Lala Lajpat Rai was an author, lawyer, revolutionary, journalist and politician from the British Indian era. Born in an Agarwal Jain family on January 28 1865, Rai’s life shaped from being an ordinary student, to an observer of the struggle of Indian Independence, a lawyer and later to an active member of the Indian National Congress.
Commemorating Lala Lajpat Rai’s life and contributions to the Indian Independence, here are 10 inspiring quotes by him to reminisce:
- “The correct thing for us to do is to strive for a democratic Raj in which the Hindus, the Muslims and the other communities may participate as Indians and not as followers of any particular religion”
- “The end is freedom to live… according to our own conception of what life should be, to pursue our own ideals to develop our own personality and to secure that unity of purpose which would distinguish us from the other Nations of the world”
- “Morality requires that we should take to the work of elevating the depressed classes out of a sheer sense of justice and humanity regardless of any outside considerations”
- “What we aim at is not the merging or the absorption of the one into the other, but the integration of all into one whole, without in any way injuring or lessening each group individually”
- “We want to avoid the evils of class struggle. The only way to meet Bolshevism is to concede rights to the different people of the earth now being bled and exploited”
- “I am a Hindu, in the Punjab the Hindus are in a minority and so far as I am concerned I should be quite content to be represented by any good Mohammedan or Sikh member”
- “The process of building a nation is a moral process. You cannot engage in work of this kind with success by practicing duplicity”
- “Politics is a changing game and I do not believe in any inflexible, cut and dried scheme good for all times and under all circumstances”
- “Milk for the infants. Food for the adults. Education for all”
- “No nation was worthy of any political status if it could not distinguish between begging political rights and claiming them”
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