10 Lesser Known Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri

10 Lesser Known Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri


10 Lesser Known Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri

New Delhi : The first thing that comes to our mind when someone says ‘October 2’ is ‘Gandhi Jayanti’. But we seldom remember that October 2 is also the birth anniversary of the second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri. He joined politics at a very young age as a satyagrahi in the Indian National Movement for independence under the guidance of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and later he became Prime Minister of India in 1964.

On his birth anniversary, following are the 10 lesser known information about 
the man of peace.

1. Shastri was born to Sharada Prasad and Ramdulari Devi in Varanasi, Uttar  Pradesh in a hindu family. Earlier his father worked as a teacher as a clerk  in the Revenue Office of Allahabad. Due to bubonic plague his father passed away when he was 1 year old.

2.In 1917, at the age of 12, he dropped his surname ‘Shrivastava’, opposing the deeply implanted caste-system in India. After completion of his graduation, he was provided with the title ‘Shastri’, which means scholar.

3.He became the Minister of Police and Transport on 15 August 1947. First women conductors were appointed during his tenure. He was first person who suggested police to use jets of water instead of lathis to disperse disobedient crowds.

4. Shastri became the railway minister in 1952 but in 1956,he resigned from his post after a train accident took place in Tamil Nadu and killed nearly 150 passengers.

5.He promoted White Revolution underlining the necessity to increase the productivity and milk supply. In 1965 the National Dairy Development Board was formed. He also promoted Green Revolution to increase India’s food production.

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6.In 1965, during Indo-Pakistan war, Shastri asked army to take necessary actions. India won the war under his leadership. 

7. Country was facing an acute food shortage, thus to ensure that the food could be distributed equally among everyone  he requested people to skip their one meal of a day. His appeal got wonderful responses as eateries shutted down their shutters on Monday evening and this skipping of meal  was popularly known as ‘Shastri Vrat’.

8.When he was the Prime Minister, his family asked him to buy a car. The Fiat car he bought was for Rs 12,000. Since he had only Rs 7,000 in his bank account, he applied for a bank loan of Rs 5,000 from the Punjab National Bank. The car is today kept at the Shastri Memorial in New Delhi.

9.He used Chevrolet Impala car official purpose. When Shastri learned that his son has used his car for drive asked his driver to check the distance and immediately deposited the money of that distance in the government account.
 
10.He took his last breath in Tashkent, on 11 January 1966,the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration,due to cardiac arrest. No postmortem was carried out on his body making it a great controversial issue. He was the first person to be 
honored with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna

Shastri gave more than thirty years of dedicated service to the country.  During this tennure, he became famous as a man of great integrity and immense competence. Mahatma Gandhi once said that, Lal Bahadur Shastri was the best representative of the Indian culture.

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