Lala Lajpat Rai played an significant role in India’s independence movement. He was a fierce patriot who died fighting for the country’s independence. He was one of the three extremist members of the INC along with other two members Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal. They were known Lal, Bal, Pal.
Even before Gandhi and Nehru, Lala Lajpat Rai stressed self-reliance for Indians in the 1900 session of the National Congress.Rai was later one of the architects of the Swadeshi movement (now turned into Make-In-India) along with Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo Ghosh, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal and others.
Lala Lajpat Rai participated actively in the non-cooperation movement against British rule, which was started mainly to oppose the Rowlatt Act which was formed to jail any Indian who was threatening to cause damage to Britishers through their protests. For showing bravery in opposing this new legislation, in Punjab, Lala Lajpat Rai was given the title of ‘Punjab Kesari’ (the lion of Punjab).
Lala Lajpat Rai launched a peaceful procession to boycott arrival of the Simon Commission However, then Superintendent of Police, Scott ordered a ‘lathi-charge’ at all the activists to stop them and unfortunately Lala Lajpat Rai died on 17 November 1928.
On his death anniversary, we bring you some of the most inspiring quotes from the staunch nationalist:
1. 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.
2. I declare that the blows struck at me will be the last nails in the coffin of the British rule in India.
3. 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.
4. Since the cruel killing of cows and other animal have commenced, I have anxiety for the future generation.
5. I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.
Lala Lajpat Rai has left a legacy behind him. Apart from igniting the spark of ‘Purna Swaraj’ or total freedom in the minds of the countrymen, he became an exemplary freedom fighter for the likes of Chandrasekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh, who used to follow him. His fiery journalistic writings kindled the spirit of patriotism in many young men and women who were inspired to join the freedom struggle.
Remembering the great freedom fighter “Punjab Kesari” on his Death Anniversary.