Today is the day we lost our second Prime Minister and one of the greatest Indian leaders Lal Bahadur Shastri. He was the second Prime Minister of Independent India and an active Congress leader. Shastri led the Country during the Indo Pakistan war of 1965.
During the war, Shastri coined the well known slogan, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” which translates to “Hail the soldier, hail the farmer.” The Indo Pak war ended on the 10th of January 1966. Coincidently Shastri passed away the very next day on the 11th due to a heart attack. But his sudden passing led to persistent conspiracy theories that he was poisoned.
Here are a few quotes from Lal Bahadur Shastri:
“True democracy or the swaraj of the masses can never come through untruthful and violent means, for the simple reason that the natural corollary to their use would be to remove all opposition through the suppression or extermination of the antagonist.”
“We believe in peace and peaceful development, not only for ourselves but for people all over the world.”
“We want freedom for our country, but not at the expense or exploitation of others, not us to degrade other countries…I want the freedom of my country so that other countries may learn something from my free country so that the resources of my country might be utilized for the benefit of mankind.”
“Success in science and scientific work come not through the provision of unlimited or big resources, but in the wise and careful selection of problems and objectives. Above all, what is required is hard sustained work and dedication.”
“India will have to hang down her head in shame if even one person is left who is said in any way to be untouchable.”
On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid their tributes to Shastri. Modi tweeted, “We pay homage to Shastri Ji on his Punya Tithi. His impeccable service and courageous leadership will be remembered for generations to come.”
Rahul Gandhi quoted Shastri followed by a tribute to the late Prime Minister. “‘Among the major tasks before us, none is of greater importance for our strength and stability than the task of building up the unity and solidarity of our people.’ My tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri ji on his anniversary.”
Lal Bahadur Shastri held office from June 1964 to January 1966. He was the first to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor.