GK Question- 79

Consider the following statements about Bal Gangadhar Tilak:
1. His stood largely against the prevalent rigid social system
2. He believed that there should be an armed revolt against the British instead of Constitutional Agitations
3. His philosophy continued after his death till India got freedom
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 1 & 2
[C]1, 2 & 3
[D]None


Explanation: If you have read about Bal Gangadhar Tilak, you can analyze each of these framed statements and judge their correctness. We discuss them here:
1. His stood largely against the prevalent rigid social system This is an incorrect statement. The first notable point about him is that he opposed the Age of Consent Bill which had raised the age limit for marriage of girls from 10 to 12 years. It is true that he was a reactionary and did not use his influence to help the social reformers, largely because he did not wanted to offend the rigid social system.
2. He believed that there should be an armed revolt against the British instead of Constitutional Agitations This is also a wrong statement. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first intellectual leader to understand the importance of mass support and was the first true mass leader of India. He had realized that constitutional agitation against British was futile. But he also realized that India was ill prepared for an armed revolt. This was the reason that he did not jump into the revolutionary activities like Savarkar and Chapekar brothers.
3. His philosophy continued after his death till India got freedom This statement is also incorrect. His philosophy could not survive after his death as India came under the sway of Gandhi, and it was ultimately the moderates who won the freedom.

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