Bal Thackeray and G M Banatwala laying the foundation stone of the Naya Nagar

By Zeeshan Shaikh

Naya Nagar in the Mumbai suburb of Mira Road that finds itself in the midst of communal tension, following the Ayodhya Ram Temple consecration, was once imagined as a haven precisely against this.

Around 44 years back, two men representing opposite ends of the political spectrum had come together to lay the foundation of the housing colony in Thane district — one was Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, the other Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader G M Banatwala.

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