Lala Lajpat Rai: Vandalised in Lahore and Restored in Shimla || Partition Story: 1

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लाला लाजपत राय का लाहौर से विस्थापन और शिमला में पुनर्वास || Partition Story: 1

The conference of Indian National Congress in Lahore passed a resolution to demand total independence from British imperialism. A sculpture was installed to mark the conference which got vandalised when the independence arrived in the company of communal carnage. The vandalised sculpture was transported from the capital of East Punjab, Lahore to the capital of East Punjab, Shimla and installed on August 15, 1948 at Mall Road to mark the first anniversary of Independence Day.
The partition of the Indian subcontinent into two independent countries, India and Pakistan left around a million dead and around 15 million people were uprooted from their homes. The hatred and anger was expressed in most brutal forms. People, places and objects identified as other were targeted.
The sculpture of Lala Lajpat Rai was commissioned to B C Sanyal who came to Lahore for the purpose and settled there. Partition uprooted him and the sculpture from Lahore. He restored the sculpture and Gopi Chand Bhargav, the premier of erstwhile East Punjab got the sculpture installed in Shimla.
Alike the history of subcontinent, the history of the sculpture is complex. The earth breaking ceremony for the installation of the sculpture was performed by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Moti Lal Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the conference on bank of the Ravi. Vithalbhai Patel unveiled the sculpture on January 1, 1930 in Gol Bagh Lahore.

The video has subtitles in English, Hindi and Punjabi (Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi separately). For Shahmukhi subtitles please select Urdu as the language. Due to lack of options Shahmukhi subtitles are uploaded as Urdu file.

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