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Lala har dayal biography
- Name- Lala har dayal
- Real name- Har Dayal singh
- Known for- Contribution to Indian freedom struggle
- Literary contributions- Our Educational Problem, Hints for Self Culture, Thoughts on Education, The Bodhisatva Doctrines and Glimpses of World Religions
- Important dates
- Birthday- 14 October 1884
- Obit day- 4 March 1939
- Important places
- Place of birth- Delhi, Punjab, British India
- Obit place- Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) U.S.
- Institutions- Cambridge Mission School, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, Punjab University, Oxford University
- Educational qualifications- bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, master’s degree also in Sanskrit
- Father- Gauri Dayal Mathur
- Mother- Bholi Rani
- Siblings- NA
- Spouse- NA
- Children- NA
Lesser known facts
- Lala har Dayal was sixth of 7 children that his parents Bholi Rani and Gauri Dayal Mathur had. His father worked in a District Court.
- When he was very young, he got influenced by Arya Samaj. In fact, he got associated with a number of great revolutionaries at a very young age. These people included stalwarts like Shyamji Krishnavarma, Veer Savarkar & Bhikaji Cama.
- In 1905, lala har dayal received scholarship for his studies at Oxford University. He was supposed to study Sanskrit there.
- By the time his education started he was very interested in the Indian freedom struggle. He was working on ICS exam at the time but he decided to give that up along with his scholarship. He returned to India in 1908 itself and decided to live a life of complete austerity. The desire to contribute to the cause of freedom inspired him to write inspiring articles in leading Indian newspapers. Thats why the British Government decided that it will put a ban on his writings. At this time, Lala Lajpat Rai gave him the advise to leave India and stay abroad.
- Lala har dayal moved to Paris in 1909. There he became the editor of ‘Vande Mataram’.
- Bhai paramanand convinced him to go to United states so that the ancient culture of Aryan Race could be propagated. He actually found him staying in a very simple life completely lonely and isolated at the time. They also discussed about starting a new religion which was modeled on Buddhism. The objective of this religion was supposed to be Atheism, moral law and Cosmopolitanism.
- Lala har dayal inspired many Indians living in Canada and North America to fight against British government during First World War through his simple lifestyle and intellect .
- While he was in United States he also got involved in industrial unionism. He also founded ‘Bakunin Institute of California’. He regarded the institute as the “the first monastery of anarchism”
- With help from people like Teja Singh, Arthur Pope and Tarak Nath Das, he had also set up ‘Guru Govind Singh Sahib Educational Scholarship’ which catered to Indian students.
- When Basanta Kumar Biswas attempted the assassination of Indian Viceroy ‘Lord Hardinge’ in 1912, it had a major impact on Lala har dayal. He was very inspired and immediately brought out a pamphlet in which he talked very positively about the bombing.
- In 1914, United States governmen arrested him for spreading anarchist ideas. He later fled to Germany and also lived for a decade in Sweden subsequently.