The Political Sphere
In 1888, still a lawyer, he entered
politics. The Indian National Congress was fighting for the country's freedom.
Realizing the dire need for freedom, Lalaji joined the Congress as a freedom
fighter. Sir Syed Ahmed who was in the Congress had just then left it.
He had begun to argue that Muslims should not join the Congress and that
they should support the government. Lala wrote bitter open letters to him
in the Urdu weekly Koh-i-noor'. The letters earned high praise in political
circles. The same year in the Congress session at Allahabad, when Lalaji
arrived with eighty delegates from Punjab, he received a tumultuous welcome.
his heroic speech in Urdu there had a great effect on the Congress leaders.
Lala was a young man of 23 years. His fame spread quickly in Congress.