Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak are those freedom fighters who had carved a cult figure in India's struggle for independence. Both the freedom fighters share a common birthdate, i.e. July 23. Come Monday, India will be celebrating Chandra Shekhar Azad's 113th birth anniversary, whereas it will celebrate the 162nd birth anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
One of the most revered freedom fighters in their times, both Azad and Tilak had crucial roles to play in India's independence. Azad was born in a village in Alirajpur, in Madhya Pradesh, in the year 1906. On the other hand, Tilak was in Ratnagiri in the year 1856.
Remembering their sacrifice and the hardships that they faced during the colonial era, PM Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and former cricketer Virender Sehwag amongst many paid rich tributes to the revolutionary freedom fighters on their birth anniversary.
Azad’s contribution to India’s freedom has been immense. At a young age of 15, he was punished by the British police and sentenced to 15 lashings. As people on social media, esp. Twitter, were paying rich tributes to the freedom fighter, we bring to you a list of best tributes.
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wishing on Chandra Shekhar Birth Anniversary:
On his birth anniversary, my tributes to the great Chandra Shekhar Azad. A brave son of Bharat Mata, he sacrificed himself so that his fellow citizens get freedom from colonialism. Generations of Indians are inspired by his courage.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2018
2. Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan wished both, Chandra Shekhar Azad and Lokmanya Tilak:
T 2876 -Two historic events for - 23rd July:
Bal Gangadhar Tilak Birth Anniversary – 23 July
Chandra Shekhar Azad Birth Anniversary – 23 July
naman ..🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳🌹🌹 pic.twitter.com/jPAlymiWGs
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 23, 2018
3. Former Flamboyant Cricketer Virender Sehwag Also Paid Tributes:
Remembering the "Hero of Kakori" #ChandraShekharAzad and the great Lokmanya Tilak on their Birth Anniversary. Born 50 years apart from each other, their work , sacrifice and name continues to inspire generations of our youth. Jai hind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/XsTSOZmKrj
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2018
4. All-India Trinamool Congress Paid Tributes Too!
Homage to Chandra Shekhar Azad on his Birth Anniversary pic.twitter.com/sMfwLlcXz7
— AITC (@AITCofficial) July 23, 2018
5. CISF Headquarters Wasn't Left Behind!
#CISF pays tribute to the great leader of 'Indian Revolution' #BalGangadharTilak & revolutionary freedom fighter #ChandraShekharAzad on their birth anniversary. Their ideals & unconditional love for the motherland will continue to inspire generations. pic.twitter.com/wZZNvWkuuF
— CISF@India (@CISFHQrs) July 23, 2018
One of the revolutionary freedom fighters, Chandra Shekhar Azad was a mentor to many young freedom fighters, like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru. It is said that the Britishers were unable to arrest him, as he was a master in disguise. It was only after one of his colleagues divulged his details that led to him being trapped in a park by the Englishmen. There he bravely thwarted off the British policemen; however, with only a bullet left, he shot himself instead of surrendering!
Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first to advocate about 'Swaraj'. His dialogue, "Swaraj is my birth-right and I shall have it," still rings in our ears when we talk about him. He was conferred the title of 'Lokmanya' for his leadership qualities.