25 Interesting Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of independent India was a man of courage and determination. He successfully led the country during the 1965 war with Pakistan. He united the slogan ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan’ to unite the country during the war. He also played an important role in the independence movement before independence. His life was devoted to country service. He gave the slogan of fasting one day to the country struggling with food problems, which has been recorded as a great work in history. But most people would not know that they tried it on their children before giving this slogan to the country, then asked the country to do so. Today i.e. on January 11, on the death anniversary of Shastri, tell you about this story. So, here are some of the most 25 interesting facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri we bet you didn’t know
On October 2, we all celebrate the birth anniversary of Gandhi Jayanti, but on this day, the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of our country. During his tenure, he brought the country out of many crises and took it on the path of development. Due to his honesty, good intentions, and self-respecting image, opposition parties also respected him and still give him. Lal Bahadur Shastri was a man who, on the basis of his simplicity and patriotism, became Prime Minister of the country.
FACT#1. When Lal Bahadur Shastri became the Prime Minister of the country in 1964, food items were imported from abroad. At that time, the country depended on North America for food grains under the PL-480 scheme. But after the war with Pakistan in 1965, there was a severe drought in the country. To emerge from these conditions, Shastri requested the countrymen to fast for a day and gave us the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’.
FACT#2. During the freedom struggle of the country, Lal Bahadur Shastri had to go to jail for the first time at the age of 17 under the cooperation movement, but at that time he was a minor, so he was released. After this, in 1930, he was imprisoned for two and a half years under the Civil Disobedience Movement. He was then imprisoned between 1940 and 1941 to 1946. In this way, he remained in jail for the entire nine years.
FACT#3. Lal Bahadur Shastri’s personality was very honest and full of patriotism. When he was in jail during the freedom struggle, his wife took two mangoes in jail for him. On this, he expressed his displeasure and staged a protest against his wife. Shastri ji believed that if the prisoners in jail eat anything outside, then that is to violate the law. Therefore, he opposed his own wife. Not only this, once he was given 15 days parole to meet a sick daughter from jail, but his daughter said goodbye to the world before the completion of his parole period, then he went back to jail before the term was completed.
FACT#4. Shastri never used a surname due to being against casteism. Shastri was his title, which he received after studying from Kashi Vidyapeeth. Apart from this, he refused to take dowry in marriage, took a few meters of Khadi in honor of his father-in-law at the very insistence of him.
FACT#5. Lal Bahadur Shastri also worked to give employment to women. During the tenure of the Transport Minister, he first associated women with the transport sector, taking the initiative to bring them as conductors. Apart from this, to remove the protesters, they suggested showering water on them instead of lathi-charge.
FACT#6. Let me tell you, in 1965, when he went to Tashkent to sign the MoU with Pakistan, the news of his heart attack came a day after that on 11 January 1966 and he said goodbye to the world. However, there is still a doubt about his death, due to which his family demanded the government to make all the documents related to his death public.
FACT#7. Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on 2 October 1904 at the house of Munshi Sharda Prasad, a teacher in Ramnagar, Kashi. Due to the death of the father in his childhood, the entire responsibility fell on the mother Ramdulari. Mother took Shastri’s education after taking a loan in poverty. Litterateur Neerja Madhav has written many books on the life of Shastri. Shastri Ji always said in his speeches that nuclear weapons should not be left in the sea. Thousands of living creatures die in the water then affect the balance of the environment.
FACT#8. Shastri Ji used to go out for studies in childhood, then he used to swim and cross the Ganges river every day. Shastri used to easily cross the Ganga river, several kilometers long, with a bag and cloth on his head. Due to being a scholar in school, he also got a scholarship of three rupees in his childhood.
FACT#9. Even after becoming the Prime Minister of the country, Shastriji did not forget the person who slapped him. He broke the experimental biker during high school studies at Harishchandra Inter College. Devilal, a peon of the school, saw them. Devi Lal strongly slapped Shastriji and kicked him out of the lab.
FACT#10. When Shastri came to participate in a program in 1954 after becoming the Railway Minister, Devi Lal turned away on seeing him, but Shastri recognized Devi Lal and embraced him on the stage.
FACT#11. Shastriji did not like VVIP in any program but preferred to be like a common man.
FACT#12. When he was leaving from where he stayed in the Madagin, one of his colleagues interrupted him that your shirt is torn from the side. Shastri Ji politely replied that I am the son of the poor. I will remain like this only then I can understand the pain of the poor.
FACT#13. Shastri Ji was the Prime Minister, then his son Sunil Shastri once went to college by government car. He reprimanded the driver and son that the Government of India car, not the house, was for the service of the public. He had filled four and a half rupees of fuel with a salary to the Government of India.
FACT#14. Once Shastri Ji was traveling by train, AC was running in his coach. Asked PA and was quite annoyed. He said that stop the AC then only the pain of public trains will be understood. He was the first to install a fan in general bogies.
FACT#15. His father’s name was Sharda Srivastava Prasad and his mother’s name was Ramdulari Devi. He had two sisters. Shastri’s grandson, Anil Shastri’s son, Adarsh Shastri, quit his substantial job in the Apple company in 2014 and joined the Aam Aadmi Party.
FACT#16. She was married to Lalitha Devi of Mirzapur on 16 March 1928 and took a spinning wheel and a few yards of cloth as a dowry.
FACT#17. Very few people know that Lal Bahadur Shastri started those seats which you see reserved for women in transport.
FACT#18. Shastri Ji gave the third class on the railway. They had significantly differentiated the fares of First Class and Third Class. This brought great relief to the people belonging to weaker sections. He resigned from his post in 1956 after a railway accident. This was an example of his humanity.
FACT#19. Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was crying after seeing the film “Shaheed” on Bhagat Singh’s life.
FACT#20. Lal Bahadur Shastri promoted the White Revolution / Milk Revolution during his tenure. Anand established the National Dairy Development Board in association with Amul Milk Cooperative of Gujarat.
FACT#21. Pakistan attacked India in 1965 thinking that after the fight with China in 1962, India’s strength would have weakened, when the President called an emergency meeting and the three Chiefs said that tell us what to do now then Shastri’s immediate The answer was that you protect the country and tell us what to do. India defeated Pakistan hard under Shastri Ji.
FACT#22. Lal Bahadur Shastri’s foresight was praiseworthy. During the war, a breakthrough Lahore through Punjab forced Pakistan to retreat.
FACT#23. At the age of 16, Shastri left school and jumped into the freedom movement and joined Gandhiji’s non-cooperation movement.
FACT#24. Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji considered Mahatma Gandhi a guru. He once said – ‘Hard work is like praying.’ Shastri Ji had the same view as Mahatma Gandhi. He was very impressed with Bapu’s thinking.
FACT#25. Shastri’s death remains a mystery till today. He died of a heart attack after signing the Tashkent Agreement. His sudden demise raised many questions. His housemates believed that he was murdered by poison. If the post-mortem had happened on that day, then all the truth would have been revealed but it could not happen. Shastriji is still remembered devoutly for his simplicity, patriotism, and honesty throughout India. He was also posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in the year 1966.
Born: 2nd October 1904
Birth Place: Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Father: Sharada Prasad Shrivastava
Mother: Ramdulari Devi
Wife: Lalita Devi
Political Association: Indian National Congress
Movement: Indian Independence Movement
Death: 11 January 1966
Memorial: Vijay Ghat, New Delhi