News: Prime minister has paid tribute to the freedom fighter and educationist Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his 100 death anniversary.
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak: He was an Indian nationalist, teacher and an independence activist.He was also conferred with the title of Lokmanya.
- As Educationist:
- He founded the Deccan Education Society in 1884 along with his associate Gopal Ganesh Agarkar and others to create a new system of education that taught young Indians nationalist ideas through an emphasis on Indian culture.
- The Society also established the Fergusson College in 1885 for post-secondary studies.
- Indian National Congress(INC):
- Tilak joined the Indian National Congress in 1890.He opposed moderate attitude.He along with Lala Lajpat Rai and Bipin Chandra Pal was part of the Lal-Bal-Pal trio of leaders with extremist outlooks.
- Home Rule League: Tilak helped found the All India Home Rule League in 1916–18 with G. S. Khaparde and Annie Besant.
- Tilak’s Home Rule League worked in Maharashtra, Central Provinces and Karnataka and Berar region.Besant’s League was active in the rest of India.
- Newspapers: Kesari (Marathi) and Mahratta (English)
- Books: Shrimadh Bhagvad Gita Rahasya and Arctic Home of the Vedas.
- The declaration of Tilak “Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it” served as an inspiration for future revolutionaries during India’s struggle for freedom.
- A book ‘Indian Unrest’ written by Valentine Chirol, an English journalist stated Tilak the ‘father of Indian unrest’.