On October 2, we celebrate the birth anniversary of two great leaders, one is Mahatma Gandhi and the other, Lal Bahadur Shastri. While a lot is known about our beloved Baapu and his extraordinaire life, on the other hand, we don’t know much about Shastriji’s life. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of free India. Known for his selfless nature and calmness, he signed the Tashkent agreement ending the India-Pakistan 1965 war.
During his prime ministerial era, his slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan‘ united the whole country in critical war times.
At the time of 1965 war, when our soldiers were fighting on the border, Shastriji requested the entire nation to fast for a day. But before that, he asked his family to keep the fast just to see if his children can sustain it. Shastriji’s son, Anil Shastri, shared this memorable incident,
“Father asked our mother not to cook a particular meal and see if the children could bear to skip that meal and we passed the test,”
Thereafter, he addressed the nation to keep a fast every Monday.
Also, the moment he heard the news of Pakistan attack, within ten minutes, he ordered the Indian Airforce to attack back. He didn’t consult any other ministry and went ahead with what he believed was right. This is a true mark of a great leader.
For him, his country always came first. Thus, he denied his salary. His salary was sent to the government’s calamity fund.
Today, in the era of black money, the government is making crores through taxes whereas poor remains poor. The political leaders of today should learn from Shastri’s devotion to the country.