New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to freedom fighters Lokmanya Tilak and Chandrasekhar Azad on their birth anniversary.
‘A Salute to the two brave sons of Mother India, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandrashekhar Azad on their birth anniversary,’ the PM said in a tweet.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856-920) was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The British colonial authorities called him “The father of the Indian unrest.” Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of ‘Swaraj’ (self-rule) and a strong radical in Indian consciousness. He is known for his quote in Marathi, “Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it!”. He had also started two weeklies, Kesari in Marathi and Maratha in English.
Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906-1931), popularly known as by his self-taken name ‘Azad’ (The Free), was an Indian revolutionary who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association under its new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA) after the death of its founder, Ram Prasad Bismil, and three other prominent party leaders, Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Ashfaqulla Khan.