Some Lesser Known Facts About Bal Gangadhar Tilak On His 162nd Birth Anniversary
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Published by Vijay Singh on 22 Jul 2018
Every Indian must be aware of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who was an independence activist. Apart from that, he was also a journalist, teacher, social reformer and lawyer. Gangadhar Tilak was born on 23rd July 1856.
Bal Gangadhar is well-known for his slogan, “Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it!”
On the occasion of his 162nd birth anniversary, here are some of the unknown facts about Bal Gangadhar that you should know:
- Bal Gangadhar was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement and British colonial authorities called him Father of the Indian unrest.
- He was also given the honorary title of LOKMANYA. Lokmanya means admired or accepted by the people.
- Gangadhar started his own newspaper named Kesari in the year 1880 which is still published to this day.
- Tilak encouraged the Swadeshi movement and the Boycott movement, which was followed by the Partition of Bengal which was a strategy set out by Lord Curzon to weaken the nationalist movement.
- Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal were together referred as Lal-Bal-Pal triumvirate.
- Gangadhar wrote Gita-Rahasya during his six years imprisonment in Burma which is now called Myanmar.
- Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in the houses till 1893.
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak encouraged people to public unity and changed it into a public festival.
- The Indian activist joined the Indian National Congress (INC) in the year 1890 and started the fight of self-rule.
- He was against the Age of Consent Act 1981 and carried out many protests against the bill.
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak started the Swadeshi movement in India.
- Jamshed Tata and Tilak found Bombay Swadeshi Co-op Stores to promote the movement.
- After the Jalianwala Bagh massacre, Bal Gangadhar’s health started declining.
- His health worsened in mid-July 1920 and he was suffering from diabetes. Tilak passed away on August 1, 1920.
- His funeral was held in Mumbai at Chowpatty that was attended by more than 2 lakh people.
- Director Om Raut made the film Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush, which was released on January 2, 2015.