He agitated against the proposal to partition Bengal.
For criticising the British rulers, Tilak was looked upon by the British as a thron in
He underwent three terms of imprisonments of which the longest was for six years in
Mandalay prison in Burma. He was charged with sedition.
It was during this imprisonment that he wrote his famous book Gita Rahasya.
When he was released in 1914, he had a hero’s welcome.
After release, he started the Home Rule League in Maharashtra. Swaraj, Swadeshi, Boycott,
and National education formed its programme.
When the Indian National Congress came into being, he took part in some of its sessions
and led its extremist wing.