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Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s 100th death anniversary

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s 100th death anniversary:


One of the firebrand freedom fighters and the strongest proponent of ‘purna swaraj’ or ‘total self-rule’, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s 100th death anniversary was observed on August 1st.


  • Part of the Lal-Bal-Pal (Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal) troika, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was called ‘father of the Indian unrest” by British colonial rulers.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru called him the ‘father of Indian revolution’.
  • Mahatma Gandhi described Tilak as ‘the maker of modern India’.

His famous slogan:

His slogan ‘Swaraj is my birth right and I shall have it’ caught the imagination of a country fighting to free itself from the colonial rule.


Tilak’s birth anniversary was on 23rd July. A detailed article has already been published. Hence, we request you to go through this article:



Prelims Link:

  1. Extremists vs Moderates in the Indian National Congress.
  2. Who founded All India Home Rule league? What were the objectives?
  3. Newspapers published by Tilak.
  4. Tilak’s association with the Deccan Education Society.
  5. About Gita Rahasya.
  6. Who described Tilak as the “maker of modern India”.

Mains Link:

Bal Gangadhar Tilak played a vital and major role in India’s freedom struggle. Discuss.

Sources: the Hindu.