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Nand Lal

(1887 – 1959) – (Punjab)

Nand Lal (Aged 72) the only son of Shri Kala Ram and Shrimati Rami Bai, was born on 1 January 1887 in Maghiana, Jhang, Punjab, India. After passing his 10th grade exams from KGC Hindu High School in Jhang, Pakistan in 1904, he worked briefly as a clerk in the Deputy Commissioner’s Office at Lyallpur. However, he resigned from the post due to the corruption taking place there and began preparing for the post of petition writer at Shahpur. He passed the exam and started his work in the town of Bhalwal.

Master Ji had always been interested in drama and theatre, and had even written a play on the Ramayan during his fifth standard in school, where he performed the role of Dashrath and also directed the play. He earned the moniker “Master Ji” due to his directorial skills. In 1909, he met Lala Banke, a well-known freedom fighter and editor of the newspaper Jhang Sayal, which proved to be a turning point in his life.

During a visit to Haridwar in 1919, he attended a public lecture by Kana Bali, a female leader, who spoke in support of Gandhi’s call against the Rowlatt Act. Master Ji was also present at the historic AICC meeting in Bombay, where the Quit India Resolution was passed on 8 August 1942. Upon his return, he was arrested on 14 August and remained at Multan and Sialkot jails for the next three years. He was arrested again in July 1945 for defying restrictions and continuing political activity.

Master Nand Lal was imprisoned for almost 11 years in various jails at Lahore, Multan, Sialkot, Dera Ghazi Khan, Ferozepur, Rawalpindi, etc., between 1919 and 1947. He passed away on 17 April 1959.