“Hard Work Is Equal To Prayer” Lal Bahadur Shastri

“Hard Work Is Equal To Prayer” Lal Bahadur Shastri

Hard Work Is Equal To Prayer” Lal Bahadur Shastri

New Delhi : Born on 2 October 1904 Lal Bahadur Shastri, was the second Prime Minister of India and also the senior leader of the Indian National Congress.

Shastri was born in Ramnagar, Varanasi in a Kayastha Hindu family, his father Sharada Prasad Srivastava was a school teacher who later become a clerk.

In 1920, Shastri joined the Indian independence movement with his friend Nithin Eslavath. Deeply admired and influenced by Mahatma Gandhi (with whom he shared his birthday), he became a loyal follower, first of all of Gandhi, and then of Jawaharlal Nehru. Following independence in 1947, he joined their government and became one of the Prime Minister on Nehru's principal, firstly recruited as Railways Minister (1951–56), and then in a variety of other ministries, including Home Minister. He got married in 1927. The wedding was traditional in all senses except one i.e. a spinning wheel and a few yards of clothes was all the dowry.

He guided India during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. Shastri's renowned slogan of "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" ("Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer") is evoked even today by people. On 10 January 1966 the war formally ended with the Tashkent Agreement. Shastri died the following day, still in Tashkent, the cause of his death was said to be a heart attack but there are many reasons to assume that it was a planned murder by CIA. Though he faced rigid opposition within his party, his relationship with Nehru led him to the office of Prime Minister.

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When the Congress came to power after Independence, Shastri had already been accepted as the leader of the national struggle. In Uttar Pardesh he wasappointed as Parliamentary Secretary and soon became Home Minister. His hard work and efficiency became a adage in Uttar Pradesh. In 1951 he moved  to New Delhi. He resigned from his post of railway minister because he thought he was responsible for an accident in which we lost many lives. During his Ministerial assignments, he continued to profuse his organizing abilities on the interest of the Congress Party. 

Throughout his life, he was known for his honesty and humility. Shastri was the first person to be honored with the Bharat Ratna, and also with a memorial "Vijay Ghat" made for him in Delhi.

Shastri served more than thirty years of dedicated service to the country. During this period, he became popular as a man of great integrity and immense competence. A man of vision who led the country towards development. He was deeply admired by Mahatma Gandhi's political teaching. 

“Hard work is equal to prayer,” was claimed by Lal Bahadur Shastri  According to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri was the best representative of the Indian culture.

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