Lala Lajpat Rai Jayanti (Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai): Every year 28th January is observed as the birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai remembering his struggle for the freedom of the nation. Because the nation and the citizens understand the value of freedom, therefore it values each and everyone who contributed to it. Let us go on and read about him in detail.
Lala Lajpat Rai Jayanti (Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai): Highlights
- The day of 28th January is known and observed as the birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai.
- Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the most renowned freedom fighters, is known for his struggle in attaining independence for the nation.
- He also initiated many social reforms and also initiated many foundations in the betterment of the nation.
- He was a man known for his writings also. He has many literary works under his name.
- He took his last breath on 17th November 1928 after he faced the atrocities of the British government in his non violent protest against the Simon Commission.
- The real freedom is still unheard of, which is the independence of the soul to make this human birth a success.
Who Was Lala Lajpat Rai?
Lala Lajpat Rai was one of those renowned freedom fighters whose contribution is immense as far as the independence of the nation is concerned.
- He belonged to a small village named Dhudike in Ferozepur district of Punjab and was born on 28th January 1865.
- The name of his father was Munshi Radha Krishna Aggarwal who was a Persian government teacher and the name of his mother was Gulab Devi.
- He studied law at Government College, Lahore and practiced it at Lahore and Hisar.
- Because of his birth in Punjab and his great struggle for the freedom of the nation, he was known as Punjab Kesari or ‘Lion of Punjab’.
Interesting Facts About Lala Lajpat Rai on Lala Lajpat Rai Jayanti
Lala Lajpat Rai is fondly known for its triumvirate ‘Lal-Bal-Pal’. The other two being Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal.
- At the age of 16, he joined the Indian National Congress (INC) and participated in various political agitations.
- In 1907, as a result of his agitations, he was deported to Burma without trial. But he was sent back within months because of the lack of evidence.
- In 1917, he founded the Home Rule League of America in New York. Through these international movements he tried to generate international support for the independence of the nation.
- He believed in Purna Swaraj, which is the complete independence of the nation.
- He was a member of Hindu Mahasabha as well. He also opposed the partition of Bengal.
- In 1920, he chaired a National Conference of the All India Trade Union Congress as its President.
- In 1920, he was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress.
- In 1920, at the Nagpur session of Congress, he was in support of the Non Cooperation Movement led by Gandhiji.
- He stood against the Rowlatt Act and Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
- In 1926, he was elected as the Deputy Leader of the Central Legislative Assembly. Before this he was in prison from 1921-1923.
- In 1928, a resolution was released by him in the assembly regarding no cooperation with the members of the Simon Commission because there were no Indian members in it.
Literary Contributions of Lala Lajpat Rai
Lala Lajpat Rai was known for his writings as well. His most famous literary works include England Debt to India (1917), Unhappy India(1928), The Story of My Deportation (1908), Evolution of Japan, India’s Will to Freedom, Message of the Bhagavad Gita, Political Future of India, Problem of National Education in India, Political Future of India, The Depressed Glasses and the Travelogue ‘United States of America’.
- He launched a monthly journal called Young India in 1916 and founded the Hindustan Information Services Association.
- Rai also wrote a 32 page petition to the foriegn affairs committee of the US Senate regarding the atrocities Indian people are facing under British rule. And urged for International support for the same to bring some improvements.
- In 1927, a trust with his mother’s name was established by him in Lahore, Pakistan to run a hospital to diagnose tuberculosis. His mother died of the same disease.
- His contributions include works in various newspapers and magazines in Hindi, Punjabi, English and Urdu.
Social Reforms and Founding Works of Lala Lajpat Rai
- National College at Bradlaugh,Lahore was founded by Lala Lajpat Rai. He enrolled Bhagat Singh as Student.
- Hisar Bar Council, Hisar Arya Samaj, Hisar Congress, National DAV Managing committee are some of the organizations founded by him.
- He also founded Arya Gazette and worked as its editor.
- In 1894, he also founded Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company.
- At the time of practicing law, he founded Dayanand Anglo Vedic School (DAV).
- In 1897, he founded Hindu Relief Movement to give aid to the people who were struck by famines.
- In 1921, Servants of People Society was founded by Lala Lajpat Rai.
Death of Lala Lajpat Rai
In 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai was brutally Lathi charged by Superintendent of Police James Scott while protesting against the Simon Commission in Lahore. Then, after sustaining it for a few weeks he died because of injuries on 17th November 1928.
Lala Lajpat Rai Jayanti Quotes
Real freedom can only be attained in the refuge of Supreme God Kabir Saheb Ji
“The government which attacks its own innocent subjects has no claim to be called a civilised government. Bear in mind, such a government does not survive long.” – Lala Lajpat Rai
“Defeat and failure are sometimes necessary steps of victory.” – Lala Lajpat Rai
“The shots that hit me are the last nails to the coffin of British rule in India.” – Lala Lajpat Rai
“Milk for babies, food for adults, and education for all. This is real freedom” – Lala Lajpat Rai
To understand the meaning of independence of a soul, one needs to understand the true spiritual knowledge as given by Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj.
The biggest struggle for independence is the struggle done for the liberation of the soul from this cage of Satan(Kaal Brahm).
What is Real Independence?
Amongst all this knowledge, real independence still stands unheard. Each and every one of us understands the importance of independence. And so we will be able to understand the independence of our soul as well. Our soul is entrapped in the cycle of birth and death here by Satan (Kaal Brahm) here. Because of that we are experiencing the hardships of being rotated in the cycle of 84 lakh species of animals. Attaining freedom from this birth and death is the real freedom for each and every soul present here.
How to Attain Real Independence?
This freedom can only be attained by doing true worship of Supreme God Kabir. Presently Supreme God Kabir has made an arrangement in the form of Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj on the holy land of Haryana, India to present the method of true worship for all his pious souls. Our duty is to take full advantage of this opportunity because this opportunity of being a human and to attain God is once obtained after experiencing the hardships of 84 lakh species of animals.