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Indian independence activist Lala Lajpat Rai

Indian independence activist Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28 January 1865 in Punjab and died on 17 November 1928 in Lahore, British India. Lala Lajpat Rai’s enrichment to the Indian Freedom struggle was powerful. Throughout the independence campaign, he was recognized as the ‘ Lal Bal Pal’ trio. He received the designated title of ‘Punjab Kesari’ or the ‘Lion of Punjab’ and was more a magnificent speaker and a prominent patriot nationalist. 

Indian independence activist Lala Lajpat Rai
Indian independence activist Lala Lajpat Rai

In the year 1880, he entered the Government College at Lahore, British India to obtained his degree in Law. Fortunately in the university, he conjoined future independence fighters like Lala Hans Raj, Pandit Guru Dutt, etc. After finishing his law degree, he began his judicial work in Haryana. He associated as a representative in the yearly assemblies of the Indian National Congress throughout the years 1888 and 1889. In the year 1892, he prepared ere High Court. Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal collectively created the trinity of “Lal Bal Pal.” They were extremist heads and they transformed the political conversation of the Indian independence campaign.

Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal trio “Lal Bal Pal.”
Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal trio “Lal Bal Pal.”

Lala Lajpat Rai like studying and it is assumed that he was genuinely influenced by the paragons of nationality and loyalty described by Italian revolutionary chief Giuseppe Mazzini. He with some remarkable notable leaders including Bipin Chandra Pal, Aurobindo Ghosh, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak began discussing the cynical perspectives of conservative politics supported by various heads of the Indian National Congress. They voiced the request for Dominion standing to their powerful resentment and demand for flawless independence or as can say ‘Purna Swaraj’. 

He directed a protest against the British sovereignty in India in Punjab for their cold-blooded brutal massacre that they did at Jallianwala Bagh. Mahatma Gandhi originated the Non-Cooperation campaign in the year 1920 and Lala Lajpat Rai led the campaign in Punjab. He was jailed from the year 1921 to 1923. When he was freed, he was elected to the parliamentary assemblage. Due to the Chauri-Chauri disturbance, Gandhiji brought back the Non-Cooperation movement and this choice was criticized by Lala Lajpat Rai and wanted to create the Congress Independence Party. 

March against Simon Commission with slogan ‘Simon Go Back’
March against Simon Commission with slogan ‘Simon Go Back’

In the year 1928, the Simon Commission traveled to India. In the year 1928, the British government established a committee directed by John Allsebrook Simon. The committee was established to work upon the administrative circumstances of India. But because the committee didn’t add any Indian leader to the commission, the political parties in India rejected it and boycotted it. When the committee toured Lahore on 30 October in the year 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai led a non-violent movement in objections against the committee. People chorused slogans like ‘Simon Go Back’ and lifted black color banners.

Indian independence activist Lala Lajpat Rai and his famous quote
Indian independence activist Lala Lajpat Rai and his famous quote

The purpose behind it was to examine lawful improvements. In the year 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai presents the parliamentary assemblage decision for the boycott of the British Simon Commission. During a protest in Lahore, Extensive demonstrations were directed at a lathi attack commanded by the then superintendent of police, James A. Scott. During this lathi-charge, Lala Lajpat Rai was individually attacked and was wounded critically. He couldn’t retrieve from the critical injuries and on 17 November 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai passed away from a heart attack. Lalaji presented some exceptional quotes to the Indian freedom effort, like:

  • “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.”
  • “A blow to the sticks on my head will prove to be the nail of the casket of the British rule in India.”