Lala Lajpat Rai sacrificed his life for the freedom of the nation
Lala Lajpat Rai sacrificed his life for the freedom of the nation

Today is the death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the great freedom fighters of the country. Lala Lajpat Rai is also known as Punjab Kesari. He was badly injured in the lathicharge during the Simon Commission protests in 1928 and died on November 17, 1928. Let us also tell you that Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28 January 1865 in Ferozepur Punjab. His father Munshi Radha Krishna Azad was a great scholar of Persian and Urdu and his mother Gulab Devi was a woman of religious instinct.

His father was transferred to Rohtak in the year 1884 and after that he also moved to live with his father. He was then married to Radha Devi in the year 1877. In 1880, he joined the Government College, Lahore, for the study of law. Then in the year 1886, his family shifted to Hisar where he practiced law. He participated as a delegate during the annual sessions of the National Congress of 1888 and 1889. He then moved to Lahore in the year 1892 to advocate in the High Court. In the year 1885, he passed the second class advocacy examination from a government college and started his advocacy in Hisar. He then moved to Lahore in the year 1892. By the way, you must have known that Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the three prominent leaders of the Indian National Congress. Lal-Bal-Pal's trio was fighting for freedom and he was a part of this trio. He also believed with Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal that 'freedom does not come from solicitation, but it has to be fought for'.

It is said that Lalaji also participated in the movement against the partition of Bengal and he, along with Surendra Nath Banerjee Bipin Chandra Pal and Arvind Ghosh, united the people in Bengal and other parts of the country for the vigorous campaign of Swadeshi. He gave his full strength to get India independence. In the end, he also quit advocacy. Once there was no Indian representative in the Simon Commission, the anger of Indian citizens was fueled. After that protests began across the country and Lala Lajpat Rai was ahead in the protest. Superintendent of Police James A. Scott ordered lathicharge to stop the march. At that time, the police targeted Lajpat Rai and hit his chest. After this incident, Lala Lajpat Rai was badly injured and died of heart attack on 17 November 1928.

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