Rashmi Thackeray is the wife of the 19th CM of Maharashtra and head of Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray. She is the editor of Shiv Sena’s weekly cartoon magazine “Marmik”, and also the spokesperson for Shiv Sena and the daily newspaper “Saamana”. Rashmi is believed to be the woman behind the rise of Uddhav Thackeray.
Rashmi Thackeray was born into a middle-class business family in Dombivli, Maharashtra. He graduated with Bachelor of Commerce from Mulund’s VG Vaze College of Arts, Sciences and Commerce in the 1980s.
Height (approx.): 5 ′ 9 ″
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Black
Family and caste
Fathers and brothers
Rashmi’s father, Madhav Patankar, used to run a small chemical production company. Madhav died at the age of 78 in June 2020. She is the second of her parents’ three children. Rashmi’s brother, Shridhar Patankar, runs a real estate company by the name of Samved Real Estate Private Limited.
Husband and children
Rashmi married Uddhav Thackeray on December 13, 1989. Rashmi is the youngest daughter-in-law of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
The couple have two children, Aaditya and Tejas. The eldest, Aditya, is an MLA from Mumbai Worli and the chairman of Yuva Sena, Shiv Sena’s youth wing. On the other hand, Texas, a conservationist and wildlife researcher, has chosen to stay away from politics.
In 1987, Rashmi Thackeray joined the LIC under its 180-day contract for contract employees. It was at LIC that she became friends with Jayjaywanti, sister of MNS boss Raj Thackeray, who later introduced Rashmi to Uddhav Thackeray. In addition to being an underground political gamer, Rashmi also has a number of business ventures to her name. According to The Quint, she has a business partnership in three companies and also serves as a director in “Samved Real Estate Private Limited” and “Sahyog Dealers Private Limited”. In 2020, she was appointed editor of Shiv Sena weekly cartoon magazine “Marmik” and also spokesperson and daily newspaper for Shiv Sena “Saamana”.
Facts / Trivia
- Rashmi and Uddhav left the Thackeray residence after their marriage and were left alone for two years.
- According to a Hindustan Times report, Rashmi wanted Uddhav to take over the reins of the state in 1999 if the party returned to power; however, Shiv Sena lost that election by a margin of a few seats.
- Rashmi likes to take a back seat, but she knows all about mainstream politics. She is often seen meeting with party workers and Shiv Sena leaders.
- Even at a time when Thackeray’s cousins Raj and Uddhav were reportedly in the race to inherit the legacy of Supreme Sena Bal Thackeray, Rashmi Thackeray played a major role in convincing the party patriarch to give way to Uddhav Thackeray as his heir.
- Political analysts consider her the second most powerful person or the undeclared vice president of the Shiv Sena.
- Shiv Sena workers respectfully refer to Rashmi Thackeray as “Vahinisaheb”.
- She is always accompanied by her husband or her children every time she goes out on the street.
- Uddhav, as a teenager, was not interested in pursuing a career in politics; It was Rashmi who many credited with being the driving force behind Uddhav Thackeray’s rise from wildlife photographer to politician and then CM of Maharashtra.
- In addition to being a loving daughter, a loving mother, and a committed wife, Rashmi has a good ear for music. She is an avid fan of the Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali.