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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 5,519,941 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Bal Gangadhar Tilak is the 51st most popular social activist (up from 57th in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from India (up from 55th 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 51 out of 538Before him are Yemelyan Pugachev, Stenka Razin, Hassan al-Banna, Shirin Ebadi, Babak Khorramdin, and Alexey Stakhanov. After him are Witold Pilecki, Mukhtar al-Thaqafi, Camilo Cienfuegos, Toussaint Louverture, Dominique Pire, and Túpac Amaru II.

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Among people born in 1856, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 15Before him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Robert Peary, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Emil Kraepelin, Georgi Plekhanov, and Tongzhi Emperor. After him are Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ivan Franko, Svetozar Boroević, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, Robert Nivelle, and John Singer Sargent. Among people deceased in 1920, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 11Before him are Eugénie de Montijo, Peter Carl Fabergé, Robert Peary, Alexander Kolchak, Max Bruch, and Alexander of Greece. After him are Princess Margaret of Connaught, Jeanne Hébuterne, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, Anders Zorn, Svetozar Boroević, and Rosalia Lombardo.

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Among people born in India, Bal Gangadhar Tilak ranks 53 out of 1,493Before him are Amir Khusrow (1253), Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883), Harsha (590), Tipu Sultan (1750), Augustus De Morgan (1806), and Salman Rushdie (1947). After him are Zubin Mehta (1936), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Savitribai Phule (1831), Salman Khan (1965), and Vyasa (-390).


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