Lala Lajpat Rai
- 1865 : Born at Dhudike near Ludhiana in Punjab
- Rai studied law at the Government College, Lahore (now called GCU, Lahore), and had a legal practice in that city.
- 1881: He joined the Indian National Congress at the age of 16.
- 1885: He established the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic School in Lahore.
- 1897: He founded the Hindu Relief Movement to provide help to the famine -stricken people and thus preventing them from falling into the clutches of the missionaries.
- 1905: He fervently advocated the use of Swadeshi goods and mass agitation in the aftermath of the controversial Partition of Bengal by Lord Curzon.
- 1907 : Britishers deported him to Mandalay in present-day Myanmar without trial for demonstrations but he was later released.
Home Rule Movement
- He set out for a lecture tour to Japan, England, and the United States but stayed due to World war 1.
- 1917 : He founded the Indian Home Rule League of America in New York City.
Non- Cooperation movement
- 1920 -23
- 1920 : He was elected President of the Indian National Congress during its Special Session in Kolkata.
- Launch of Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-cooperation Movement.
- Imprisoned from 1921 and 1923.
- 1920 -23
- 1928 : He was attacked by police during a protest rally against the Simon Commission, which later caused his death.
His famous Quote:
- “The blows struck at me today will be the last nails in the coffin of British rule in India.”
Books he wrote
- ‘The Arya Samaj’
- ‘Young India’,
- ‘England’s Debt to India’,
- ‘Evolution of Japan’,
- ‘India’s Will to Freedom’,
- ‘Message of the Bhagwad Gita’,
- ‘Political Future of India’,
- ‘Problem of National Education in India’,
- ‘The Depressed Glasses’,
- the travelogue ‘United States of America’.