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LALA LAJPAT RAI

LALA LAJPAT RAI

Popularly known as 'Punjab Kesari' or the 'Lion of Punjab', Lala Lajpat Rai was an outstanding leader, statesman, historian and educationist, distinguished editor, ardent social and religious reformer and powerful orator. He was instrumental in laying the foundation of the traditions of the constructive criticism of Government policies. Along with Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai formed the trinity of militant leaders. He was an active campaigner for Swadeshi and preached the message of self-reliance in India and abroad. He started the Servants of the People Society which did commendable work in diverse fields. He was elected President of the Indian National Congress in 1920. Later, he was associated with the Swarai Party. Lala Lajpat Rai died a martyr while leading a demonstration against the Simon Commission in Lahore.
 
  The portrait, painted by Satish Gujral, was unveiled by the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 17 November 1956.
 
  The portrait was donated by the Servants of the People Society.