He was one of the three in the Lal Bal Pal trio namely Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal who were social reformers and freedom fighters who advocated the Swadeshi movement.
Born on January 28, 1865, Lala Lajpat Rai played a pivotal role in the Indian Independence movement. He was one of the three in the Lal Bal Pal trio namely Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal who were social reformers and freedom fighters who advocated the Swadeshi movement.
Popularly known as Punjab Kesari, Lajpat Rai was an author, revolutionary, and politician. He played a pivotal role in the Indian Independence movement. He was also associated with activities of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company in their early stages in 1894. He died a few weeks after sustaining severe injuries during a baton charge by police when he led a peaceful protest march against the all-British Simon Commission, a commission constituted by the United Kingdom for Indian constitutional reform.
Along with founding Arya Gazette as its editor, he regularly contributed to several major Hindi, Punjabi, English and Urdu newspapers and magazines and also authored dozens of books.
Here are some inspirational quotes by the Punjab Kesari :
“The government which attacks its own innocent subjects has no claim to be called a civilised government. Bear in mind, such a government does not survive long.”
“Defeat and failure are sometimes necessary steps of victory.”
“The shots that hit me are the last nails to the coffin of British rule in India.”
“A person should be courageous and honest in worshipping the truth, without being concerned about receiving worldly benefits.”
“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 adults and Education for all.”
“Since the cruel killing of cows and other animals have commenced, I have anxiety for the future generation.”
“The attempt to fulfil the objective by peaceful means with full devotion and honesty is called non-violence.”
“I do honestly and sincerely believe in the necessity or desirability of Hindu-Muslim unity. I am also fully prepared to trust Muslim leaders. But what about the injunctions of the Koran and Hadis? The leaders cannot override them.”
“I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.”