Bal Gangadhar Tilak

1856 - 1920

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak (; born Keshav Gangadhar Tilak (pronunciation: [keʃəʋ ɡəŋɡaːd̪ʱəɾ ʈiɭək]); 23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920), endeared as Lokmanya (IAST: Lokamānya), was an Indian nationalist, teacher, and an independence activist. He was one third of the Lal Bal Pal triumvirate. The British colonial authorities called him "The father of the Indian unrest". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bal Gangadhar Tilak has received more than 6,619,096 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Bal Gangadhar Tilak is the 54th most popular social activist (down from 52nd in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from India (down from 52nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Indian Social Activist.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a social reformer and freedom fighter who is most famous for his slogan "Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it." He was one of the first to advocate the use of Indian languages in schools and universities.

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Among social activists, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 54 out of 840Before him are Lê Đức Thọ, Yemelyan Pugachev, Alexey Stakhanov, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Carl von Ossietzky, and Izz ad-Din al-Qassam. After him are Fanny Kaplan, Alfred Hermann Fried, Túpac Amaru II, Babak Khorramdin, Stenka Razin, and Alexei Navalny.

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Among people born in 1856, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 14Before him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Robert Peary, Emil Kraepelin, and Georgi Plekhanov. After him are Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ivan Franko, Robert Nivelle, Svetozar Boroević, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, and Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen. Among people deceased in 1920, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 12Before him are Eugénie de Montijo, Anders Zorn, Alexander Kolchak, Alexander of Greece, Princess Margaret of Connaught, and Robert Peary. After him are Max Bruch, Jeanne Hébuterne, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, Inessa Armand, Svetozar Boroević, and Dmitri Ivanovsky.

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Among people born in India, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 53 out of 1,861Before him are Tipu Sultan (1750), Savitribai Phule (1831), Meera (1498), Augustus De Morgan (1806), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), and C. V. Raman (1888). After him are Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Harsha (590), Vyasa (-390), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924), Zubin Mehta (1936), and Radha (null).


Among social activists born in India, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 3Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), and Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904). After him are Gerald Durrell (1925), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Syed Ahmad Khan (1817), Gangubai Kothewali (1939), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Mangal Pandey (1827), Kittur Chennamma (1778), and Kailash Satyarthi (1954).