SHRI LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI
Our favourable leader Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on 2nd October 1904, at Mughalsarai, a small town of U.P. He belonged to a lower middle class family. He was born and brought up in the cradle of poverty. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri got his early education, at Kashi Vidyapeeth. It was a place where he drank the rich springs of Indian culture and civilization. He mouled his living according to the Indian way of life.
After completing his education Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri turned to the poor condition of his countrymen under the British rule. He could not tolerate the sufferings of his countrymen. He was deeply moved by the starvation and nakedness of this countryman. Compelled by these circumstances he joined Indian politics. He came in contact with Indian National leaders like Nehru. He worked hard and fought bravely. He became a number of the servants of the people’s society. He joined congress and worked under its leaders who were leading the National Movements.
When India got her freedom, Shastri handled difficult tasks. He held important offices in the Indian National Congress and became Union Minister several times. As a minister whether of Railways, Commerce and Industry or Home affairs, Shri Shastri discharged his duties efficiently and satisfactorily.
After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, Shri Shastri became the second Prime Minister of free India. So he rose to the topmost position of the land. The tenure of his Prime Minister ship from June 1964 till his death at Tashkent would go down in Indian history as a decisive period. It was this period during which he had to face many grave crisis Mike food, famine and above all Pakistan’s attack on India. But he emerged triumphant from all these ordeals and trials. In the days of Indo-Pak war of September 1965, he gave the country a brave and dedicated leadership.
Shri Shastri was a thorough democrat and staunch nationalist. Shri Shastri was a protagonist of Bharatiya Sanskrit. He was a man of the people. He was a blend of firmness, flexibility, patience and preservance. He possessed the courage of Patel and the temper of Gandhiji. He possessed fine qualities of the head and the heart. He was an astute politician and an honest statesman. Keeping his ideals of democracy and secularism alive would perhaps be the best tribute that could be paid to the memory of this patriot and a noble son of India.