Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 1
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak made India’s freedom wrestle Indian by advocating the truth that progress in any type might by no means be achieved with out having an appreciation for previous glories, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated on Saturday.
Inaugurating a global webinar, “Lokmanya Tilak: Swaraj to Atmanirbhar Bharat”, to mark the centenary dying anniversary of the nice freedom fighter, the Home Minister stated: “Those who have studied the history of the Congress will know it. If anyone, who had made India’s Independence struggle Indian, it was Tilak.”
The occasion was organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) headed by senior BJP chief and Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabudhe.
Elaborating additional the idea, Shah stated: “Tilak Maharaj gave the clarion call that Swaraj is my birthright and I will take it. This was no ordinary sentence. This brought a paradigm shift to India’s freedom struggle. It turned the movement launched by the Congress into a people’s movement.”
Highlighting Tilak’s contribution in bringing about social reforms, the Home Minister stated the nice chief agitated towards cow slaughter, as he additionally fought for girls’s rights, printed the Kesari newspaper and even turned Shiv Jayanti and Ganpati festivals right into a public motion.
“If anyone, who took the values of Shivaji Maharaj to the people, it was Tilak,” he added.
Further showering reward, Shah stated: “If you read the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi, Veer Savarkar and Madan Mohan Malviya, you can easily make out that all of them had a bit of Tilak in them.” He additionally urged the youth to examine Tilak and his work.
Drawing a parallel between Tilak’s ideas and people of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah stated: “It was Tilak’s advocacy for local languages in the Congress that made everyone speak in their mother tongue during its meetings. Today, PM Modi has brought in Sanskrit and local languages into government’s education policy.”