Desk: In a bizarre incident, a reference book for social studies for class 8 has mentioned that Bal Gangadhar Tilak is a terrorist.
One of the top leaders of Indian freedom struggle, Tilak is considered as father of the Indian national movement. He has been referred as the ‘father of terrorism’ in the book used by private English-medium schools affiliated to Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE).
On page 267 in chapter 22 under the heading, Incidents of National Movement during Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century, the book says, “Tilak demonstrated a path towards national movement, therefore, he is called as the father of terrorism.”
“He clearly believed that “we cannot achieve anything just by pleading the British officers”. Through Shivaji and Ganpati festivals, Tilak aroused unique awareness in the country. He instilled the mantra of freedom among the masses, due to which he became a thorn in the eyes of British,” the book reads.