Lala Lajpat Rai 157th Birthday: Facts About The Revolutionary Freedom Fighter

157th birthday of Lala Lajpat Rai: Facts and quotes

Highlights

  • Lala Lajpat Rai was a former leader of the Indian nationalist movement
  • He was also the founder of organizations such as Hisar Arya Samaj, Hisar Bar Council, National DAV Managing Committee
  • He breathed his last on November 17, 1928

Lala Lajpat Rai was born on January 28, 1865. A revolutionary freedom fighter and one of the three “Lal Bal Pal” triumvirates, his ideology of nationalism and zealous patriotism earned him the title of “Punjab Kesari” and “Lion of Punjab”.

Rai was a veteran leader of the Indian nationalist movement, Indian independence movement led by Indian National Congress, Hindu Mahasabha, Hindu reform movements and Arya Samaj.

He was also the founder of organizations such as Hisar Congress, Hisar Arya Samaj, Hisar Bar Council, DAV National Steering Committee, and later headed “Lakshmi Insurance Company” and commissioned Lakshmi Building in Karachi .

Rai also played a crucial role in the formation of the National Bank of Punjab. From studying in Lahore to being a pillar of nationalism in India, Rai has donned many hats. He breathed his last on November 17, 1928.

He died weeks after being seriously injured during a peaceful protest march against the all-British Simon Commission, a UK-appointed commission for Indian constitutional reform.

As the country remembers him on his 157th birthday, here are some interesting facts about him:

  • Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal formed the Lal-Bal-Pal trio and promoted the Swadeshi movement.
  • Lala Lajpat Rai lived in the United States during World War I, where he founded the Indian Home Rule League of America.
  • People of Odisha celebrate Martyr’s Day on the anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai’s death.
  • The Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Hisar, Haryana is named after the revolutionary.
  • Lala Lajpat Rai was a law student and he practiced in Hissar later in his career
  • Lala Lajpat Rai wrote books like – The Story of My Deportation (1908), Arya Samaj (1915), The United States of America: A Hindu Impression (1916), Young India (1916), Unhappy India (1928) and England’s Debt in India (1917)
  • Lala Lajpat Rai was heavily influenced by Hinduism and reformed many Indian policies
  • Lala Lajpat Rai was associated with the activities of the Punjab National Bank and the Lakshmi Insurance Company at their inception in 1894

Quotes from Lala Lajpat Rai

“Morality demands that we strive to uplift the depressed classes out of a pure sense of justice and humanity, independent of all external considerations”

“I am Hindu, in Punjab Hindus are in the minority and as far as I am concerned I would be quite happy to be represented by any good Muslim or Sikh member”

“Politics is a changing game and I don’t believe in any inflexible, cut and dry pattern, good for all times and under all circumstances”

“If I had the power to influence Indian journals, I would have the following headlines printed in bold on the front page: Milk for Infants, Food for Adults, and Education for All.”

“Since the cruel slaughter of cows and other animals began, I have been anxious for the future generation.”

“The right thing for us to do is to fight for a democratic Raj in which Hindus, Muslims and other communities can participate as Indians and not as followers of any particular religion”

“The end is the freedom to live…according to our own conception of what life should be, to pursue our own ideals to develop our own character and to secure that unity of purpose which would distinguish us from other nations of the world”

Thelma J. Longworth