Inspirations and Memorials of Lala Lajapat Rai

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Inspirations and Memorials of Lala Lajapat Rai

Inspirations & Memorials

Lala Lajpat Rai was one of the most important nationalist leaders from Punjab, where he is remembered reverently by Hindu nationalists today. He was a key mentor of nationalists like Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad.
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The Lala Lajpat Rai Trust was formed in 1959 on the eve of his Centenary Birth Celebration, to promote education. The trust was founded by a group of Punjabi philanthropists (including R.P Gupta and B.M Grover) who have settled and prospered in the Indian State of Maharashtra.

A state university was created in memory of Lala Lajpat Rai at Hissar, a prominent city in Haryana, where Lala Ji also practised and was married. The university is named as Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hissar and has started functioning from December 1, 2010. The university has started celebrating January 28 as an Annual Memorial Day from 2012, the date on which Lala Lajpat Rai was bom.

A statue of Lajpat Rai stands at the central square in Shimla, India (having been originally erected in Lahore and moved to Shimla in 1948). Lajpat Nagar and Lajpat Nagar Central Market in New Delhi, Lajpat Rai Market in Chandani Chowk, Delhi, Lala Lajpat Rai Hall of Residence at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur and Kharagpur, as well as the Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology (LLRIET), Moga are named in his honour.

Also many institutes, Schools and Library in his hometown of iagraon district Ludhiana are named after him. The bus terminus in Jagraon, Punjab is named after Lala Lajpat Rai. Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital, Kanpur is also named in his honour.
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Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Management is also one of the famous Business-schools in Mumbai.

Lala Lajpat Rai’s mother, Gulab Devi, died of TB in Lahore. In order to perpetuate her memory, Lala Lajpat Rai established a Trust in 1927 to build and run a TB Hospital for women reportedly at the spot where she had breathed her last.

The Trust purchased 40 acres of land in April 1930 from the then Government which gave a free grant of an additional 10 acres on Ferozepur Road (the road is now called Sharah-e-Roomi). Construction work was started in 1931 and completed in 1934 when the Hospital gates were opened to TB patients.

A marble plaque bears witness to the opening of the Hospital on 17 July 1934 by Mahatma Gandhi. On the migration of trustees to India in 1947, the Government invited Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Syed Maratab Ali, Professor Dr. Amiruddin and some other notables and philanthropists to become acting Trustees of the Hospital in July 1948. They constituted a Managing Committee with Begum Raana in the Chair, for running the Gulab Devi Chest Hospital.

Chronology of Events

  • Lala Lajpat Rai Born : 28 January, 1865
  • Joined Govt. College, Lahore : 1880
  • Law Practice at Jaraon. Punjab : 1883
  • Shifted to Hissar. Practiced Law : 1886
  • Founded DAV College at Lahore : 1886
  • Delegate to Congress Session : 1888. 1889
  • Moved to Lahore High Court : 1892
  • Congress Session at Lahore : 1893
  • Founded Punjab National Bank : 1895
  • Founded Hindu Orphan Relict’ Movement : 1897
  • Social Service of Famine-struck : 1899
  • Attended Congress Sessions : 1900
  • Visit to England with G.K. Gokhale : 1905
  • Social Service of Kangra Earth Quake Victims : 1905
  • Deported to Mandalay Jail. Burma : 1907
  • Attended Sural Congress Session : 1907
  • Re-entered Lahore Municipal Council : 1911
  • Re-entered Congress : 1912
  • Visited England again : 1914
  • Indian 1-lome Rule Leage Founded in USA : October. 1917
  • New York to London visit : December. 1919
  • Returned to India : 1920
  • Elected President of Congress : September 1920
  • Non-Cooperation Movement : 1921
  • Arrested & Sentenced for 2 years : December, 1921
  • Hindu-Muslim Riots at Kohat : 1924
  • Presided Hindu Maha Sabha at Calcutta : 1925
  • Participated in International Labour Conference at Geneva : 1926
  • Europe visit and writing of ‘Unhappy India : 1927
  • Established Gulab Devi Chest Hospital Trust : 1927
  • Simon Commission Appointment : 1927
  • Resolution against Simon Commission : February, 1928
  • Arrival of Simon Commission in India : 30 October, 1928
  • Simon Go Back Call : 30 October, 1928
  • The great fall of the Lion : 17 November, 1928