Lesser known facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri, a true patriots and the second Prime Minister of India was born on October 2, 1904 in Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh and shares his birthday with his inspirational Bapuji. Shashtriji was a dedicated disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and his principles. It was Mahatma Gandhi and his persona that drew Shastriji's to India's independent movement. Shastri ji is remembered for his simplicity, patriotism and honesty. On his birth anniversary here are some interesting facts related to Lal Bahadur Shastri

1. Lal Bahadur Shastri was born in a Srivastav family, but as Shastriji didn't believe in caste discrimination, so after graduating and getting Shastri's title from Kashi Vidyapith, he removed Srivastav from his name which was from his birth and always used Shastri for his name.

2. Lal Bahadur Shastri went to jail as early as when he was 17-years-old. Jailed for his participation in non-cooperation movement, Shastri was later let-off as he was only 17 (minor) then.

3. The reserved seat for women in the transport system was also started by Lal BahadurShastri.

4. Shastri ji introduced third class in the railway. He made a great difference in the rent of First Class and Third Class. This helped the people of the weaker sections to get relief. After a rail accident, he resigned from his position in 1956.

5. It was Shastriji who ordered using jets of water instead of lathis to disperse the crowd; during his charge as a minister of Police Department.

6. After Nehru died, Indira Gandhi was first offered the post of Prime Ministership. Only after she declined, Lal Bahadur Shastri was made the PM.

7. Lal Bahadur Shastri created the phrase ‘Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan (to enthuse the moral, during India's successful war against Pakistan in 1965.

8. Under the leadership of Shastriji, India defeated Pakistan when Pakistan attacked attacked India in 1965.

9. Shastriji was also honored with Bharat Ratna in the year 1966.

10. Shastri's death remains a mystery till date. After signing the Tashkent Agreement, he died from a heart attack in China. His sudden passing away raised many questions. His people and followers believed that he was killed by poisoning.

 

 

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