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8 facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri who shares his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • October 3, 2017
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Lal Bahadur Shastri’s contribution to India’s growth is unparalleled, despite his party Congress never giving him credit for it? 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 overshadows it. On October 2, the nation celebrates Gandhi Jayanti on account of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday but somehow we forget to mention the man who contributed towards the growth of India.

But the man who resurrected a nation’s broken self-confidence after the defeat against China in 1962  and led it to victory in 1965 war against Pakistan deserves to be remembered with respect. Here are some facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri, a tiny man who dwarfed the arrogant army general Ayub Khan in Tashkent and died by leaving only one dhoti-kurta and few books as property for his family.

  1. In school days, Shastri would swim across the Ganges twice a day with his book tied on top of his head since he didn’t have enough money to take the boat
  2. Lal Bahadur got the title ‘Shastri’ in Kashi Vidyapeeth university in 1926 as a mark of scholarly success. In fact, it was a degree.

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  1. On the occasion of his wedding, Shastri took a khadi cloth and a spinning wheel as part of the dowry.
  2. 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
  3. During freedom struggle when he was in jail, Shastri’s wife would get a pension of Rs 50 per month. Shastri’s wife once informed him that she saved rs 10 from the money. Irked with her, Shastri asked the Servants of People’s Society to reduce his pension and give Rs 10 to some needy.

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  1. Nehru had once called him half civilised because Shastri would frequently appear on dhoti-kurta
  2. 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.
  3. All India Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament is held every year since 1991 and is a major tournament in the field of Hockey.

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 Lal Bahadur Shastri was one the most appreciated and valued politician in our nation. He was so much honest that people provide him with the tag of “The Statesman Who Made No Money”.

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