October 2 is celebrated annually as the anniversary of the birth of Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was the second Prime Minister of India. On Saturday, leaders from all political backgrounds including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes to Shastri. Her son, Anil Shastri, was also seen paying tribute to Vijay Sthal.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on October 2, 1904 in the Mughalsarai district of Uttar Pradesh. Being involved in politics at a very young age, Shastri played an important role in India’s freedom struggle against the British Raj. Shastri, who was seen as a secularist rejecting the mixture of politics and religion, also placed emphasis on the struggle for the poor people of the country.
He was appointed Prime Minister in 1964 after the death of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and held the highest post until 1966. He ruled India during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and gave the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan ”. He also promoted the White Revolution and the Green Revolution in India.
Shastri died in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on January 11, 1966, a day after signing a peace treaty ending the 1965 war with Pakistan. Although it is officially said that Shastri died of a heart attack, his wife Lalita claimed he was poisoned.
Here are some of the main quotes from Lal Bahadur Shastri:
“Discipline and unity of action are the real strength of the nation.
“We must fight courageously for peace as we fought in war. “
“I’m not as simple as I seem.”
“We believe in peace and peaceful development, not only for ourselves but for people around the world. “