Many revolutionists dot the lines of our independence journey who made a sterling contribution to our country. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a national hero from Maharashtra, was one of the strongest activists in Indian history who challenged old Hindu norms for a better India.
Born on 23rd July 1856, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was one of the brightest students at those ancient times where studies were hardly considered. He received his graduation degree from Deccan college of Pune in 1877. After trying two times to clear his Masters, he gave up on the idea and joined a college as a mathematics teacher. His ideas and values were different from his colleagues that led him to the resignation from services and join journalism. Later, with some friends, he organized the Deccan Education Society to improve the quality of education being taught at that point of time.
In 1890, since Bal Gangadhar Tilak started revolutionizing the current India. He joined Indian National Congress to make better movements and to reach out to the maximum public. He strongly opposed the early age marriages of girls. Although he himself was a part of it, he kept interfering with the 1891 Age of Consent Bill and spread the word all over the state. Bal Gangadhar Tilak used Kesari and Maratha newspapers to reach out his voice to the nation.
On 30th April 1908, erroneously two women were killed in the assassination of Chief Presidency Magistrate Douglas Kingsford of Calcutta fame and one of the revolutionists was hanged. The next day, Bal Gangadhar Tilak defended the revolutionist Bose by calling out Swarajya in Tilak. The next day he was arrested by British Police and sent to Mandalay prison for six years.
The imprisonment had weakened his movements. As a result, he settled for agitations set by his rivals. He tried convincing Gandhi to leave Non-Violence and support Swarajya but couldn’t change his mind. Later, after trying years to implement his radical facts, he himself started travelling from places to places to ask the nationalists join his self-rule movement. Today, he is remembered for his famous quote for which he fought throughout his political career:
“Swarajya is my birthright, and I shall have it!”
On July 23rd, the birthday of this great leader, lets pay our respect and bow our head for the great reforms and movements he brought about to our country during his lifetime.