UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus: GS-1-   Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak – Sedition cases – Dissent

First sedition case:

Tilak’s criticism:

Support for Tilak:

The judgement:

Criticism on the judgement:

Second sedition case:

The judgement:

“I maintain that I am innocent. There are higher powers that rule the destiny of things and it may be the will of Providence that the cause which I represent is to prosper more by my suffering than by my remaining free.”

Criticism on the judgement:

Way forward:

Source:”The Hindu”.


The sedition trials of Balgangadhar Tilak shows that, in dealing with public protests suppressing widespread dissent has always proved counterproductive.