English_Master April 11, 2015 No Comments
LOKMANYA BAL GANGADHAR TILAK Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was born on July 23, 1856 at Ratnagiri on the west coast of India. Tilak’s father was a school master who rose to become an inspector of primary schools. Tilak was married at 16, a few months before his father’s death. Tilak took his B.A, degree in 1877 with first class in Mathematics and two years later he became a Bachelor of Law. On January 1, 1880 Tilak, Vishnushastri Chiplunkar and G.G. Agarkar inaugurated an English school named New English School. The school proved a great success and within four years, the number of its students crossed the four-figure mark. These young crusaders started two weeklies-The ‘Maratha” in English and ‘Kesari’ in Marathi in 1881. While the ‘Maratha’ kept in view “the more advanced portion of the community”, the ‘Kesari’ was considered to be an organ of the masses. He had enlightened views on women’s education and his plea for reforming it so as to serve the best interests of the society, still holds good. He opposed child marriages. In 1889, tilak attended the Congress-session for the first time. Two other young men, Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Lala Lajpat Rai also joined the Congress platform. Bipin Chandra Pal whose name was...
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