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LOKMANYA TILAK JAYANTI

LOKMANYA TILAK JAYANTI

Context:

Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, whose real name was Keshav Gangadhar Tilak, was born 165 years ago on July 23, the day celebrated as Lokmanya Tilak Jayanti.

About Lokmanya Tilak:

  • He was born on 23rd July 1856 in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.
  • He was a freedom fighter and lawyer, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, also known as Lokmanya Tilak.

Tilak’s prevalence in Indian History:

  • He was the 1st leader of the Indian independence movement.
  • The British colonial authorities called him "The father of the Indian unrest."
  • He was also given the title of "Lokmanya", which means "accepted by the people".
  • Mahatma Gandhi called him "The Maker of Modern India".
  • He was one of the 1st and strongest advocates of Swaraj ("self-rule") and a strong radical in Indian consciousness.
  • He is known for his quote: "Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it!".
  • He formed a close alliance with many Indian National Congress leaders including Bipin Chandra Pal, V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, Lala Lajpat Rai, Aurobindo Ghose, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Founded:

  • Founder of the Deccan Education Society (1884) along with his associate Gopal Ganesh Agarkar and others.
  • He was one of the founders of Fergusson College (1885) in Pune through the Deccan Education Society.

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