PM Narendra Modi on Friday paid tributes to one of the icons of India’s freedom struggle Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his birth anniversary. Tilak, whose forename was Keshav Gangadhar Tilak, was born 165 years ago today on July 23. Modi tweeted that Tilak’s “ideas and principles are more relevant than ever before in the present situations, when 130 crore Indians have determined to erect an Atma Nirbhar Bharat that is economically prosperous and socially progressive.”
In another tweet, the prime minister said that “Lokmanya Tilak was a rigid believer in Indian values and ethos. His views on subjects such as education and women empowerment continue to instigate several individuals. He was an institution builder, nurturing many top-quality institutions which have done pioneering work over the years.”
Tilak achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with honours from Deccan College in Pune in 1877. In 1879, Tilak graduated from Government Law College with an LL. B and established the Deccan Education Society in 1884 to convey nationalist principles to the young generation.
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