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BAL GANGADHAR TILAK

A Scholar And a Hero Even In jail

The prison in Mandalay, Burma; a small room made of wooden planks; inside, a cot, a table, a chair and a bookshelf this was Tilak's room. There was no protection from wind and cold. And he was cut off from other men. 

By the time Tilak completed one year in this jail, he got a note through one of his friends. The note said that if he accepted certain conditions, then he would be released. Tilak wrote back saying, 'I am now 53 years old. If I live for another ten Years, that means I shall live for five years after I come out of the prison. I can at least spend those five years in the service of the peo ple. if I accept government's conditions, I am as good dead'.

The rigorous imprisonment was reduced to simple imprison ment. So he was allowed to read and write. It was here that he wrote the book 'Gita-Rahasya'. It is a mighty work. 

Tilak wished to forget his loneliness and so was always immersed in reading and writing. By the time his term of six years in the jail was over, he had collected about 400 books. He learnt in the prison,German and French languages with the help of 'Teach Yourself, guides. 

He returned to his old daily routine, which he had given up for want of time. Every morning he used to pray to God, chant hymns like the Gayathri Manthra and perform religious rites; then, he would read and write.

Tilak's, wife passed away in India when he was still rotting in the jail in Mandalay. 

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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
The Sacred Word: 'Swadeshi'
A Shameless Government
The Country's Misfortune
Exciled from the Country
You are Here! 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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