‘Swarajya’…. : Lokmanya Tilak

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Lokmanya Tilak
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When Lokmany called on the people, “Swarajya is my birthright and I will get it, “he told Indians to regain control of their own lives.
His idea was to empower the common man. The idea was different from Gopal Krishna Gokhale’s ‘own state’, that is, working in existing government institutions. After the death of Lokmanya on August 1, 1920, Gandhiji adopted Gokhale’s concept of ‘own state’; Jinnah wen on killing his concept of nationalism, and a result the country was divided.
The common man has not been empowered as tilak imagined.
Lokmanya Tilak and Swami Vivekananda met in 1882 during the Mumbai-Pune journey by train. Lokmanya invited this sannyasa to stay at his house and Swamiji stayed at Lokmanya’s house for ten days. Lokmanya writes in his memories, ‘Swamiji avoided mixing with people. There was not even a speck in his pocket. Swami stayed at Lokmanya’s house for ten days. The courage, struggle, and intelligence shown by Swami Lokmany Tilak, like me, in inculcating national values in the world of journalism, is still a beacon for fearless and impartial journalism.
After his nickname Balwantrao, he got the title ‘Lokmanya’. He had a close relationship with Lala Lajpat Tai, Bipin Chandra Pal, and this trinity was known as ‘Lal, Bal, and Pal’. This was a great contribution to the country’s independence.
Lokmanya Tilak was the leader of an extremist group in Congress and had declared, “Swarajya is my birthright and I will get it.”
The courage, struggle, and intelligence that Lokmanya Tilak displayed in inculcating national values in the world of journalism is still beacon fro fearless and impartial journalism. Lokmanya Tilak used journalism for public service. For this purpose and to raise the voice and aspirations of the people, he established Kesari (Marathi) and Maratha (English) newspapers.
He gave the dimension of movement to the domestic Ganeshostasav to unite the Indians and create national consciousness in them during the period of Partantra. These Ganeshotsavs later took the form of a strong movement against the British. Before him, people used to celebrate Ganesotsav at home.
Tilak ignites the flame of patriotism in the minds of the people through his ‘Kesari’ and ‘Martha’ Newspapers. Becoming a voice is fighting against injustice. Ganeshotsa started by tilak in 128 years old but is still going on the same form and enthusiasm.

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