Today is the birthday of one of the great Prime Ministers of India, Late Sh. Lal Bahadur Shashtri. A thread on this great person especially for those who do not know much about this 'little' great man.
Lal Bahadur was born in the year 1904 in Mughalsarai, United Provinces, British India as Lal Bahadur Srivastava. His father Sharada Prasad was a poor school teacher, who later became a clerk in the Revenue Office at Allahabad.
When Lal Bahadur was three months old, he slipped out of his mother's arms into a cowherd's basket at the ghats of the Ganges. The cowherd, who had no children, took the child as a gift from God and took him home.
Lal Bahadur's parents lodged a complaint with the police, who traced the child, and returned him to his parents.
His father died when he was only a year and a half old. His mother Ramdulari Devi took him and his two sisters to her father's house and settled down there.
He stayed at his grandfather Hazari Lal's house till he was ten. Since there was no high school in their town, he was sent to Varanasi where he stayed with his maternal uncle and joined the Harischandra High School.
Later on, he was awarded the title of 'Shastri' by Kashi Vidyapeeth, which later stuck to him.
Apparently, when he got married, he refused to take any dowry as well...and at the insistence of his father in law took 5 yards of Khadi.
He is (deliberately am using the present tense) one of the few Ministers who owned up moral responsibility. This has to be viewed against the fact that word 'Moral' and 'Morality' do not exist anymore in the dictionary of the Indian political leadership.
I would think during his time he stewarded the 'green revolution' and also gave the slogan, 'Jai Jawan, Jai KIsan' which in a nutshell galvanized the nation when it was passing through some of the tightest times.
Wrote this blog about 10 years back. However, it is heartening to see that recognition for this person is slowly coming back what was rightfully his.
The nation might have forgotten you, Shastriji - but there are people who still remember you. @MahimaShastri @Raji_Iyer112 @Rajiiyer100 @mayfair1958 @Indian_Indrani @i_m_nitinraj @NAN_DINI_ @nandini_idnani @chitranayal09 @SundaramChitra @SulagnaDash6
@GitaSKapoor @vinayak_jain Normally I don't tag you, but this is an exception!
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