During an arithmetic session, a primary school teacher asked a question, “If 5 goats took 28 days to finish eating the grass in a meadow, then how many goats would finish it in 20 days?" Even before he could complete, he received the answer '7 goats' from one of the students. Surprised, the teacher looked at the young boy and asked if he solved it mentally or with the help of a notebook. The student directed his index finger towards his head, and the teacher smiled. The student was Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the one who is known for saying 'Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it' and the one who is the pioneer of the Indian freedom struggle.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a freedom activist and an Indian social reformer. One of the strongest advocates of Swaraj (Self Rule) and the prime architects of modern India. Termed as the 'Father of Indian Unrest' by the British Government, he was bequeathed upon with the title ‘Lokmanya’ -- he who is revered by the people, by his followers.
A profound scholar and a brilliant politician, Tilak believed that independence is the foremost right and necessity for a nation's well being. Born on July 23, 1856, after 161 years of his birth, we would like to enlighten you with some of his quotes and teachings which he brought by way of his books.
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