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Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Unknown Facts about Bal Gangadhar Tilak

August 1st, 2017
Bal Gangadhar Tilak, one of the most undermined freedom fighters yet among the loved ones, had taken his last breath on this day, the 1st of August. Here are some of the most unheard facts about the great personality on his death anniversary that will make you develop an awe over him:

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement and led to the rise of Indian nationalism.
  • He was also given the honourary title of 'Lokmanya', which means admired (or accepted) by the people.
  • The Britishers called Bal Gangadhar Tilak, 'The Father of the Indian unrest'
  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak joined the Indian National Congress (INC) in the year 1890 and started the fight of self-rule.
  • 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 was one of the first activists who came up with the concept of 'Swaraj'.
  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak started the Swadeshi movement in India. Jamshed Tata and Tilak found Bombay Swadeshi Co-op Stores to promote the movement.
  • 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.
  • In 1880, Bal Gangadhar Tilak started his own newspaper, Kesari which is still published to this day.