Today is Shastri Jayanti. We pay our utmost tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji on his 118th Birt Anniversary.
The 2nd Prime Minister of India, the legend Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji was born on 2nd October in the year 1904. He was a praiseworthy pioneer and a man of vision. His journey from days of being a seasoned freedom fighter to taking charge of the highest responsibility of the nation as the Prime Minister was so inspiring. He was also the first Bharat Ratna awardee as a posthumous laureate of this honour.
He served the country as prime minister from 1964 to 1966, also he was the Home Minister of India from 1961 to 1963. He started the white revolution to increase the production and supply of milk and the Green Revolution to boost India’s food production. He led the India during 1965 Indo-Pak war. He is always remembered for his slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” to motivate the army and nation during war.
Under his short-term leadership, India achieved many heights of success. During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he sent the army across the LOC and the force threatened Pakistan by crossing the International Border near Lahore.
Above all political power, he was a simple and most ground-to-earth man. During the 1965 war crisis, he stopped taking his salary as a PM.
During the freedom movement of India, he played a key role. He left school when he was in 10th standard and join the Congress Party as a volunteer. He was also jailed many times for his freedom fight. Later in 1928, Shastri Ji became an active and mature member of the Indian National Congress.
He was one of the key people during Satyagraha support of the independence movement, the Quit India movement, and the non-cooperation movement. Later after Independence, he joined the government. Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji was first appointed as Minister of Police and Transport of Independent India.
Shastri Ji passed away on 11 January 1966 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (then the Soviet Union), a day after signing a peace treaty with Pakistan to end the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. There have been debates on the causes of his death and speculations of a conspiracy. But some considered it murder and then political leaders of our country suppressed the conspiracy.