Lokmanya Balagangadhar Tilak, fondly known as ‘Lokmanya’ was born on 22 July, 1856 in Ratnagiri and later moved to Pune. The British gave him the name ‘Father of Indian Unrest’.
Teacher and journalist by profession, Tilak started his political life as a freedom activist and a social reformer.
‘Kesari’ (Marathi) and Mahratta (English) are two newspapers that he published and his slogan ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it’ inspired millions during the freedom struggle.
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Tilak passed away on 1 August 1920 and on his 98th death anniversary, here are few famous quotes by him about nationalism and life.The geologist takes up the history of the earth at the point where the archaeologist leaves it and carries it further back into remote antiquity. Progress is implied in independence. Without self-government neither industrial progress is possible, nor will the educational scheme be useful to the nation. If god is put up with untouchability, I will not call him god. If we trace the history of any nation backward into the past, we come at last to a period of myths and traditions which eventually fade away into impenetrable darkness. Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott. Life is all about a card game. Choosing the right cards is not in our hand. But playing well with the cards in hand determines our success. Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it To be successful, you need family and friends but, to be very successful, you need enemies and competitors. The problem is not the lack of resources or capability, but the lack of will.