Bal Gangadhar Tilak's and Annabhau Sathe's jaynti celebrated in the college.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak -
Bal Gangadhar Tilak had famously declared, Swaraj is my birth-right and I will have it. This one statement had a ripple effect on the collective subconscious of Indian people. Lokmanya Tilak was born on July 23, 1856 in Ratnagiri. 'Bal' was the loving name given to him by his mother that remained with him. He had his early education at Pune city school and then, Deccan College. He also received the L.L.B. degree in 1879.
Tilak public life began as a teacher at New English School, Pune. The school was started by himself along with Vishnu Shastri. Lokmanya Tilak soon turned to Journalism and in 1881 started the English weekly Mahratta and Marathi weekly Kesari which he edited jointly with Agarkar.
Tilak was arrested for sedition again, the main charge being that he attempted to excite feelings of disaffection to the government established by law in British India. He was sent to Mandalay jail in Burma, where he wrote his immortal commentary Gita Rahasya on the Bhagvad Gita.
Lokmanya Tilak is credited to popularize Ganesha worship and Shivaji Jayanti as a social festival to unite the countrymen. On July 28, 1920, tilak passed away after a severe attack of Malaria.
Annabhau Sathe -
Annabhau Sathe (1 August 1920 - 18 July 1969) was a social reformer and writer from Maharashtra, India. Annabhau Sathe was born in the village of Wategaon near Sangli in a family belonging to the Dalit community. Annabhau Sathe was denied education due to his caste. Despite lack of formal education, Sathe wrote in Marathi 35 novels, one among which was Fakira (1959).
Fakira, which is currently in its 19th edition, received a state government award in 1961. There are 15 collections of Sathe's short stories. A large number of his short stories have been translated into many Indian and as many as 27 non-Indian languages. Besides novels and short stories, Sathe wrote a play, a travelogue on Russia, 12 screenplays, and 10 ballads - powade (Marathi).
The state government issued in 1998 a collection of his works under the title Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe Nivadak Sahitya. On the issue of a postage stamp of Anna Bhau Sathe at Chembur, Mumbai minister Pramod Mahajan called Anna as a saint of Maharashtra.
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