By A.K. Bhagwat, G.P. Pradhan
Foreword by way of DR. S. RADHAKRISHNAN, Former President of India. "SWARAJ IS MY BIRTHRIGHT, and that i SHALL HAVE IT!" This biography of Lokmanya Tilak used to be written in collaboration by means of Prof. A.K. Bhagwat and Prof. G.P. Pradhan in 1956, the birthcentenary yr of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The publication used to be presented a prize within the All India pageant held less than the auspices of the All India Congress Committee. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan had written the foreword to this biography.
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Mr. B. G. Tilak was then a lean spare figure with twinkling eyes and a massive head with a short tuft of hair. His dress was as simple as it was later. He wore a large round red turban with no lace end and a flowing long coat4 and a sadra (shirt) inside and carried an angawastra (upper garment) with him, with Dakshini shoes on his feet. Virtually there was no change in his dress from the time we saw him at the college till he expired.... In private hours of study he wore no shirt at all but was to be found in his dhoti, with the upper portion of his body bare, and an angawastra.
It was through him that Tilak acquired a passion for mathematics and in after years he often said that he would have been content to be a teacher of mathematics if India were a free country. Chhatre affectionately called him “Tilkya” and on his death-bed hoped that his brilliant disciple would carry on his tradition of mathematics. Tilak was also fond of science and scientific experiments and it is said that he had actually brought the heart and brain of an ox to his room in the town and dissected them.
A. B. degree, which he obtained in 1879. It was at this time that he seems to have come into very close contact and formed a very close friendship with a young man, who was of the same age but who entered the Deccan College three years later than he. This young man was Gopal Ganesh Agarkar and in many respects he was a kindred soul. ” For a number of years after he met Agarkar, Tilak’s life and activities could not be separated from those of Agarkar and a study of their common environment, their reactions to it and their discussions gives an idea of the main movement of the mind of the 19th century Maharashtra.
Lokmanya Tilak. A Biography by A.K. Bhagwat, G.P. Pradhan