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Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Government's Celebrations Amidst Corpses 

In 1896, famine broke out in India. Tilak pressed the government to relieve the distress of the people at once. 

He helped the farmers affected by the famine. He col lected information about the conditions in every district and published it in the 'Mahratta' and the 'Kesari'.

Plague broke out while the people were still in the grip of famine. Tilak opened some hospitals and, with the help of volun- teers, looked after the patients.

Though the people were in the grip of famine and plague, the government was indifferent. The Viceroy himself said that there was no cause for anxiety. He also said that there was no need to start a 'Famine Relief Fund'! Revenue collection went on as usual. The government's indifference was severely criticized in the articles published in Tilak's papers. They published fearlessly reports about the havoc caused by famine and plague and government's utter irresponsibility and indifference. In the editorials, Tilak made appeals to the people and gave them advice. He explained to them the 'Famine Relief Act'. He exhorted them to demand relief from the govern ment as their right. "Are you cowards even while you are dying? Can't you gather courage?" So he questioned the people.He gave cons- tructive suggestions to the govern ment to arrest the plague.

The government made preparations to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign. On one side, people were busy cremating the victims of the plague; on the other side, the governments was busy making arrangements for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations! 

At last, the government appointed a Special Plague Offic er to arrest the havoc of the plague. His name was Rand and he was more terrible than the plague itself. He sent armed soldiers to make the people vacate the houses which plague had entered. 

The soldiers forcibly entered the houses and terrified the people with their guns. They admitted to the hospi tals some one they could catch no matter whether he was suffering from plague or not. They took the remaining members of the family to distant camps; they burnt all their belongings on the assumption that they carded the infection. 

Rand Sahib became a worse plague than the plague itself.

But, in his own hospitals, Tilak was toiling day and night to save the lives of plague- affected people. 

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Swaraj is our birth-right
About Tilak
Introduction
Intelligent But Mischievous
Childhood
College
Dedication to the Country
The New School-A Banyan Tree
World of Journalism
Prison
Farewell To His Own Institution
Significant Years
You are Here! Government's Celebrations Amidst Corpses
"Has the Government gone mad?"
A Lion Even In The Cage
National Leader
The Sacred Word: 'Swadeshi'
A Shameless Government
The Country's Misfortune
Exciled from the Country
A Scholar And a Hero Even In Jail
In India
Swaraj - Our Birth Right!
A Light Sixty Years Old
In England
The Lion of India is No More
A Great Life A Great Man

 
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