My Guiding Lights



Ch. Devi Lal Ji

Chaudhary Devi Lal was born to Shugna Devi and Chaudhary Lekh Ram on September 25, 1914 in Teja Khera village of Sirsa district. Chaudhary Lekh Ram was a wealthy Jat landlord of Chautala village.

 

Chaudhary Devi Lal, whose original name was Devi Dayal, received education up to middle school and trained as a wrestler at an akhara in Badal village, Punjab. On Mahatma Gandhi’s call, both he and his elder brother Chaudhary Sahib Ram left their studies unfinished to take part in the freedom movement.

 

He was even sentenced to a year of rigorous imprisonment and sent to Hisar jail on October 8, 1930. He also took part in the movement of 1932 and was jailed in Sadar Delhi Thana. In 1938, he was selected as a delegate of the All India Congress Committee. In March 1938, his elder brother Chaudhary Sahib Ram was elected as an MLA in a by-election on an INC ticket. In January 1940, Chaudhary Sahib Ram was arrested as a satyagrahi in the presence of Chaudhary Devi Lal and over ten thousand other people. He was fined rupees 100 and sentenced to imprisonment for nine months. .

 

Chaudhary Devi Lal was arrested on October 5, 1942 and kept in jail for 2 years for taking part in the 1942 Quit India movement. Therefore, in 1942, both of Chaudhary Lekh Ram’s sons were in the Multan Jail for taking part in the freedom struggle. Chaudhary Devi Lal was released in October 1943 and he got his elder brother released on parole as well. In August 1944, Sir Chhotu Ram, the then Revenue Minister, visited Chautala village. He, along with Lajpat Rai Alakhpura, made efforts to woo both Chaudhary Sahib Ram and Chaudhary Devi Lal to desert Congress and join the Unionist Party. But both workers, dedicated freedom fighters in their own right, refused to leave the party. After independence, Chaudhary Devi Lal started a farmer’s movement and was arrested along with his five hundred workers. After some time, the then Chief Minister Dr. Gopi Chand Bhargawa made an agreement and Muzzara Act was amended. He was elected as a member of Punjab Assembly in 1952 and chosen to be the Congress President of Punjab in 1956.

Ch. Om Prakash Chautala

Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala was born on January 1, 1935 at village Chautala in Dabwali tehsil of Sirsa district. He was educated at his village and later on at Sangria and Dabwali. Being a son of Chaudhary Devi Lal, he developed from an early age a passion for politics.

 

Om Prakash Chautala successfully organised Nyaya Yudh, the call for which was given by Chaudhary Devi Lal under the aegis of the Haryana Sangharsh Samiti. He also organised a handful public meetings called Haryana Bachao, Samast Haryana and Kisan Rally in different parts of the state to protest against rampant lawlessness and corruption in the state.

 

He was elected to the state assembly a whooping seven times in 1970, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. He resigned from the Haryana Legislative Assembly on November 1, 1995 in protest against the state government’s failure to safeguard the interests of the people of Haryana on the issues of river Yamuna and other flood affected areas. He defended Haryana’s case in the Ravi-Beas water and territorial disputes.

 

Om Prakash Chautala has served the state four times as Chief Minister. It was on December 2, 1989 that he first assumed the office of Chief Minister. He repeated the feat in July 1990, March 1991 and July 1999.

 

He has also attended several national and international conferences. He has toured extensively in India and abroad. Countries visited by him include Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Holland, Pakistan, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Greece, United Kingdom and United States.

 

In his four tenures as Chief Minister, Mr. Chautala laid emphasis on transforming the economy of Haryana and making it free from floods. His government also took steps in evolving progressive policies concerning the industry, particularly in the field of Information Technology.

Dr. Ajay Chautala

Ajay Singh Chautala is a unique combination of humanity and generosity. He respects all elders and is a source of energy and inspiration for the young and a sight of relief for the suffering. He has been brought up with values of service and humility.

 

Doctor Ajay Singh Chautala, born on March 13, 1961 is the elder son of Shri Om Prakash Chautala, former Chief Minister of Haryana and grandson of Chaudhary Devi Lal. He did his B.A. from Kurukshetra University and his M.A. in public administration and LL.B. from Rajasthan University. He joined active politics in the 1980s, became an MLA from Rajasthan twice over – first from Data Ram Garh (1989) and then from Nauhar (1993).

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Devi Lal, who was also Ajay’s grandfather, had a special, affectionate bond with him. Ajay himself considered Devi Lal to be his role model.

 

In addition to his active participation in political affairs, he also finds time to pursue his academic, social and sport commitments. He is also actively associated with cooperative movements and held the office of Director as well as Senior Vice President, IFFCO. Ajay Chautala has also taken up various social causes like anti-polythene campaigns, tree plantation drives, eye donation campaigns and the like. He is also deeply interested in sports. He was the President of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) since the year 2000. Recently, he was elected Vice President of the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) as well.

 

A widely travelled man, he has visited Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, China and several other countries in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America.

Ch. Abhay Chautala

Khel Ratna Shri Abhay Singh Chautala Ji, born on February 14, 1963 is the younger son of Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala and Shrimati Sneh Lata.
 
He has been actively associated with politics since his student days but jumped right in only after his B.A. studies. He started his political career by contesting an election for the membership of his village Panchayat and served as Up-Sarpanch of the Chautala village Panchayat for one term. He then went on to contest elections from the Rori Assembly Constituency held in the year 2000 and won the seat by a record number of votes.
 
He forcefully raised issues pertaining to the development needs of his constituency as a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly. He served the people of his constituency by opening new educational institutions, building roads, bridges, primary health centres and also provided other basic facilities to better the living conditions of his people. When he represented Rori constituency in the Haryana assembly, he successfully pleaded to open an engineering college named Jananayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial College at Panniwala Mota.
 
He believes that it is the primary duty of our society and our government to provide educational facilities to girls so that they can be empowered in the real sense of the word. To meet this end, he has opened Shrimati Haraki Devi Memorial College for Women where poor but meritorious girls are provided free boarding, lodging and fee concessions. Free transportation is also provided to those students who live in villages nearby. Since he evinces a keen interest in the development of education in rural areas, members of the society that runs Gandhi Gramothan Vidyapith, Sangria approached him with a request to lend his helping hand in overcoming the economic crisis being faced by it. He agreed and worked as its president for about a dozen years. The said society now has a surplus of funds. Abhay Singh also facilitated the opening of several job oriented and professional courses to meet the fast emerging scenario of globalisation.