Bal Gangadhar Tilak, also known as Lokmanya Tilak was an Indian nationalist and a freedom fighter. He was one of the pioneers of Swaraj – “Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it!” He emphasized on cultural and religious movement to attain independence. He was a part of the Indian National Congress. During political life, Tilak was tried for sedition charges thrice by the British government. In 1908 he was also imprisoned in Mandalay due to his misconduct. During his imprisonment, he wrote Gita Rahasya. He was also the publisher of widely read newspaper Kesari. In 1916, he also helped form the All India Home Rule League. Lokmanya Tilak in 1918, Tilak refused to sign the petition to abolish untouchability.