Lal Bahadur Shastri Death Anniversary: Unknown facts about the 2nd Prime Minister of India

Publish Date: 11 Jan, 2023
Lal Bahadur Shastri Death Anniversary: Unknown facts about the 2nd Prime Minister of India

Today is the death anniversary of the 2nd Prime Minister of independent India, Lal Bahadur Shastri. He served the nation for more than 30 years. He passed away on this day in 1966 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Under the direction of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, he fought day and night to free India from British tyranny and made a contribution. On his death anniversary let’s take a look at some interesting unknown facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Unknown facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri

  • Lal Bahadur Srivastava was Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri's true name. After graduating from Kashi Vidyapeeth, he received the title of Shastri, and he thereafter began using the prefix Shastri before his name.

  • At the age of 16, Shastri dropped out of school to join Gandhiji's non-cooperation movement and the liberation movement.

  • After the passing of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri's father, he began residing with his maternal grandparents. As a child, due to a lack of money even under challenging circumstances, he used to swim twice daily across the Ganges to get to school while carrying books on his head.

  • Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri rejected the dowry system at the time of his marriage and only accepted khadi cloth and a spinning wheel.

  • Shastri Ji had joined the movement for independence as early as 1920. He actively participated in the British Quit India movement from the non-cooperation movement of 1921 to 1942. Throughout the movement, he was detained numerous times as well.

  • Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri was a devoted supporter of Lala Lajpat Rai's Lok Sevak Mandal, popularly known as the Servants of the People Society.

  • In 1965, upon Shastriji's appointment as prime minister, India and Pakistan went to war. The phrase "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" was also given by Shastri ji to emphasise the significance of farmers and army personnel.

  • Following the country's independence, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri ji implemented a number of policies, including the hiring of women as conductors and passengers, the creation of an anti-corruption committee, and the introduction of third class in the railroads.

  • Shastri ji relocated to Delhi in 1951 after achieving independence and took over many of the Union Cabinet's departments. In addition, he became the Minister of the Home, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, and the Minister of Transportation and Communications.

  • There was a severe lack of food grains in the nation as a result of the war. America simultaneously threatened to halt grain exports to India. It was a really difficult time for the nation under these conditions. In such a circumstance, Lal Bahadur Shastri pleaded with the populace to refrain from eating for one day each week.

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