“Lokmanya Tilak is like an ocean. As one reads, one can unearth more and more facets of his personality and work. While his contribution to the freedom struggle and national education is well known, careful study is found wanting regarding his contribution to social reforms, business, the Marathi lexicon, and the labour movement in India”, said Dr. Deepak Tilak, Editor and Trustee of Kesari and Chancellor of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. Dr. Tilak is the great grandson of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. He was speaking as Chief Guest at a function to release a commemorative volume on Lokmanya Tilak’s death centenary titled: Swatantrata to Atmanirbharata – Lokmanya Tilak’s Legacy. The function was held at IMDR on 31st July, eve of Lokmanya’s death anniversary. The book has been published by Deccan Education Society’s IMDR. The editors are Dr. Giribala Dewasthale and Dr. Abhijeet Shivane, Associate Professors at DES’s IMDR.
Dr. Tilak praised Deccan Education Society and IMDR for their thought-provoking tribute to Lokmanya Tilak on his death centenary. Shri Mahesh Athavale, Vice Chairman of the Governing Body and Council, DES, introduced the book. The book comprises 19 essays on the following themes: Polity and Politics, Business and Economy, Education and Social Change and National Consciousness. The book is unique in that the contributors come from diverse backgrounds including law, medicine, armed forces, company secretary, management, teaching, and academics. This reflects Lokmanya Tilak’s appeal across demographics. The book is an attempt to revisit and interpret the thoughts and ideals of Lokmanya Tilak in the present context. The book includes contributions from IMDR faculty members, students, and alumni too.
Earlier in the event Shri Aniruddha Deshpande, Managing Director and Promoter of City Group and Guest of Honour for the event, unveiled a mural painting on the life of Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, revolutionary, freedom fighter and poet. The painting depicts various events from Veer Savarkar’s life – his youth and taking an oath to serve the motherland; as a student in Fergusson College; his mentors and idols Lokmanya Tilak, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Vasudeo Balwant Phadke; the British merchant vessel Morea from which he attempted his daring escape; boycott and burning of foreign goods; his incarceration in cellular jail Andaman; and the Patit Pavan Mandir established by him in Ratnagiri in 1931 – a place of worship open to all castes. Speaking at the event Shri Deshpande said that he is always willing to support DES in their efforts to preserve and promote their rich heritage.
Dr. Sharad Kunte Chairman of the Governing Body and Council, Deccan Education Society, presided over the event. Speaking at the event Dr. Kunte said that India has a lot to offer to the world. But the world will listen only to a strong and capable India. Therefore, beyond Atmanirbharata, it is our duty to make ourselves and our nation capable and strong politically, economically, technologically, and socially. This is the only way to assert our presence on the world stage. The duty of educators is to inculcate this thinking in students.
Dr. Giribala Dewasthale was the master of ceremonies for the event. Dr. Abhijeet Shivane delivered the vote of thanks.
Two of the contributors for the book, Advocate Nitin Apte, Member of Governing Body and Council, DES, and Dr. Jagadeesh Lanjekar, Vice-Principal BMCC and Life Member DES, shared their thoughts on Lokmanya Tilak and Veer Savarkar. Advocate Apte remarked that it is for the first time that a teacher and his student are being honoured at the same event. This reflects the rich and lofty tradition of Deccan Education Society.
Dignitaries at the event included: Shri Dhananjay Kulkarni, Secretary DES, Dr. Shreeram Nerlekar, CEO, DES; Dr. Shikha Jain, Director, IMDR;Shri Prashant Gokhale, Director, DES’s JRVGTI; and Smt Prajakta Pradhan Asst Secretary GB and Life Member DES. The event was attended by IMDR faculty, staff, and authors for the book.Commemorative volume on the death centenary of Lokmanya Tilak, founder of DES; "Swatantrata to Atmanirbharta: Lokmanya Tilak’s Legacy"