Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his 100th death anniversary.

Tilak was one of the firebrand freedom fighters and the strongest proponent of ‘purna swaraj’.

Taking it to Twitter, PM Modi said, “India bows to Lokmanya Tilak on his 100th Punya Tithi. His intellect, courage, sense of justice, and the idea of Swaraj continue to inspire.”

Tilak, born as Keshav Gangadhar Bal Gangadhar Tilak, tirelessly contributed to help the country break free from the British rule. He gave the slogan of ‘Swaraj is my birth right’.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a part of the Lal-Bal-Pal (Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal) troika and was called the ‘father of the Indian unrest’ by British colonial rulers.

He was a scholar, a writer, mathematician and a philosopher. He was given the title, ‘Lokmanya’, meaning ‘beloved leader’, by his followers. He died on August 1, 1920 in Mumbai.