On October 2, India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti on account of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday but we forget to mention the man who contributed to the growth of India. Yes, we are talking about the second prime minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri – the ‘man of peace’. Shastri shares the birthday with the father of the nation and many also call it his ill fate that his birthday doesn’t get celebrated because Gandhi’s legacy overshadowing it.
As we celebrate the birth anniversary of Shastri, here is a collection of interesting facts about him:
* Shastri resurrected a nation’s broken self-confidence after the defeat against China in 1962 and led it to victory in the 1965 war against Pakistan deserves to be remembered with respect.
* Shastri would swim across the Ganges twice a day with his books tied on top of his head to reach school.
* As minister of police in Uttar Pradesh, Shastri was the first person who used jets of water to disperse crowd instead of a lathi charge.
* On the occasion of his wedding, Shastri took a khadi cloth and a spinning wheel as part of the dowry.
* Shastri’s family was surviving on a pension of Rs 50 per month when he was in jail during the freedom struggle. His wife informed him that she saved Rs.10 from that money. Shastri asked the Servants of People’s Society for his pension to be reduced and Rs.10 to be paid to some needy.
* When his son was given an undue promotion at a department, Shastri had it reversed immediately.
* On the occasion of his birth centenary in 2004, the RBI issued a Rs.100 coin with his portrait on it, commemorating his life. The coin is non-circulating and is available on order alone.
let’s remember him on this day!