Lokmanya Tilak The Indian Nationalist

Lokmanya Tilak

Lokmanya Tilak,born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak (23rd July 1856 -1st August  1920) ,was an Indian nationalist,teacher,social reformer,lawyer and independence fighter who was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence movement,Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of "Swaraj" (self rule) and a strong radical in Indian consciousness.

His famous quote,"Swaraj is my birthright,and i shall have it" is well-remembered in Indian even today.During his freedom struggle in 1897,Bal Gangadhar Tilak was charged with writing articles instigating people to rise against the British Government and to break the laws and disturb the peace.He was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for one and a half year.Tilak was released in 1898.After his release,Tilak launched Swadeshi movement.Though newpapers and lectures,Tilak spread the message to each and every village in Maharashtra.Tilak was also a great social reformer.He issued a call for the banning of child marriage and welcomed widow remarriage.Thourgh the celebrations of Ganapati festival and the birthday of the shivaji he organized people from Hindu and Muslim community to fight against the British government.

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