Lala Lajpat Rai is also known for social reform, education, and economic reform in the country along with Indian politics. His contribution to the Indian Freedom Movement was immense. He was popular in and around Punjab as well as abroad and had affection for every person who gave freedom to the country. There would hardly be such a patriot who would not be looking at him with respect. His work continues even today.
Apart from Gandhi, there are many leaders in the Indian Freedom Movement whose influence has remained in the country throughout life and even after death. Among the leaders of this category, the name Lala Lajpat Rai is taken prominently. 17 November is the death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai. On the same day, Lala Lajpat Rai, famous as Punjab Kesari, was so injured in the lathi charge during the peaceful protest of the Simon Commission that he could not survive after fighting for a few days. His death spread a wave of anger and mourning across the country. His influence was visible when he was alive, and even after his death, his popularity did not decrease.
His Works Are Still Alive In People’s Hearts!
Lala Lajpat Rai had influence not only in Punjab and its surrounding areas but also in the rest of the country and abroad. His works can be seen even today. The schools run by him are still running today. Colonies are named after him in many cities. The hospitals started by him are still running in India and Pakistan and serving the patients.
Communicating The Spirit Of Patriotism Among The Youth
Not only did he help the revolutionaries, but by staying in Congress, he strongly opposed the British in Gandhian ways. He instilled the hope of patriotism in many youths of Punjab, but never directly pushed them into the freedom movement, but always gave priority to their studies. Similarly, he also inspired the people of Punjab to save money and the credit for opening many trusts and Punjab National Bank is given to him only.
Lala Ji Used To Give Affection To Everyone
Despite being non-violent himself, he always had affection for the revolutionaries and even helped them. He had seen Sardar Bhagat Singh since childhood and this was the reason that his affection for Bhagat Singh continued to meet with his fellow revolutionary Chandrashekhar Azad and other revolutionaries and the revolutionaries also looked at him with great respect.
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A Great Social Reformer
Lala Lajpat Rai was a great social reformer. For social service, he joined Dayanand Saraswati who founded the Arya Samaj. He played a major role in the establishment and propagation of Arya Samaj in Punjab. The country’s first indigenous bank was opened by Lala Ji. He also spread the Dayanand Anglo Vedic schools which are today recognized as DAV schools across the country.
Simon Commission And Lathi Charge
In the year 1927, the British sent the Simon Commission to India for governance and other legal reforms. There was not a single Indian member in it, so the whole country opposed the commission. Lala Ji took responsibility for organizing this protest in Punjab. Lala Lajpat Rai protested peacefully by showing black flags to the commission in Lahore. During this peaceful demonstration, the British police lathi-charged in which Lala Ji was seriously injured.
Lala Ji did not stop his speech even after being lathi-charged. Wounded Lalaji had said at the time of his injury that every stick lying on his body would prove to be the last nail in the coffin of the British Raj. After this Lala Ji kept fighting death in the hospital for 18 days but he died on 17 November 1928. Anger spread across the country due to Lala Ji’s death.
Bhagat Singh used to respect Lala Ji a lot. But he was a very settled revolutionary. They knew that the country would not get freedom by killing only a few British police officers, but a spirit of freedom would have to be awakened in the people of the country. But Lalaji’s death was a big shock for him. And for this, he decided to kill James Scott, the British officer who ordered the lathi charge. Rajguru and Chandrasekhar Azad together made a plan to kill Scott, but by mistake they killed Saunders. There was a lot of resentment in the Congress also about the death of Lalaji and as a result of this, in 1929, the Congress decided to demand complete Swaraj in the Lahore session.