15 Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri That Prove He Was A Leader Of High Morals
Lal Bahadur Shashtri served as the 2nd Prime Minister of Independent India. He was also the leader of the Indian National Congress. He was born on the same date as Mahatma Gandhi – 2nd October and was one of the followers of his teachings and principles.
His slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ was heavily used during the Indo-Pak war and went on to empower the farming community during the period.
On January 11th 1966, Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Here are some surprising facts about Lal Bahadur Shashtri who had an important role to play in India’s Independence.
#1. He was the first to recommend the use of water-jets to disperse mob during rallies and protests instead of lathi-charge.
#2. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the man of high morale and standards and this reputation followed him to his grave. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1966 for his contributions to the country.
#3. He was the father of the Green and White Revolution in the country.
#4. The day that India became a republic i.e 15th August 1947, he was appointed as the Minister of Police and Transport. He was the first leader to make a provision for women conductors and drivers in public transport.
#5. He bought his first family car – a Fiat – with a loan from Punjab National Bank. He purchased it for ₹ 12,000.
#6.Post signing the Tashkent Pact with Pakistan, his sudden mysterious death was questioned by the public. Some say CIA had something to do with it. Reportedly, he died of a heart attack.
#7. When he was the PM of India, the country was facing acute food shortage. To solve this nation-wide issue, he urged the general public to skip one meal each week. Many eateries across the country then shut shop every Monday evening and this came to be known as ‘Shastri Vrat’.
#8. He was a great opposer of caste-system in the country. He dropped his surname ‘Shrivastava’ to prove his displeasure with this discriminating system.
#9. He took part in Gandhi’s Dandi March and was imprisoned for it for 2 years.
#10. During his tenure as the PM, the National Dairy Development Board was formed to support the White Revolution.
#11. He once led a door-to-door campaign to dissuade people from paying land revenue taxes to the British.
#12. When he became the Home Minister he formed Committee on Prevention of Corruption under the guidance of K. Santhanam.
#13. He was pivotal in boosting the morale of Indian army during the Indo-Pak war.
#14. He resigned from his post as a Railway Minister after a freak train accident in Tamil Nadu killed 150 passengers.
#15. As opposed to the norm of the time, he allowed a piece of cloth and a spinning wheel to be given as ‘dowry’ on his wedding.
It’s been 52 years since Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away but our generation is yet to know that a lot of freedom and liberties we enjoy today were first introduced by this leader.
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