Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

On the 155th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, we look back on his struggles faced and all that he accomplished in his life time.

A government school teacher son Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28 January 1865 in Dhudike, Punjab to a Jain family, was a great freedom fighter who played  a very important and vital role in the Independence movement. He is popularly known as Punjab Kesari as well as Lion of Punjab and was one-third of the triumvirate(radical trio)Lal Bal Pal’, including Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal.

In 1917, during the First World War Lala Lajpat Rai moved to the United States and founded the Indian Home Rule League of America in New York. He was there in the United States from 1917 to 1920. Rai returned back to India in 1920 and was elected President of the Indian National Congress in the Calcutta Special Session and the very next year i.e., in 1921, he founded Servants of the People Society, a non-profit welfare organization.

In 1928, the Simon Commission was set up in India to report the political situation of India, the commission was met with nation-wide protest and unrest since it did not include a single Indian in its membership. At the same time, he introduced the boycott of the British Simon Commission and started a non-violent march in protest against it. The protesters chanted “Simon go back” and carried black flags. In return, the police lathi-charged the protestors as well as Lala Lajpat Rai, he was brutally injured in that incident, due to which he did not fully recover from his injuries and died on November 17, 1928 of a heart attack.

Quotes of Lala Lajpat Rai

“The shots that hit me are the last nails to the coffin of British rule in India.”
“If I had the power to influence Indian journals, I would have the following headlines printed in bold letters on the first page: Milk for the infants, food for the adults and education for all.”
“Since the cruel killing of cows and other animal have commenced, I have anxiety for the future generation.”
Defeat and failure are sometimes necessary steps of victory.
The shots that hit me are the last nails to the coffin of British rule in India.
A person should be courageous and honest in worshiping the truth, without being concerned about receiving worldly benefits.

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Source: Hindustan Times

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