Lokmanya Tilak (1856-1920) was the first national leader of the Indian freedom movement who transcended provinces, communities and languages to establish himself in the hearts of millions. Tilak was a fierce advocate of swarajya (self-rule) and his famous words - 'Swarajya is my birthright, and I shall have it!' are well - remembered even today. The adulation he received from his followers earned him the title of 'Lokmanya' - the admired one. This book explores the multi-faceted personality of Bal Gangadhar Tilak - social reformer, scholar and national leader - convincingly portraying a man of the people of his time.