Tilak made Independence struggle really Indian, says Amit Shah


By: Express News Service|New Delhi |

Released: August 2, 2020 12: 43: 06 am

amit shah, Bal Gangadhar Tilak Home Minister Amit Shah pays tribute to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak at an event in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)

Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the one who made India s flexibility battle truly Indian, House Minister Amit Shah stated on Saturday. He stated progress into the future can not be made without pride in the past which Tilak always advocated this.

The House Minister was addressing the inaugural session of a webinar arranged by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on Tilak s 100 th death anniversary.

Those who have studied the history of the Congress will understand it. If any one made India s Independence struggle Indian, it was Tilak, Shah stated.

Elaborating, Shah said Tilak suffused India s flexibility struggle with Indian thought, Indian history, Indian pride and its diverse languages.

He offered the clarion call that Swaraj is my birthright and I will take it. This was no regular sentence. This brought a paradigm shift to the liberty struggle. It turned the motion introduced by the Congress into an individuals s movement, Shah stated.

The House Minister said that if on one hand, Tilak was leading the flexibility struggle, on the other, he was agitating versus cow slaughter. He fought for females s rights, released the Kesari paper and even turned Shiv Jayanti and Ganpati festivals into a public motion, Shah said. If anybody took the values of Shivaji Maharaj to the people, it was Tilak, Shah stated.

He included that if anyone checked out the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, Veer Savarkar and Madan Mohan Malviya, they would realise Tilak had a huge influence on them.

The House Minister prompted the youth to check out Tilak and his work. Tilak is as relevant today as he was 100 years earlier. I want to inform the youth that study Tilak and a lot of your issues will be resolved. It will teach you how to take your remarkable legacy to the future, Shah stated.

Drawing a parallel, Shah said, It was Tilak s advocacy for local languages in the Congress that made everybody speak in their mother tongue during its meetings. Today, PM Narendra Modi has actually brought Sanskrit and regional languages into federal government s education policy.

Shah likewise hailed Tilak as a crusader versus untouchability and said that in 1918, he showed great courage in stating that he would decline a God who backed untouchability.

ICCR president Vinay Sahasrabudhe, who made the introductory remarks, stated, Today, when we talk about Atmanirbhar Bharat, the legacy of Tilak is continued. Reviving the spirit of financial nationalism for indigenously produced goods and striving for social combination through culture are the functions of Tilak s strategy and they continue to matter even today as we observe his 100 th death anniversary on August 1.

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