Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary: Sher-E-Punjab

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Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary

Lala Lajpat Rai popularly known as Punjab Kesari (Lion of Punjab or Punjab Da Sher). He was born on 28 January 1865. He was born in an Agarwal Jain family. Lala Lajpat Rai was the eldest son of Munshi Radha Krishna and Gulab Devi. He was one of the paramount personalities in the Indian Freedom Struggle against the British Raj. Lala Lajpat Rai was an extremist and belongs to the famous trinity of “Lal, Bal and Pal” i.e. Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal. Stay tuned and read this article to learn more about Lala Lajpat Rai birth anniversary!

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When is the Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai?

Lala Lajpat Rai birth anniversary is celebrated on 28 January. He was born in 1865 in Dhudike. He was the eldest son out of the six siblings. Lala Lajpat Rai played a crucial role in the Indian Independence

Source: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Since childhood, he was inclined towards the country and wanted to serve India. In 1886, he moved to Hisar and practiced law. Gradually, he became the founding member of the Bar Council of Hisar. 

Lala Lajpat Rai founded the Hisar distinct branch of the Indian National Congress and Arya Samaj. He was involved in politics to strategize the political policy of the country and move towards Independence.

Lala Lajpat Rai also practiced journalism and strictly wrote like an anti-British nationalist for various newspapers including The Tribune. 

Later in the Calcutta Session of 1920, he was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress. In 1921, Lala Lajpat Rai also founded a non-profit welfare organization for the people known as “Servants of the People Society”.

He also advocated for the Hindu caste system, untouchability, and position of women in the society. 

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How did Lala Lajpat Rai Died?

Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary

Lala Lajpat Rai was once beaten by the orders of the British government. He fought back and said that the British government had no right to call itself a civilised government because it believed in spreading terror amongst the people and practice violence. He warned the British Government by saying that the threats he faced were the ‘last nails in the coffin of British rule in India’.

Later on 30 October 1928, when the Simon Commission visited Lahore, Lala Lajpat Rai conducted a non-violent protest against it. James A. Scott, the superintendent of police ordered the officials to lathi-charge the masses and he attacked the Lion of Punjab. He was severely affected and died on 17 November 1928. 

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Famous Quotes by Lala Lajpat Rai

Here are some inspirational quotes by 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

“A person should be courageous and honest in worshipping the truth, without being concerned about receiving worldly benefits.”

-Lala Lajpat Rai

“I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.”

-Lala Lajpat Rai

“The Government which attacks its own innocent subjects has no claim to be called a civilised government. Bear in mind, that such a government does not survive long. I declare that the blows struck at me will be the last nails in the coffin of the British rule in India.”

-Lala Lajpat Rai

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Why do we celebrate the birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai?

Lala Lajpat Rai’s birthday is celebrated to educate people about his contribution to the Indian Freedom struggle and to pay tribute to his sacrifice for the country.

What was Lala Lajpat Rai famous quote?

A famous quote by Lala Lajpat Rai is “Defeat and failure are sometimes necessary steps of victory.”

Why was Lala Lajpat Rai known as Punjab Kesari? 

Lala Lajpat Rai referred to as Punjab Kesari means The Lion of Punjab or Sher-E-Punjab because he was an Indian Punjabi author and a moderate political leader who fought for Indian independence against British colonial rule.

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