This essay on Lal Bahadur Shastri explores his life and some of his greatest contribution towards the country.
Introduction : Lal Bahadur Shastri, who served as the Prime Minister of India for nearly eighteen months from 9 June 1964 to his death on 11 January 1966, was a great leader and patriot.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Short Essay
Lal Bahadur Shastri was born to Munshi Sharda Prasad Shrivastav and Ramdulari in Mughalsarai ( Uttar Pradesh ) on October 2, 1904. His father was a teacher in primary school. Being the youngest member of his family his relatives used to call him Lal Bahadur out of love and affection. After the death of his father when he was only eighteen months old), he along with his mother Ramdulari moved to Mirzapur. After receiving a Shastri Degree from Kashi Vidyapeeth, he replaced his surname Shrivastav with ‘Shastri’ to free himself from the practice of keeping surnames according to one’s caste.
After completing his bachelor ‘s level education in the Sanskrit language, Lal Bahadur Shastri joined the RSS and this marked the beginning of his political career. Shastriji was a true Gandhivadi who spent his whole life with simplicity and used it for the service of the poor. Lal Bahadur Shastri had actively participated in all important programs and movements of the Indian Independence Movement, and as a result, he had to pass a considerable time of his life in jail. He has an important role in the movement for freedom with a notable contribution in 1921 ‘s non-cooperation movement, the Dandi march in 1930 and the Quit India Movement in 1942.
On 9th August 1942 Shastriji reached Allahabad and cleverly called the Gandhian slogan “Do or die” as “Die, do not die!” and played an important role in letting the Quit India Movement spread across the country.
Due to his robust image and respect, he commanded in the then India, he was made the Prime Minister of the country in 1964. India was not alright those days. The capitalists wanted to dominate the country and the relations with our neighbors were tense. Conditions worsened with the sudden attack of Pakistan in 1965. Credit must be given to Shastriji’s excellent leadership skills that drove the country out of this mess.
Lal Bahadur Shastri famous Slogan ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan’ played an important role increased the morale of the people of India and the whole country got together. .In his first press conference, he had said that his top priority is to stop the food prices from rising and he was successful in doing so. His activities were theoretical but in line with public needs.
Lal Bahadur Shastri died mysteriously on the night of 11 January 1966, in Tashkent, the capital of Russia, after he refused to return the Pakistani land won by the Indian soldiers during the Indo-Pak war. The cause of death is known as a heart attack. However many, including his family members disagree to this, sensing a collision of Russia and America.
Even today, India remembers Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri for his simplicity, patriotism, and honesty. He was awarded Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor of India, in 1966.