Bal Gangadhar Tilak, popularly known as Lokmanya Tilak, was an Indian teacher, social-reformer, lawyer, journalist and a nationalist. He played an instrumental role in the Indian Struggle for Independence. He was conferred the title of ‘Lokmanya’ (Lokmanya is a Hindi word which literally means ‘accepted by the people as their leader’) by the general public. He is often referred to as the ‘Father of Indian Unrest’.
He was the foremost supporter of the idea of ‘Swaraj‘ (which means independence) and waking the consciousness of people towards the idea of Swaraj. Due to his staunch support of Swaraj, his ideas found themselves at loggerheads with the idea of ‘Ahimsa’ or non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that for the purpose of achieving independence, force could also be used, but only when it is necessary to do so. He also wrote a book named ‘The Arctic Home in the Vedas’ in 1903 in which he argued that the Vedas could have been only published in the Arctics and nowhere else. Not only this, he also tried to ascertain the time of Vedas by making use of the positions of Nakshtras. His powerful words moved the people by thousands. Even today, his words have not lost their relevance.
So let’s have a look at some of the quotes of Lokmanya Tilak which will respect him even more:
1. “Freedom is my birthright. I must have it.”
2. “Progress is implied in independence. Without self-government neither industrial progress is possible, nor the educational scheme will be useful to the nation.”
3. “If God is put up with untouchability, I will not call him God.”
4. “You will never reach your destination if you stop & throw stones at every dog that barks…better, keep biscuits and move ahead.”
5. “The geologist takes up the history of the earth at the point where the archaeologist leaves it, and carries it further back into remote antiquity.”
6. “If we trace the history of any nation backwards into the past, we come at last to a period of myths and traditions which eventually fade away into impenetrable darkness.”
7. “Life is all about a card game. Choosing the right cards is not in our hand. But playing well with the cards in hand, determines our Success..”
8. “It is true that lack of rain causes famine but it is also true that the people of India have not the strength to fight the evil. The poverty of India is wholly due to the present rule.”
9. “To be successful, you need family & friends but, to be very successful, you need enemies & competitors.”