Bal Gangadhar Tilak has always been invoked as one of the most iconic leaders of Indian nationalist struggle for independence, referred to as “Lokmanya” in the popular memory. Tilak was considered to sow the very first seeds of nationalist consciousness. Started off his journey as a journalist, Tilak started two weeklies, namely, Kesari and Mahratta, in 1880s in order to disseminate ideas of nationalism. Tilak was also instrumental in the establishment of Deccan Education Society in 1884 along with leaders like GG Agarkar, Namjoshi, and VS Apte. The cause of imbibing nationalist spirit was carried forward in conjunction with invoking the past which was undertaken in the acts of celebrating Ganesh Mahotsava and Shivaji Festival. It was later with the formation of Indian National Congress in 1885 that a unified voicing of consciousness started to build.
Tilak played an important role in creating a separate niche for Indian National Congress by separating it from other...
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