The Swadeshi Movement and the Boycott of Imported Items in 1907 in India

Topics: Indian National Congress, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lal Bal Pal Pages: 15 (5599 words) Published: March 5, 2011
Lal Bal Pal (Hindi: लाल बाल पाल, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal) were the Swadeshi triumvirate who advocated the Swadeshi movement involving the boycott of all imported items and the use of Indian-made goods in 1907. The last years of the nineteenth century, saw a radical sensibility emerge among some Indian Intellectuals. This position burst onto the national all-India scene in 1905 with the Swadeshi movement - the term is usually rendered as "self reliance" or "self sufficiency".[1] Lal-Bal-Pal, mobilized Indians across the country against the Bengal partition, and the demonstrations, strikes and boycotts of English goods that began in Bengal soon spread to other regions in a broader protest against the Raj Lala Lajpat Rai (1865–1928, Punjabi: ਲਾਲਾ ਲਜਪਤ ਰਾਯ, Urdu: لالا لجپت راے; Hindi: लाला लाजपत राय) was an Indian author and politician who is chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for freedom from the British Raj. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari (The Lion of Punjab). He was also the founder of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company. * |

[edit] Early life
(Born in Dhudike, District Moga, Punjab, India on 28 January, in 1865 in a Hindu Family, Lajpat Rai created a career of reforming Indian policy through politics and writing. [1] (When studying law in Lahore, he continued to practice Hinduism. He became a large believer in the idea that Hinduism, above nationality, was the pivotal point upon which an Indian lifestyle must be based.) Hinduism, he believed, led to practices of peace to humanity, and the idea that when nationalist ideas were added to this peaceful belief system, a non-secular nation could be formed. His involvement with Hindu Mahasabhaite leaders gathered criticism from the Bharat Sabha as the Mahasabhas were anti-secularism, which did not conform with the system laid out by the Indian National Congress.[2] This focus on Hindu practices in the subcontinent would ultimately lead him to the continuation of peaceful movements to create successful demonstrations for Indian independence. [edit] Simon Commission protests

In 1928, Lajpat Rai led a procession with Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya to demonstrate against the Simon Commission. During this procession, Rai became the target of a lathi charge (a form of crowd control in which the police use heavy staves or `lathis' in Hindi) led by British police.During World War I, Lajpat Rai lived in the United States, but he returned to India in 1919 and in the following year led the special session of the Congress Party that launched the noncooperation movement. Imprisoned from 1921 to 1923, he was elected to the legislative assembly on his release. When the commission visited Lahore on 30 October 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai led the protest against Simon Commission in a silent non-violent march, but the police responded with violence.[3] Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten with lathis at the chest.[3] He later succumbed to his injuries.[3] Bhagat Singh, who was an eyewitness to this event, claimed that it was this act that caused him to 'vow to take revenge' against the culprits of this violence.[4] [edit] Inspiration and memorial

The Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial 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 statue of Lajpat Rai stands at the central square in Shimla, India. Lajpat Nagar and Lajpat Nagar Central Market in New Delhi, Lalpat Rai Market in Chandani Chowk , Delhi. Lala Lajpat Rai Hall of Residence at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur and Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology, Moga are named in his honor. Also many institutes, Schools and Library in his hometown of Jagraon, district Ludhiana are named after him. The bus terminus in Jagraon, Punjab, India is named...

References: 1. ^ B C Pal, Nationality and empire, Swaraj, April, 1909
3. ^ Territorial vs extra-territorial patriotism ', The Bengali, Feb. 3, 1925
7. ^ Magic preferred to Logic, The Statesman, March 29, 1921
9. ^ Mr Gandhi : Politician or Prophet?, The Bengalee, September 17, Editorial, 1924
11. ^ Hindustan Standard, November 8, 1958
* Owen, N (2007), The British Left and India, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199233012 
Bal Gangadhar Tilak
(July 23, 1856 — August 1, 1920)IN June 1897, two British officials, Rand and Ayerst, were murdered in Poona by Damodar Chapekar
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