SRI LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI
Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri was the great leader of our country. He was an honest and hard congress worker. Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri belonged to middle class family. He rose to the highest position by his hard work, sincerity and sheer merit. He was soft and polite in talk but strict and strong administrator.
Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on 2nd October, 1904 at Mogul Sarai in Varanasi. His father was Shardha Prasad Shrivastava and smt. Ramdulari Devi was his mother. His father was an ordinary teacher and died when he was below two years old.
Lal Bahadur and his mother lived with their maternal grandparents. He went to primary school in Varanasi while he was there in the village by crossing river Ganges. He was so poor, sometimes he did not posses money to pay the boatman to cross the river. His devotion and desire for studies was too much. He left his grandparents and joined maternal aunt’s house at Varanasi to prosecute his high school studies at Harish Chandra School. He joined non co-operation movement and gave up his studies for the sake of country’s freedom. He jailed for two and half years. After coming from jail he joined Kashi Vidhya peeth and took the Shastri degree. From then on he was called by people as Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Lal Bahadur Shastri joined Satyagraha in 1932 and 1933. He was jailed for one year each time. He read extensively while in jail about the world’s reknown philosophers and their philosophy. His worth was recognized by G.B. Pant and designed him as general secretary of U.P. congress from 1935 to 38. In the year 1939 he was elected to U.P. legislative assembly.
Lal Bahadur Shastri became Prime Minister after the sad demise of Pt. Nehru. He was the most popular prime minister of our country. He worked as prime minister of our country about one and half year only. He solved many problems of our country. On 18th august 1956, Pakistan attacked India got victory. His slogan was “jai Jawan, jai kisan”.
He signed on peace pact and returned the land won by India. It was signed on 10th January, 1966 and Shastri died just after nine hours in Taskent. People of India grieved very much for the sad demise of their beloved leader and mourned deeply.
Shastri was a man of high morals, and sacrificed his own life for the nation. He worked for their uplift. He identified himself with the Indian masses and stood as their benefactor.