Bala Gangadhar Tilak

Balagangadhar Tilak - He was the man who bought the SWARAJ of an individual in limelight, which eventually formed the basis of our nation’s independence.  He is the one who said the famous quote -  "FREEDOM IS MY BIRTHRIGHT".
FREEDOM IS MY BIRTHRIGHT - Lokamanya Balagangadhar Tilak

Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott.                                                                                                                                                       - Bal GangadharTilak


The man with diverse portfolios who served as a staunch activist, a great lawyer, a sensational teacher, and a people’s favourite Lokamanya. He is Bal Gangadhar Tilak born in the year 1856 in Ratnagiri Bombay. He was born to father Gangadhar Tilak, who was a noted grammarian and mother Parvatibai. Tilak got educated in the Deccan College of Pune and got married subsequently to Satyabhamabai.
He was the man who bought the SWARAJ of an individual in limelight, which eventually formed the basis of our nation's independence. Lokamanya Tilak used religious festivals and symbols as a means to make the lower middle class participate in the nationalist movement, which was earlier open only to the upper educated class. He served many jail terms and got charged with sedition, but his strong will power never let the clouds of negativity overshadow his high spirits.
His main publication include The Arctic Home in the Vedas (1903) and Srimad Bhagvat Gita Rahasya (1915).



HIS STORY: Bal Gangadhar Tilak started his journey of graduation in arts with mathematics as a subject. Eventually, according to the rule he then got admission in the Masters of Arts. However, due to unknown reasons boiling in his heart, he left his post-graduation midway and enrolled in the study of Law LLB. Again the winds of destiny drifted him and he ended up being a mathematics teacher in a private school after completing his law degree. All was not yet settled as due to some difference of opinion with his colleagues he chose to do the study of journalism and became one of the finest public speakers in the niche of religion, nation, and practicality.
OUR LESSON: Why to be so rigid? The man of 21st century wants to have passion and a straight line to a career starting from his teenage. We need to learn, that it is not the way life works. Life has its own course and the only steering wheel available is the wheel of optimism, which keeps our sail balanced in storms as well as gives us the direction in calm times. Stop being so rigid when it comes to life. You have got only one life, try tones of things and you never know what might work. If what you are doing right now, is making you happy and keeping you satisfied then all is well done, if not then be a daring man to change. Life is not about having a long vacation, life is about taking a holiday from regular work, compromising for your spouse and being happy in harsh times.


  • Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!
  • Religion and practical life are not different. To take sanyasa (renunciation) is not to abandon life. The real spirit is to make the country, your family, work together instead of working only for your own. The step beyond is to serve humanity and the next step is to serve God.
  • It may be providence's will that the cause I represent may prosper more by my suffering than by my remaining free.
  • If we trace the history of any nation back into the past, we come at last to a period of myths and traditions which eventually fade away into impenetrable darkness.
  • If God is put up with untouchability, I will not call him God


Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a man of variable vocation, a man with a steel heart, a man with a determined soul and foremost of all an optimistic man. He passed away on 1 August 1920 but left a permanent mark on every Indian’s heart for his efforts which ultimately led to India’s independence.

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