Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid his tribute to freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his 160th birth anniversary.
“The great Bal Gangadhar Tilak inspired several people to devote themselves to the freedom struggle. I bow to him on his birth anniversary,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
“Lokmanya Tilak’s efforts instilled a much needed sense of pride & self-confidence, which contributed in shaping India’s history,” he added.
Tilak was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement.
The British colonial authorities called him ‘Father of the Indian unrest.’
He was also conferred with the honorary title of ‘Lokmanya’, which literally means ‘accepted by the people (as their leader)’.