New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid rich tributes to freedom fighters Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad and said they had "ignited the spark" of patriotism among countless Indians.
"I bow to Lokmanya Tilak on his Jayanti. He ignited the spark of patriotism among countless Indians. He successfully mobilised people from all sections of society and deepened the connect between our citizens and India’s glorious past," Prime Minister tweeted. He further wrote, "Lokmanya Tilak also emphasised on education".
In another missive in the micro blogging site, Mr Modi wrote "On his birth anniversary, my tributes to the great Chandra Shekhar Azad. A brave son of Bharat Mata, he sacrificed himself so that his fellow citizens get freedom from colonialism".
"Generations of Indians are inspired by his courage," Mr Modi said.
Born on 23 July, 1856, Bal Gangadhar Tilak died on August 1, 1920. The British colonial authorities called him "The father of the Indian unrest".
Born on 23 July 1906, Chandrashekhar Azad was popularly known as by his self-taken name 'Azad'. He was an Indian revolutionary who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association under its new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA) following the footsteps of the likes of Ram Prasad Bismil and and Ashfaqulla Khan.
Azad died in Allahabad on 27 February 1931.