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BAL GANGADHAR TILAK

The Sacred Word: 'Swadeshi'

At this time, the 'Swadeshi' movement grew intense. (This was a movement for "boycott of goods made in other coun tries.) Gokhale, Ranade, Paranjape and others had shown the importance of the swadeshi principle. Through newspa pers and lectures, Tilak spread the message to each and every village in Maharashtra. A big 'Swadeshi Market' was opened in front of Tilak's house. Swadeshi goods were sold in the fifty odd stalls of the market.

The slogan of swadeshi was heard every where. Foreign clothes were reduced to ashes. Foreign sugar' was thrown away and local jaggery was used. Swadeshi cotton mills, paper mills and factories to manufacture matches were started.

The students of Rajaram College, Kolha- pur, were to take an examination. They tore the blank books given to them, saying they would not use foreign-made paper. These stud ents were given six lashes each as punishment. And they pleaded that they should be beaten only with a local made cane !

'Swadeshi, Swaraj (self-rule), Boycott and National Education'- these were the sacred words preached by Tilak. And the people made weapons of these words. The tendency grew in Indians to defy slavery. Galvanizing people's love of their country was itself a revolution brought about by Tilak.

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak - A Great Freedom Fighter who called ' The Lion of India'
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
Government's Celebrations Amidst Corpses
"Has the Government gone mad?"
A Lion Even In The Cage
National Leader
You are Here! 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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