2015 : 150th Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala lajpat Rai was one of those outstanding Indian personalities played a very significant role in the Indian Struggle for freedom. He was popularly known as the "Lion of Punjab", his life has been a permanent source of inspiration to the succeeding generations. Lala Lajpat Rai was born on January 28, 1865 in village Dhudika of Ferozpore District of Punjab. He was the eldest son of Munshi Radhakrishan Azad and Gulab Devi. He received his elementary education in the school where his father was posted as teacher. He joined the Government college at lahore in 1881 to study law. He was associated with Arya Samaj and Indian National Congress. He came close to Bipin Chandra Pal and Bal Gangadar Tilak and formed the famous trio-Lal, Bal, Pal. To mobilize international support for India's cause, he toured USA and britain. He supported the Swarajist Party of C.R. Das and Motilal Nehru and entered the Central Legislative Assembly as a Swarajist in 1923 and 1926.

He led the Punjab to protests against the Jalianwala Bagh Massacre and took active participation in Non-cooperation Movement. He was arrested several times. Lala Lajpat Rai was the most prolific writer among his contemporary nationalist leaders of India. He also launched the newspapers like"The Punjabee", "The People" and "The Bnade Matram".

He was injured during the demonstration against the Simon commission in Lahore, and after a few days the Great Son of the India breathed his last on November 17, 1928.


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