Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Prime Minister of India, was born on October 2, 1904, in a generally lower class family of Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh. Your real name was Lal Bahadur Shrivastav. Shastriji’s father Sharda Prasad Shrivastav was a teacher and later he worked for the post of clerk in the Revenue Department of the Government of India.
Lal Bahadur’s education took place at Harishchandra High School and Kashi Vidya Peeth. After you passed the Post Graduate Examination, you were awarded the title of ‘Shastri’.
You have been associated with the Bharat Sevak Sangh. This is where you started your political life.
Shastriji was appointed as the parliamentary secretary of Uttar Pradesh after India’s independence. In the Cabinet of Govind Ballabh Pant, you were assigned the Police and Traffic Ministry. During the transport minister’s tenure, you appointed female conductors.
If you are a minister of police, you have used the use of water shock rather than a stick to control the crowd.
In 1951, under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru, you were appointed a general secretary of All India Congress Committee. In the elections of 1952, 1957 and 1962, the Congress Party was the result of your relentless hard work and effort, with the overwhelming majority winning the victory.
Given the talent and integrity of India, after the death of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Congress Party entrusted Lal Bahadur Shastri with the responsibility of the prime minister in 1964. You took charge of the Prime Minister of India on June 9, 1964.
Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri gave a slogan to ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ on January 26, 1965, with the objective of keeping the soldiers and farmers of the country strong towards their dedication and integrity and to make the country self-reliant in the food sector. This slogan is still popular in India.
On the night of January 11, 1966, after signing the agreement to end the war with President Ayub Khan in Pakistan’s capital Tashkent, Uzbekistan, you died in mysterious circumstances.
You were awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’ for your simplicity, patriotism, and honesty.