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Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Bal Gangadhar Tilak, an Indian nationalist, social reformer as well as independence fighter was born on July 23rd 1856 in Madhali Alee (Middle Lane) in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. He was the first admired leader of the Indian Independence Movement, and is often referred as the Father of the Indian unrest. This nationalist leader was one of the first and strongest proponents for complete independence (Swaraj). “Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!”, is the famous quote associated with Tilak.
He graduated from Deccan College, Pune in the year 1877, and then started teaching in a private school situated in Pune, and later turned on to become a journalist. He even taught Mathematics at Fergusson College.

In the year 1880, Tilak started a Marathi daily ‘Kesari’ which meant lion. IN 1890s, he went on to join the Indian National Congress (INC) but opposed its liberal-moderate outlook towards the struggle for self-government. He initiated the celebration of festivals such as 'Ganesh Chaturti' as well as Shiv Jayanti' with intention of encouraging public gathering.
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