Nation on Tuesday paid tributes to freedom fighters Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad on their birth anniversaries and hailed their contribution to the country’s independence movement.
A journalist, teacher, social reformer and lawyer, Bal Gangadhar Tilak acted as an instrument to plunge the freedom movement and sacrificed his entire life in the struggle for liberation.
Tilak, in 1880, he started his own newspaper, Kesari which is still published to this day. He co-founded the New English School in 1880 and taught English and Mathematics there. The successful school blossomed forth first into the Deccan Educational Society (1884) and later into Fergusson College (1885).
On Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s 163rd birth anniversary, the prime minister said a grateful nation will always remember his contribution.
भारत माता के वीर सपूत चंद्रशेखर आजाद को उनकी जयंती पर मेरी विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि। वे एक निर्भीक और दृढ़ निश्चयी क्रांतिकारी थे, जिन्होंने देश की आजादी के लिए अपने जीवन की आहुति दे दी। उनकी वीरता की गाथा देशवासियों के लिए प्रेरणा का एक स्रोत है। pic.twitter.com/nuHIfqi62J
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2019
He dedicated his life for the cause of “Purna Swaraj” (complete self-rule), PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.
He was a part of Lal-Baal-Pal Trivedi who represented traditional ideas in the Congress party. “He is known for the slogan of ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I will be taking it’.
legendary Indian revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad. One of the heroes of the Indian freedom struggle, Azad was born on July 23, 1906 in Madhya Pradesh.
An independent India was Azad’s most cherished dreams. He had also trained Bhagat Singh and his comrades and was known for incidents such as Kakori train robbery, Central Legislative Assembly bombing and the shooting of British Police officer John Saunders in Lahore that jolted the British imperialist government.
Azad’s favourite verse was: Dushman ki goliyon ka hum samna karenge, Azad hi rahein hain, azad hi rahenge!