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.

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.