Light Sixty Years Old
In 1916, Tilak completed sixty years of a fruitful
life. Scholars, leaders and friends thronged his house on the occasion of the sixtieth
Tilak was honoured with the presentation of an Address of Felicitations and a purse of one
lakh rupees. The celebrations were on a grand scale. The Lokamanya gave away the money to
be used in the service of the country.
The government also gave him a present on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday! On the
day before his birthday,the government served him with a notice; it ordered , him to give
a surety of Rs. 20000, for his good behaviour for one year !
His body gradually grew weaker. His talks and writings were not as fiery as before. Yet he
successfully tried to unify the divided Congress.