TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Remembering Bal Gangadhar Tilak on death anniversary
• Bal Gangadhar Tilak was an independence activist who was also a journalist, teacher, social reformer and lawyer.
• He was born on July 23, 1856, and died on August 1 in the year 1920.
• He is better known for the quote "Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it!"
• Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement and led to the rise of Indian nationalism.
• The Britishers called Bal Gangadhar Tilak, 'The Father of the Indian unrest'.
• He was also given the honourary title of 'Lokmanya', which means admired (or accepted) by the people.
• Tilak is known as the 'Father of Swarajya' as he was one of the first independence activists to advocate 'Swaraj' and make it a part of the independence movement.
• He joined the Indian National Congress (INC) in the year 1890 and started the fight of self-rule.
• In 1880, he started his own newspaper, Kesari which is still published to this day.
• Bal Gangadhar Tilak started the Swadeshi movement in India.
• Tilak had a political regime with Bipin Chandra Pal and Lala Lajpat Rai and they were referred as the 'Lal-Bal-Pal triumvirate'.
• Bal Gangadhar Tilak was against the Age of Consent Act, 1891. He opposed and protested at every level so that the government would regulate the Act.
• In 2007, the Government of India released a coin to commemorate Tilak on his 150th birth anniversary.