Ten mind-blowing facts about Lakamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born on 23 July 1856 in Chikhali, Maharastra in a well cultured family.
- Tilak was among the first Indian generation who received education by earning matriculation in 1872, BA in Maths in 1877 and LL.B degree from Governmental college in 1879.
- Tilak, better known as Lok Manya Tilak, co-founded the New English School in 1880 and taught English and Mathematics there.
- Gangadhar Tilak joined the Indian National Congress in 1890. At the Congress session in 1907, Bal Gangadhar Tilak roared like a lion stating “Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it”.
- Tilak was imprisoned on charges of sedition of the masses and was put under rigorous imprisonment for 18 months during 1897-98.
- Tilak spent his most of time reading and writing in prison. His book “Gita-Rahasya” was written by him during six years imprisonment in Burma (now Myanmar).
- Tilak continuously fought against social injustice like child marriage and gave a clarion call for widow remarriage.
- Tilak was known for his sacrifices and highest sense of renunciation. He sacrificed the wealth, comforts, family, happiness and health for his beloved ‘Mother India’.
- Tilak breathed his last on 1 August 1920 in Mumbai.
- Tilak’s funeral was organised in Mumbai at Chowpatty. His funeral was attended by more than 2 lakh people including Mahatma Gandhi, which was the largest in the Indian history.
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