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Social Media & Citizen Activism Powering India’s New Freedom Movement [UPDATED]

In 1947, India earned its independance from 320 years of British occupation and rule. This was the culmination of several important events that took place starting with the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the arrest of Lokmanya Tilak in 1908 and the uprising escalating over the years, into the Quit India Movement in August 1942. In 1880, Lokmanya Tilak recognized the need for an independent newspaper and magazine focused on the efforts to liberate India from British administration. He started his own newspaper (The Kesri) and published articles about various movements taking place across the country. Information and leads came to him via friends in activist organizations all over the country. In 1905 the British Government, wanting to crush the freedom of expression which was now threatening their establishment, arrested Tilak and convicted him under the charge of sedition to 6 years of rigorous imprisonment on the Andaman Islands where political prisoners and troublemakers were detained. The Andaman Cellular Jail was supposed to be the Alcatraz of colonial SE Asia, impossible to escape from, with inmates …