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Lala Lajpat Rai Birth anniversary: Know about his early life, education, struggles on his 157th Birthday

Lala Lajpat Rai, also called as Lion of Punjab, was a great leader, historian, eminent editor, social and religious reformer who initiated laying the foundation of Punjab National Bank.

He was awarded with the title ‘ Punjab Kesari’ for his nationalist approach.

Lala Lajpat Rai Birth anniversary: Early life, education and contribution

Born in Jain family of Punjab on 28th January 1865, he is known for his remarkable work in various fields and for the contribution he made in the independence struggle of India as he dedicated his whole life for the freedom of India. 

His father Munshi Radha Krishna was a government teacher and mother Gulab Devi was house wife. His father and mother molded him towards nationalism since he was a child and he then used to reform Indian policy and religion through his writing. He studied law from government college of Lahore. That time, he also worked as journalist by contributing himself as a writer to newspaper agencies. 

He was also elected as the President of Indian National Congress in 1920. 

In 1928, when Simon Commission started by Britishers, he played a pivotal role by introducing the legislative assembly resolution for the boycott of that Commission. He led a non-violent march in protest against Simon Commission. 

The slogan ‘Simon Go Back’ was coined by him and everywhere this slogan was raised with black flag. Lala Lala Lajpat Rai led a protest in Lahore and died on 17 November 1928 of injuries he received after a police beating during the protest.

‘Punjab Kesari’ Lala Lajpat Rai quotes

The shots that hit me are the last nails to the coffin of British rule in India. 

Since the cruel killing of cows and other animal have commenced, I have anxiety for the future generation. 

Defeat and failure are sometimes necessary steps of victory

If I had the power to influence Indian journals, I would have the following headlines printed in bold letters on the first page: Milk for the infants, Food for the adults and Education for all. 

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

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