|The Hon. Bal Gangathur Tilak, the editor of the Poona native journal, the Kesari, is one of the native journalists who have been prosecuted by the Indian Government, for 18 months rigorous imprisonment in 1897 for publishing seditious articles in the Press. When Mr. Tilak was brought up at the police court, the utmost interest was taken in the case by all sections of the population, but especially by the Hindoos.|
|"Mr. Tilak and his printer, Keshar Mahdeo Bal, were, after a long hearing, committed for trial. Application was made in the High Court for release on bail. The case was heard by the Hon. Budrudin Tybyee, a Mahomedan, who granted the application. The decision was received by the crowd outside the court with loud cheers, and then Mr. Tilak, as he drove away, met with an enthsiastic welcome.|
Rabindranath Tagore participated in the collection of fund for this trial.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
History of Armed Revolution --Bal Gangadhar Tilak (contd-10)
Indian nationalist, teacher, social reformer and independence fighter who was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The British colonial authorities derogatorily called the great leader "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)". Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of "Swaraj" (self-rule) in Indian consciousness. His famous quote, "swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!" is well-remembered in India even today