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‘We believe in peace and peaceful development not only for ourselves but for the people of the whole world.’

-Lal Bahadur Shastri

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October 2 is an important date for every citizen in the history of India. Don’t you know why?

Huge personality of short stature: Can you believe there was someone who swam in the Ganges with books on their heads to go to school, because they didn’t have the money to go by boat? Yes, we are talking about Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of independent India. He was born on this day i.e. on October 2, 1904 in Mughalsarai, a small railway town seven miles from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. His father was a school teacher, who died when Lal Bahadur Shastri was only one and a half years old.

Influence of Mahatma Gandhi: Lal Bahadur was 16 when Gandhiji called upon the countrymen to join the non-cooperation movement. He immediately decided to leave his studies in response to the call of the Mahatma. He was influenced by Gandhi’s political teachings.

‘Hard work is equal to prayer,’ he once said in a tone reminiscent of his guru, Gandhiji. Shastri has an extensive history of being a freedom fighter, nationalist and leader of the nation. They were mainly concerned with the basic economic problems of the country, lack of food, poverty and unemployment.

Prime minister: He became the Prime Minister of India in 1964 after the sudden demise of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He is best known for leading India in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. He remained in this position for about one and a half years. He served during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 to boost the morale of soldiers and farmers in the backdrop of critical war and food shortage. ‘Jai jawan jai kisan’ The famous slogan of

Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on 2nd October i.e. Gandhi Jayanti. He used to remember his guru Mahatma Gandhi even on his birthday. In this picture from October 2, 1965, Shastri is remembering Gandhi with a spinning wheel.

7 big lessons to be learned from Shastri’s life

1) Leadership in tough situations: Leading the country in easy times is not a big deal, but Shastri ji handled India in difficult times. Under his leadership, India won the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. During this time he stopped taking his salary as Prime Minister as the country was facing food shortage. After the declaration of armistice on 23 September 1965, Prime Minister Shastri and the then President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan signed an agreement in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Lesson: Determination and unwavering intentions.

2) White and Green Revolution: Shastri created the National Dairy Development Board to make India self-sufficient in milk production. Shastri was the one who started the Green Revolution in India scientifically and brought awareness. He set the goal of lifting the rural economy and encouraging industries. It turned India into a food surplus economy. Lesson: New ways of changing times.

3) Handling non-Hindi speaking states: There was strong opposition to Hindi in Tamil Nadu before and even after independence. There were massive protests and riots in Tamil Nadu over the official status of Hindi in the state. The Indian government’s efforts to make Hindi the sole official language after 1965 were not acceptable to many non-Hindi Indian states, which wanted continued use of English. To defuse the situation, Shastri assured that English would continue to be used as the official language for as long as the non-Hindi speaking states wanted. Lesson: Flexibility and take everyone along.

4) Simplicity: He was a man of high self-respect and moral values. At the time of Shastri, there was a tradition of taking dowry during marriage in India, but Shastri took charkha and khadi as dowry. While living in the Prime Minister’s residence, he once looked at the ceiling fan and said, ‘Bas ik yaad lagga hai’. He had only a few books and a dhoti-kurta in the name of property. Lesson: Simple Living, High Thinking.

5) Shastri Vrat: As Prime Minister, he urged people not to eat once a day to ensure that food is distributed equitably. His appeal for the closure of eateries on Monday evening received a good response. The citizens later called it ‘Shastri Vrat’. Lesson: It’s not wrong to have high expectations in tough times.

6) Honesty is the best policy: As prime minister, he did not use a government car to send his children to school, instead he personally bought a Fiat car for Rs 12,000 on a loan, which was paid by his wife after his death with pension money. done from Lesson: Be an example yourself, don’t just be rhetoric.

7) Opposing Untouchability: Lal Bahadur Shastri opposed the caste system. One of the many inspirational quotes given by him was, ‘India will have to bow its head in shame if there is a single person left who is by any means called an untouchable.’ Shastri dropped his surname in school simply because he did not believe in the caste system. After graduating from Kashi Vidyapeeth, he was awarded the title of ‘Shastri’ as a scholarly achievement. Lesson: Resist social evils with courage.

He died on 11 January 1966 after the signing of the Tashkent Declaration. He was the first person to be awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously.

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