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Inspirational quotes by Lokmanya Tilak that are relevant even today


Lokmanya Tilak

Though we fondly call him ‘Lokmanya’, British labelled him ‘Father of Indian Unrest’.

Born on July 22, 1856 to a Sanskrit Scholar in Ratnagiri, Keshav Gangadhar Tilak later shifted to Pune. A teacher and journalist by profession, Tilak initiated his political life as a social reformer and freedom activist. He was one of the first few leaders to advocate for ‘swaraj’ or self rule. He published two newspapers –Kesari (Marathi) and Mahratta (English) –that actively circulated the cause of national freedom. His slogan ‘Swaraj is my birth right, and I shall have it’ inspired millions of youths.

  • Progress is implied in independence. Without self-government neither industrial progress is possible, nor will the educational scheme be useful to the nation.
  • If god is put up with untouchability, I will not call him god.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!
  • To be successful, you need family and friends but, to be very successful, you need enemies and competitors.
  • The problem is not the lack of resources or capability, but the lack of will.
  • Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott.

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