Lala Lajpat Rai was a renowned freedom fighter who played an important role in the Independence movement was born on January 28, 1865. His father was a school teacher at a govt school. He was also popularly known to be Punjab’s Kesari.
Lala Lajpat Rai was one-third of the trio ‘Lal Bal Pal’, which included Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal.
An integral part of the Indian National Congress, he took part in many political agitations in Punjab and was subsequently deported to Mandalay without trial in May 1907.
The freedom fighter did return in November that year after then viceroy Lord Minto decided there was insufficient evidence to hold him in prison.
Lala Lajpat Rai was elected President of the Indian National Congress in the Calcutta Special Session of 1920.
In 1921, he founded Servants of the People Society, a non-profit welfare organisation. Lala Lajpat Rai was perhaps best known for leading the non-violent march in protest of the Simon Commission that was set up by the British government and headed by Sir John Simon.
FOn the leader’s 155th birth anniversary, here’s looking at some of his best-known quotes:
- The attempt to fulfill the objective by peaceful means with full devotion and honesty is called Non-violence.
- A person should be courageous and honest in worshiping the truth, without being concerned about receiving worldly benefits.
- Ateet ko dekhte rehna vyarth hai jab tak us ateet par garv karne yogya bhavishy ke nirmaan ke liye karya na kiya jae.
- The Government which attacks its own innocent subjects has no claim to be called a civilized government.
- Bear in mind, such a government does not survive long. I declare that the blows struck at me will be the last nails in the coffin of the British rule in India.
- 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.