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The Life and Times of Lala Lajpat Rai There are few leaders of the pre-independence era who, after having plunged themselves into the political struggle, continued to take an active interest in social, cultural and educational work. Lala Lajpat Rai was one of such leader. Born on 28th January, 1865 at a small village, Dhudike in the Ferozpur district of Punjab , he belonged to the Agarwal Baniya caste and it was perhaps because of this, in addition to taking part in social and political life of the country, he took keen interest in industrial and financial matter also. His father was a teacher of Persian and Urdu in a government school. (1865-1928) Having passed the final examination in Law from Punjab University, he started his practice in1883, when he was barely 18 years old. Endowed with a rich legacy of moral and intellectual background, Lala Lajpat Rai had benefit of education in his the practical rationalism of western science combined with the religious purity and moral elevation of Eastern literature put on him the hallmark of true culture. While sympathizing with and aiding every movement made for progress, Lala Lajpat Rai identified himself very closely with Arya Samaj, in which he found ample scope for the exercise of his patriotism, philanthropy and religious zeal. Having qualified as a pleader, Lala Lajpat Rai started practice at Hissar and soon became a leading lawyer of the district. He organized the Arya Samaj there and put it on proper lines. In 1892, he transferred his practice to the wider field at Lahore. Education, both secular and religious, was in Lala Lajpat Rai’s view an important factor in national development. HE took part in the foundation of the D.A.V. College at Lahore. Lalaji and Politics Lala Lajpat Rai always felt drawn towards politics. It was in 1888 that he joined the Indian National Congress when it met at Allahabad under the presidency of Mr. G. Yule. In 1905, the Indian National Congress Committee having recognized in him an austere, sincere and selfless devoted worker selected him as one of its delegates to place before the British public the political grievances of the Indian people. He met the expenses of his trip from his own pocket. He along with Gokhale carried on the political campaign in various parts of England and brought home to the mind of the British, the evils of an unsympathetic and bureaucratic government under which India was labouring and pleaded in eloquent language, adding facts and figures in supporting their contention, cause of the half starving and half dying people of India. Lala Lajpat Rai created an impression on the public of England.
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After his return from England, he was busy devising and organizing ways and means for political advancement and industrial emancipation of the country. The movement of
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