Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary (28th of January)
About Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary
The birth anniversary of great Indian freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai is celebrated on the 28th of January every year in India. He was also popularly known as ‘Punjabi Kesri.’
His birthday celebrations are held all across the country, however, special functions are conducted in the north Indian state of Punjab, especially in the Dhudi Ke village of the state, which was also the birthplace of Lala Lajpat Rai.
The state government of Punjab also organizes a list of events including seminars, cultural events, etc. to pay tribute to the immense contribution of Rai in Indian politics and his efforts towards the independence of India.
Born on the 28th of January, in the year 1865, in the Indian state of Punjab, Lala Lajpat Rai was an eminent revolutionary whose leadership during India’s Independence Movement was widely recognized by the nation.
An author by profession, he had pursued his academics studying law, and also practiced the profession for a brief period before joining the Indian National Congress party, and thus, entering the world of politics.
Throughout his life, he has been a supporter of Hinduism as a religion and had an irrevocable belief that religion was the righteous way to drive humanity to peace and liberalism. This ideology garnered a lot of criticism for him, as his beliefs were thought to be “non-secular” contradicting the ideologies of “secularism” that the Congress endorsed.
He was also one of the triumvirates of the “Lal Bal Pal” team, which focused on promoting Swaraj and boycotting European goods. He became popular in history by the title of “Sher-E- Punjab,” which means “The Lion of Punjab,” when translated into English.
His involvement in nationalistic movements was tremendous, some of which also led him to suffer gravely. One such instance was when he suffered from a lot of injuries when he led a peaceful, non-violent protest against the Simon Commission, and got beaten up by the police. He passed away on the 17th of November, in the year 1928.