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Tilak is famous for his multi-faceted personality as a philosopher, a mathematician, promoter of Dharma and a legal expert. It is his principled and unrelenting personality that earned him the title of ‘Lokmanya’. The tough and fiery journalism of Lokmanya Tilak was instrumental in initiating the movement during pre-independence period for bringing about change in the mental setup of the people. * He was a traditionalist- both personally and ideologically. For him, throwing the Britishers out was the first priority.

* He led a simple life, and offered himself- his body and soul, to the service of his country. Tilak had no property. His clothes were very simple. He dressed in a dhoti, a shirt, a shawl on the shoulder and a red 'Pagadi' (a Marathi cap) on his head. In many ways he was the architect of India’s Freedom Struggle. His ideas and efforts were carried on by equally worthy next generation of leaders Gandhi ji, Patel, Nehru and others.

* Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born in Ratnagiri on July 23 1856, a year before the first war of Independence fought in 1857. Lokmanya was a title conferred on him by the public while the British called him the “father of Indian unrest”. He was an Indian nationalist, social reformer, teacher, journalist, editor, Sanskrit scholar, a great mathematician and freedom fighter who was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement. “Swaraj ha maza janmasidha adhikar aahe ani to mi milavinach” [meaning: “Swaraj (self rule) is my birthright and I shall have it.”] This statement made by him is world famous even today and has inspired thousands to stand up for their rights.

* Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a bright child and very good at mathematics. The problems which would take minutes for a person to solve on the paper, Bal Tilak would do them mentally and give the answer. He…...

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