Up to date: August 1, 2020 1:31:13 pm
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the one who made India’s freedom battle really Indian, Dwelling Minister Amit Shah mentioned on Saturday. He added that the progress into the long run can’t be made with out pleasure previously and that Tilak at all times advocated this.
Whereas addressing the inaugural session of a webinar organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on Tilak’s 100th dying anniversary, Shah mentioned: “Those who have studied history of the Congress will know it. If any one made India’s Independence struggle Indian, it was Tilak.”
Elaborating additional, Shah mentioned Tilak suffused India’s freedom battle with Indian thought, Indian historical past, Indian pleasure and its different languages.
“He gave the clarion call that Swaraj is my birthright and I will take it. This was no ordinary sentence. This brought a paradigm shift to the freedom struggle. It turned the movement launched by the Congress into a people’s movement,” he mentioned.
The Dwelling Minister additionally mentioned that on one hand, Tilak led the liberty battle and on the opposite, he agitated in opposition to cow slaughter. He fought for girls’s rights, revealed the Kesari newspaper and even turned Shiv Jayanti and Ganpati festivals right into a public motion, Shah mentioned.
“If anyone took the values of Shivaji Maharaj to the people, it was Tilak,” he mentioned.
The minister added that if anybody learn the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, Veer Savarkar and Madan Mohan Malviya, they’d realise the large affect Tilak had on them.
shah repeatedly urged the youth to examine Tilak and his work. “Tilak is as relevant today as he was 100 years ago. I want to tell the youth to study Tilak and a lot of your problems will be solved. It will teach you how to take your glorious legacy to the future,” he mentioned, including that webinar had related Tilak’s ideas with the federal government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat program.
Drawing a parallel between Tilak’s ideas and people of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah mentioned, “It was Tilak’s advocacy for local languages in the Congress that made everyone speak in their mother tongue during its meetings. Today, PM Modi has brought in Sanskrit and local languages into government’s education policy.”
Shah additionally hailed Tilak as a crusader in opposition to untouchability and mentioned in 1918, he had proven nice braveness in saying that he wouldn’t settle for a God who endorsed untouchability.
ICCR President Vinay Sahasrabudhe, who made the introductory remarks, mentioned, “Today, when we talk about Atmanirbhar Bharat, the legacy of Tilak has been carried forward. Reviving the spirit of economic nationalism for indigenously manufactured goods and striving for social integration through culture are the features of Tilak’s strategy and they continue to be relevant even today as we observe his 100th death anniversary on August 1.”
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