The struggle for freedom was
intensifield all over the country in 1930. Mahatma Gandhi started the 'Salt Satyagraha'.
Lal Bahadur took a leading role in it.
At the age of seventeen Lal Bahadur had participated in a procession against the
British Government. The government had arrested him and then freed him. But this time it
did not let him off easily. He had been calling on people not to pay land revenue and
taxes to the government and the government had been keeping a wary eye on him. Now he was
sent to prison for two and a half years.
From this time onwards prison became his second home. He was sent to prison seven times
and was forced to spend nine long years in various prisons on different occasions.
His going to prison was a blessing in disguise. He had time to read a number of good
books. He became familiar with the works of western philosophers, revolutionaries and
social reformers. He translated the autobiography of Madam Curie (a French scientist who
discovered radium) into Hindi.
Lal Bahadur's virtues shone even in the prison. He was a ideal prisoner. 'He was a
model to others in discipline and restraint. Many political prisoners used to quarrel
among themselves for small things. They used to cringe for small favors before the
officials of the prison. But Lal Bahadur used to give up his comforts for others.