Today in History: 1st August 1920

Today is the 95th Death Anniversary of the great freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Popularly known as ‘Lokmanya’, Tilak co-founded the Deccan Education Society in Pune and the Kesari (Marathi) & Mahratta (English) newspapers.

BG Tilakस्वराज्य हा माझा जन्म सिद्ध हक्क आहे आणि तो मी मिळवणारच (Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it!)

 Did you know that on 22 July 1924, the Poona City Municipality unveiled the statue of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak outside the  Mahatma Phule Mandai. You can about it and a lot more about Lokmanya Tilak and the Mandai and many different stories of Pune’s contribution in India’s Freedom Struggle in the book The Freedom Trail Pune.

Here’s a *sneak preview* of what’s in the book!

Kesari Wada

Today in History: 22 June 1897

Chapekar

Around the end of 19th century, Pune was hit by plague. Walter Charles Rand, a British officer was appointed as Plague Commissioner. Under the pretext of prevention of epidemic, Rand’s sergeants perpetrated harsh and offensive measures against the common folk, particularly women.

On the evening of 22nd June 1897,  Walter Rand and Lt. Ayerst were returning from the Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria taking place at the ‘Government House’ (now the main building of Savitribai Phule Pune University) when the Chapekar brothers (Damodar and Balkrishna Chapekar) open fired and killed them for atrocities committed on the people of Pune under the guise of plague eradication.

Read more stories about the Chapekar brothers in the Book: The Freedom Trail Pune

Today in History: Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Today in history: The 149th Birth Anniversary of Gopal Krishna Gokhale: founder of Servants of India Society which was formed to promote education, healthcare, sanitization and fight discrimination & untouchability. On the Hill behind the Fergusson College, is the Gokhale Smarak Stambh, where Gopal Krishna Gokhale took the vows of the Servants of India Society. The Servants of India Society established the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in. G.K. Gokhale is associated the moderate school of thinking popularly called the ‘Mavalwadis’ who were directly in opposition with the ‘Jahalwadis’.

Read more stories about the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and G.K Gokhale in the Book: The Freedom Trail Pune

Today in history: Vasudeo Hari Chapekar

Today in history: Today is the Death Anniversary of Vasudeo Hari Chapekar, the youngest of the three Chapekar Brothers. On 22 June 1897, the Chapekar Brothers open fired and killed the British Officers Rand and Ayerst near Ganeshkhind (for atrocities committed on the people of Pune under the guise of plague eradication). They were arrested and sentenced to death for the murders. Vasudeo Hari Chapekar and Mahadeo Vinayak Ranade, killed the Dravid brothers (who had supplied information to the Police about the Chapekar brothers) near Khunya Murlidhar Mandir. Both were sentenced to death for the murders and Vasudeo Hari Chapekar was executed on this day in 1899. Mahadeo Vinayak Ranade was executed on 10th May 1899.

Read more stories about the Chapekar brothers in the Book: The Freedom Trail Pune

Today in history: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Today in history: Today is the Death Anniversary of Swatantryaveer Savarkar. Did you know that the room where he stayed in the Fergusson College hostel has been preserved till date? The room is opened specially for the public on this date! You can also visit the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Memorial, opposite the Vimlabai Garware School on Karve Road which has been built next to the spot where Savarkar burnt foreign-made goods, raising the ‘Swadeshi’ call, during the Independence struggle.

Today in History: Vasudev Balwant Phadke

4 Nov is the Birth anniversary of the pioneering revolutionary (आद्य क्रांतिवीर) of Maharashtra: Vasudev Balwant Phadke. He was born on 4th November 1845.

Vasudev Balwant Phadke lived in Pune at the Narsimha Mandir in Sadashiv Peth from 1865 to 1879 and has a blue plaque dedicated to him!

Narsimha Mandir - Copy

Did you know that there’s a memorial dedicated to this freedom fighter in Pune? You can about it and a lot more about Vasudeo Balwant Phadke in the book The Freedom Trail Pune.

Here’s a *sneak preview* of what’s in the book!

Freedom Trail Pune

The Indian Department of Posts also issued a commemorative stamp in his honour on 21 Feb 1984!

Vasudev Balwant Phadke