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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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