Panaji, August 1, 2017 …. Rich tributes were paid to freedom fighter and noted journalist, Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary at a function held at the Goa Legislative Assembly, Porvorim. On the occasion, the Chief Minister, Shri. Manohar Parrikar garlanded the portrait of the leader and paid homage.
The Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Dr. Pramod Sawant, said the main aim of remembering the leader on his death anniversary was to keep the thoughts of Lokmanya Tilak alive among us.
Dr. Sawant said, “As India progresses, we are forgetting our history. It is therefore important to remember such national icons and get inspired. Lokmanya Tilak was one of those inspirational national figures who spoke of freedom and ‘Swaraj’ (self-rule).
Dr. Sawant added further, “Lokmanya Tilak had studied law and he could have gone abroad and earned for himself. But, yet he decided to stay in India and work for India’s freedom through his writings. He started the Sarvajanik Ganesh celebrations in order to bring people together and discuss issues related to India’s freedom struggle and strengthen national integration.”
Legislature Secretary, Shri. N.B. Subhedar in his address recalled how Lokmanya Tilak’s writings inspired the people to fight against the colonial rule.
Also present on the occasion was the Minister for Housing and Rural Development, Shri. Jayesh Salgaonkar, Leader of the Opposition, Shri. Chandrakant Kavalekar, and MLAs Shri. Rajesh Patnekar and Shri. Isidore Fernandes among others.