The same year general elections were
being held in England, the Indian National Congress decided to send two
represen- tatives to acquaint the public with conditions in India. Lajpat
Rai and Gopal Krishna Gokhale were the two represen- tatives. When they
returned from their visit to England, thousands of people welcomed them
at the Lahore railway station. Students unhitched the horses and they pulled
During his tour of England Lalaji told
the people theyre about the conditions in India during the British rule.
More than this, his reading of the situation was important. It become clear
to him that Indians alone could mould their future and for that purpose,
the government should be in their hands. He resolved that India should
undertake the fight for freedom, the use of articles made in India and
boycott of foreign goods. He put forth these views at the 1907 Congress
session held in Surat City.