Some Lesser Known Facts About Bal Gangadhar Tilak On His 162nd Birth Anniversary
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.
by Vijay Singh | Sun, Jul 22 - 01:19 PM