Bal Gangadhar Tilak

1856 - 1920

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak (pronunciation ; born Keshav Gangadhar Tilak (pronunciation: [keʃəʋ ɡəŋɡaːd̪ʱəɾ ʈiɭək]); 23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920), endeared as Lokmanya (IAST: Lokmānya), was an Indian nationalist, teacher, and an independence activist. He was one third of the Lal Bal Pal triumvirate. Tilak was the first leader of the Indian independence movement. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bal Gangadhar Tilak has received more than 4,692,023 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Bal Gangadhar Tilak is the 57th most popular social activist (down from 45th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from India (down from 46th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 57 out of 544Before him are Toussaint Louverture, Buenaventura Durruti, Yemelyan Pugachev, Alfred Hermann Fried, Túpac Amaru II, and Lê Đức Thọ. After him are Witold Pilecki, Bhagat Singh, Fra Dolcino, Nicholas Winton, Axel Munthe, and Widukind.

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Among people born in 1856, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 15Before him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Robert Peary, Emil Kraepelin, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Georgi Plekhanov, and Tongzhi Emperor. After him are Robert Nivelle, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Svetozar Boroević, H. Rider Haggard, L. Frank Baum, and Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli. Among people deceased in 1920, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 14Before him are Alexander Kolchak, Alexander of Greece, Max Bruch, Anders Zorn, Princess Margaret of Connaught, and Jeanne Hébuterne. After him are Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, Inessa Armand, Rosalia Lombardo, Dmitri Ivanovsky, Svetozar Boroević, and John Reed.

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Among people born in India, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 55 out of 1,227Before him are Augustus De Morgan (1806), Mahākāśyapa (-550), Tipu Sultan (1750), Mumtaz Mahal (1593), Narendra Modi (1950), and Zubin Mehta (1936). After him are Premchand (1880), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Amir Khusrow (1253), Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), and Cliff Richard (1940).


Among social activists born in India, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 2Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869). After him are Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Syed Ahmad Khan (1817), Gerald Durrell (1925), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Mangal Pandey (1827), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Vandana Shiva (1952), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), and Kittur Chennamma (1778).