India celebrates the 156th Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala Lajpat Rai was born on January 28, 1865. He was one of the unsung heroes and a key activist who fought for the freedom of India from British rule.

Lala Lajpat Rai was also a renowned author. He was considered to be a Punjabi linguistic, Indian author. He has written some of the most significant and influential books during this time. List of his relevant work includes; “The Story of My Deportation, Arya Samaj, The United States of America: A Hindu’s Impression, England’s Debt to India: A Historical Narrative of Britain’s Fiscal Policy in India and Unhappy India.”

As a Politician, he was formerly known for being an Indian leader in the British Raj’s war for independence. He was widely known and recognised as ‘Punjab Kesari’ which refers to ‘The Lion of Punjab’ thereby also designated as “Sher-e- Punjab”. He was associated with “Lakshmi Insurance Company and Punjab National Bank” in their initial stage of working.

He was one of the three main freedom fighters named ‘Lal Bal Pal.’ Lal – Lala Lajpat Rai who hailed from Punjab. Bal – Bal Gangadhar Tilak who hailed from Maharashtra. Pal – Bipin Chandrapal who hailed from Bengal. The three rebellious freedom fighters from the three corners of our country created a tremendous force.

The death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai is marked and celebrated as Martyr’s Day (17th November). In 1920 a Special Session of Congress Party was held in Calcutta, in which Lala Lajpat Rai was elected as the president of the Congress Party. The Non-Cooperation movement was initiated and launched during the Special Session of Congress under the presidency of Lala Lajpat Rai.

Lala Lajpat Rai who is conferred with the title of Punjab Kesari was also the president from 1921 to 1923. He also founded a non-profit welfare organisation, ‘Servants of the People Society’. The organisation had its offices in many parts of the country.

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Here Are Some Of The Unknown Facts About Lala Lajpat Rai.

● Lala Lajpat Rai played a vital and influential role in founding and setting up of our modern-day bank i.e. The Punjab National Bank. It was established in 1894.

● The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Hisar, Haryana was named after a renowned politician, Lala Lajpat Rai.

● Lala Lajpat Rai completed his education by studying law as his subject and later on he started practising in Hisar, Haryana.

● The Non-Violent March against Simon Commission was led by Lala Lajpat Rai, he further his slogan “Simon, Go Back!” became famous during Independence

● During the protests of the Simon Commission, Lala Lajpat Rai was brutally wounded on the charge of police lathi. After a heart attack, he died on 17 November 1928.

● He also helped in the development of the school system of Dayanand Anglo-Vedic, known as the school of DAV.

● In 1921 Lala Lajpat Rai founded an NGO in Lahore the ‘Servants of the People’s Society’. After 1947, the organisation moved to Delhi India and is now conferred as the Lok Sevak Mandal, has several offices in India.

Let us now test your knowledge.

Ques 1) What was the title that Lala Lajpat Rai was officially titled with? Ques 2) What was the linguistic language of Lala Lajpat Rai?

Ques 3) Which NGO was founded by Lala Lajpat Rai?

Ques 4) Against which commission did Lala Lajpat Rai gave the slogan?

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