Lion of Punjab
Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28th January 1865 at Dhidika village in Punjab. He aggressively fought against the might of the British Empire. He was popularly called, Punjab Kesari, “The lion of Punjab”.
Lala Lajpat Rai
“Lal Pal Bal”
The Trio of “Lal Pal Bal” were forerunners of the freedom struggle much before the times of Mahatma Gandhi. Lal was Lala Lajpat Rai from Punjab, Bal was Bala Gangadhar Tilak from Maharahstra, and Pal was Bipin Chandra Pal from East Bengal. They came from different corners of India and asked for Swaraj in united voice.
Lal Bal Pal
The lion that he was, Lala Lajpat Rai gave tough time to the British through his demonstrations, demanding Swaraj.
Hindu Orphan Relief Movement
Lala Lajpat Rai founded the Hindu Orphan Relief Movement to keep British missions from securing custody of orphans.
Punjab National Bank
He also established the Punjab National Bank. The Bank opened on 12th April, 1895, at Lahore.
“Simon Go Back”
Lala Lapat Rai succumbed to injuries sustained during a lathi charge while leading a non violent demonstration against the Simon Commission, with the slogan “Simon Go Back”. He passed away on 17th November, 1928.
“Simon Go Back” protest led by Lala Lajpat Rai
“Every Blow a Nail in the Coffin of British”
One of his strongest statements from his last moments, still etched in the mind of the people is, “Every blow on my body will prove a nail in the coffin of British Empire.”
Roads in his name
The people of both India and Pakistan remember the contributions of this Freedom Fighter towards Freedom from the Colonial Rule.
Many major cities in India have roads named after this Freedom Fighter.
Pakistan has also named a road after Lala Lajpat Rai in its Quetta town. It is for the first time since partition that Pakistan had named a road after an Indian leader.
There are also statues erected in honour of Lala Lajpat Rai in many parts of the country.
Lala Lajpat Rai Statue, Shimla
A stamp has been released in his name by the Government of India.
It is due to the efforts of such Freedom Fighters that India finally attained Freedom in 1947.