Lala Lajpat Rai Death Anniversary:India’s Freedom Fighter
Born as Lajpat Rai to the Munshi Radha Krishna Azad and Gulab Devi at the Dhudike village of Punjab on January 28, 1865, he belonged to the Aggarwal Bania community. His father was a scholar of Persian and Urdu language.
On November 17, 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai died in Lahore, a city that had been his home since 1880, when he joined the prestigious Government College to study law.
Popularly known as Punjab Kesari or the Lion of Punjab, Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the greatest leaders of India, who actively took part in the Indian fight for independence from the British rule. Blessed with exceptional organizing abilities and oratorical skills, he instigated in Indian youth the seed for Indian Independence. Educated in law, he was deeply impressed by the ideals of Arya Samaj movement founded by Dayananda Saraswati. He was one of the leaders of famous ‘Lal Bal Pal’ trio who were a thorn in the flesh of British administration. He also travelled to the US to propagate the cause of Indian freedom. He founded Servants of the People Society, a non-profit welfare organization. A prominent member of the Indian National Congress, he was brutally assaulted by the police while protesting against the arrival of Simon Commission, set up by the British government, to report on the political situation in India, and that ultimately led to his death.
On his death anniversary, Lajpat Rai’s some of the most inspiring quotes :
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.
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.