Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of ‘Swaraj’, meaning ‘self-rule’. He was the one who coined the phrase ‘Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it!’ He was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement and was called as ‘The father of the Indian unrest’ by the British colonial authorities. During his lifetime, he had been tried thrice -1897, 1909 and 1916 – of tried of sedition charges by the British Indian government. In 1897, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. When he emerged from prison in Bombay, present-day Mumbai, he was revered as a national hero. In 1909, he was charged with sedition and racial animosity between Indians and British. Tilak was sentenced to six years in prison. On his 98th death anniversary, here’s a look on how Mumbai paid tribute to the Lokmanya.
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) is a railway terminal within Mumbai managed by the Central Railway. Initially, the station was called Kurla Terminus. In 1996, the civic body approved a proposal to rename Kurla Terminus after Lokmanya Tilak. The proposal was accepted in 1996 by the then Union Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani at the request of the then Minister of State of Railway Ram Naik. Later, Gurudas Kamat, the Lok Sabha member from Mumbai North-East, submitted a memorandum asking the station to be renamed after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Lokmanya Tilak Express
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus–Coimbatore Express is a daily express train of Indian Railways and operated by Central Railway zone, running between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Coimbatore Junction.
Tilak Nagar is a railway station on the Harbour Line of the Mumbai Railway Network, comprising of two platforms. The North line goes to the Chembur Railway station while the South line goes to Kurla railway station. The city was built in the 1960s, initially comprised of chawls, is now getting a facelift with new residential high-rises and towers and commercial developments. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor used to reside in a chawl in Tilak Nagar.
Did you know?
Lal Bal Pal (Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal) were a triumvirate of assertive nationalists in British-ruled India from 1905 to 1918.