Nationalist and journalist. Born Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the Ratnagiri district, India. He joined the Indian National Congress, but opposed its moderate attitude. Imprisoned for sedition in 1908. He helped found the 'All India Home Rule League'. It appears that his only reason for visiting Britain was to bring a libel case against the writer Valentine Chirol who had called him the 'father of Indian unrest' He was conferred with the honorary title 'Lokamanya' meaning 'accepted by the people'. Died in Bombay.
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