Press Esc to close
Tuesday 03 May 2016
News updated at 2:48 AM IST
Weather
Max: 36.6°C
Min : 24.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Muslim doctor took care of `Hindu-hriday samrat' in last years

Mumbai, Nov 18, 2012, (PTI)

In one of the nicest ironies in Shiv Sena supremo and `Hindutva' champion Bal Thackeray's life, the doctor who treated him for the past five years and was with him in his last hours was a Muslim.

Dr Jalil Parkar, well known Pulmonologist from Lilavati hospital who had been Thackeray's trusted physician for the last five years, made the announcement of Sena chief's death last evening with tears in his eyes before the crowd of party workers and mediapersons here.

Dr Parkar, a Muslim, earned the faith of Thackeray family after he successfully treated the Sena patriarch's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that makes breathing difficult, some years ago. From thereon, everytime Thackeray developed health complications, Dr Parkar was called in. He became so close to the family that in the recent years he was spotted on the dais with other VIPs at the annual Dussehra rally of Shiv Sena.

Dr Parkar is credited with saving Thackeray's life five times in five years. When senior Thackeray needed a second heart intervention in 2009 (the first was needed in 1996), it was Dr Parkar who prescribed the treatment which was readily accepted by the Sena chief.

When Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Shiv Sena executive president, needed a heart surgery some months ago, it was again Dr Parkar who led the medical team which treated him. Though there was some commentary in political circles about Thackeray's personal doctor being a Muslim, Dr Parkar never commented on this aspect. All he would say was the Sena Chief had been very kind to him.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Flames trail Danica Patrick's car after she crashed into Matt Kenseth...

Flames trail Danica Patrick's car after she crashed into Matt Kenseth...

A Hindu priest holds a traditional lamp as he performs evening prayers called Aarti...

A Hindu priest holds a traditional lamp as he performs evening prayers called Aarti...

A scene at a road during dust storm in Jaipur on Monday...

A scene at a road during dust storm in Jaipur on Monday...

A massive fire broke out in forest areas of Bathuni and Gambr of the Rajouri forest...

A massive fire broke out in forest areas of Bathuni and Gambr of the Rajouri forest...

Thunderstorm seen in the background of Amba Vilasa Palace and Chamaraja Circle, after dizling rain..

Thunderstorm seen in the background of Amba Vilasa Palace and Chamaraja Circle, after dizling rain..

Fishermen throwing a net to catch fish in river Ganga in Kolkata on Monday...

Fishermen throwing a net to catch fish in river Ganga in Kolkata on Monday...

Blue-tailed bee-eaters at Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagaon...

Blue-tailed bee-eaters at Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagaon...

A White Peafowl at its enclosure on a hot summer day at Zoo in Surat...

A White Peafowl at its enclosure on a hot summer day at Zoo in Surat...

Sadhus offer prayers while sitting inside circles of burning dried cow dung cakes...

Sadhus offer prayers while sitting inside circles of burning dried cow dung cakes...

Two White Bucks or Albino Black bucks at their enclosure on a hot summer day at Zoo....

Two White Bucks or Albino Black bucks at their enclosure on a hot summer day at Zoo....