PM Modi salutes freedom fighters Azad, Tilak on birth anniversaries

Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak were freedom fighters when India was at the peak of its independence movement
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid homage to freedom fighters Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak on their birth anniversaries.

“I salute the courageous Chandra Shekhar Azad, who won the admiration of countless Indians due to his valour, on his birth anniversary,” Modi said in a tweet.

Azad was born on July 23, 1906 in Bhavra village, in the present-day Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

Azad was an Indian revolutionary who joined the revolution for the Indian independence when he was only 15 years old. Azad vowed that he would never be arrested by the British police and kept his promise by shooting himself in the head with his last bullet on February 27, 1931 in Alfred Park in Allahabad.

Modi tweeted: “Lokmanya Tilak’s efforts instilled a much needed sense of pride and self-confidence, which contributed in shaping India’s history.”

Tilak, a scholar, mathematician, philosopher, and ardent nationalist, helped lay the foundation for India’s independence by building his own defiance of British rule into a national movement.

“The great Bal Gangadhar Tilak inspired several people to devote themselves to the freedom struggle. I bow to him on his birth anniversary,” he added.

Tilak died on August, 1 1920.