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Last updated: Oct 2, 2023 07:49 IST
LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary and wished that “we may always work towards realizing his vision for a strong India”. On social media platform His simplicity, dedication to the nation and iconic call of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ resonate even today and inspire generations. His unwavering commitment to India’s progress and his leadership in difficult times remain exemplary. May we always work to realize his vision for a strong India.”
Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji on his Jayanti. His simplicity, dedication to the nation and iconic call of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ resonate even today and inspire generations. His unwavering commitment to India’s progress and his leadership in difficult times remain…— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 2, 2023
Shastri, India’s second Prime Minister, was born on October 2, 1904 in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh. He is fondly remembered as a man of the masses, known for his simplicity, honesty and dedication to public service.
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Shastri joined the Indian independence movement at a young age and was deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. He took part in several nonviolent protests and civil disobedience campaigns, and was imprisoned several times by British authorities.
After India gained independence in 1947, Shastri held several important positions in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s government. He served as Minister of Transport and Railways, and later as Minister of Home Affairs.
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In 1964, Shastri became Prime Minister of India after Nehru’s death. His tenure as Prime Minister was marked by a number of challenges, including the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the severe drought of 1965-66.
Despite these challenges, Shastri’s leadership played an important role in steering India through a difficult time. He is also credited with launching the Green Revolution, which transformed India from a food-deficit country to a food-surplus country.
Shastri’s famous slogan, “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (Victory for the soldier, victory for the farmer), captured the essence of his vision for India. He believed that a strong military and a prosperous agricultural sector were essential for India’s development.
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Shastri tragically died of a heart attack on January 11, 1966, at the age of 61. He is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of India’s post-independence era.
Significance of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s birthday
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s birth anniversary is celebrated every year on October 2 as a reminder of his contributions to India. It is also a day to reflect on his values and ideals, which are still relevant today.
Shastri’s life and legacy teach us the importance of hard work, humility and service to others. He showed us that it is possible to achieve great things with simple means and unwavering determination.
On this day, we pay our respects to Lal Bahadur Shastri and pledge to follow his example in building a better India for all.