Born in undivided Punjab on 28 JanuaryLala Lajpat Rai grew up in a family that allowed the freedom of faith. But soon enough, freedom calls made him come back to his birthplace and thereafter he played a vital role in the freedom struggle of India.
Even before he focused his efforts towards a self-sufficient India, Rai believed in the principle. His proactive, brave participation in the protest earned him the title of the Lion of Punjab or Punjab Kesari. Write to us: contact thebetterindia.
The revolution mainly opposed the Rowlatt Act—one that allowed British officials to arrest an Indian that they perceived as a threat— without actual evidence. He even went on speaking tours and encouraged his listeners to join the fight of Swarajya through his excellent oratory skills.
Lala Lajpat Rai, from undivided Punjab, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, from Maharashtra and Bipin Chandra Pal from what was then united Bengal, had come together to advocate the Swadeshi movement—rejecting the purchase of British goods and becoming self-reliant as a country.
Photo of Rai printed in the February issue of Young India. As no one took the blame, the entire class was being punished. He used his literary expertise to write against the use of British goods, advocating Indians to start using Swadeshi goods instead.
Considered as an extremist and aggressive freedom fighter, he was at the forefront of several revolutionary movements like burning western clothes, boycotting British goods and strikes and lockouts in the British owned businesses. For his growing involvement in the freedom movement, he was given the toughest prison sentences in far away Mandalay now Myanmar in without trial.
Bipin Chandra Pal Source: Prasannare.