities with his uncle who “was, is and always will be (his) mentor. Also state that Maharashtra State, Marathi language and Marathi Manoos are subverted by the influence of Marathi politicians.He has opposed immigration into Maharashtra from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
On 9 February, expressing his stance on new migrants settling in Mumbai, Raj said, “New immigrants to the city should be denied entry into the city, while those already staying here should show respect to the Marathi ‘manoos’ and his culture.