Lal Bahadur Shastri- a man with visionary ideas, gigantic deeds and above all a magnanimous personality. A man who came from lower middle class family ,went on to become the Second Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world. He was a man of exceptional will power.
Shastriji was born on the same day as Mahatma Gandhi in Mughalsarai, United Provinces(present-day Uttar Pradesh). The title “Shastri” which means scholar ,was given to him after he graduated from Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi.
He went to a very ordinary school. He had spent his entire childhood in poverty. He used to walk miles without shoes, even during summer when streets were burning due to scorching heat.
As he grew up, he inculcated more interest in participating in the country’s struggle for freedom from foreign yoke.Deeply impressed and influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, he decided to take part in Non-cooperation movement. He was just 16 at that time. After that he became a significant part of the freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi against the ruling colonial government.
Post-independence he was appointed as the Railways’ Minister in Nehruji’s government. After Nehruji’s untimely death, he was appointed as the Prime Minister. The man who came from a very small village of Uttar Pradesh, whose family had no political connections, became the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world- India. In his short span of governance, he gave a befitting reply to Pakistan in a war of 1965. After the war, a peace treaty was signed in Uzbekistan, where Shastriji and President of Pakistan Ayub Khan were present.
Within 12 hours of the meeting between leaders of both the nations, Shastriji died under unknown circumstances. Some of them say he was poisoned, some say he died of heart attack, some of them have cited other reasons behind his death. The reason behind the death of the stalwart still remains a mystery. The man who was ready to sacrifice everything for the nation has been forgotten by the people.
“Log Kehte hai yeah desh Nehruji ka aur Gandhiji ka hai,
Mai kehti hoon, yeah Desh utna hi Shastriji ka bhi hai.”