New Delhi, August 1: Politicians across party lines on Wednesday paid tribute to Bal Gangadhar Tilak (Lokmanya Tilak) on his 98th death anniversary. Lokmanya Tilak, a nationalist, teacher, social reformer, freedom fighter, lawyer and independence activist, died on August 1, 1920. Known as the strongest advocates of 'Swaraj' or self-rule. Tilak gave the slogan 'Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it.'
Lokmanya Tilak is regarded as the 'first leader of Indian Independence movement'. While the British called him the "father of Indian unrest", Mahatma Gandhi paid tribute to him as "the maker of modern India". India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru called him "the father of Indian revolution."
Here are messages posted on Twitter on Lokmanya Tilak's death anniversary:
My humble tributes to the great social reformer,teacher,nationalist & the father of Indian National Movement Lokmanya #BalGangadharTilak ji on his punyatithi. His thoughts encouraged people towards freedom movement.He will always be remembered as an inspirational freedom fighter. pic.twitter.com/oQf0RBZGgN
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) August 1, 2018
My tributes and salutations to an icon of India & a great Punekar #BalGangadharTilak who inspired, galvanised & organised millions to join the freedom struggle & imbibed us with the most important dictum that "Swaraj is our birth right" 🙏🙏🙏
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) August 1, 2018
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 1, 2018
MPCC President @AshokChavanINC MRCC President @sanjaynirupam along with Senior leaders and karyakartas pay tribute to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his Death Anniversary #BalGangadharTilak pic.twitter.com/9HHYNsF4vY
— MumbaiCongress (@INCMumbai) August 1, 2018
Earlier this week, PM Narendra Modi also remembered Lokmanya Tilak during his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat'. Remembering Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Modi said, "Lokmanya Tilak evoked self-confidence amongst our countrymen and gave the slogan ‘Swaraj is our birthright and I shall have it'. Today is the time to say that good governance is our birthright and we will have it."