Some Lesser Known Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri
|Real Name||Lal Bahadur Shastri|
|Nickname(s)||Man of Peace, Shastri, Nanhe|
|Profession(s)||Teacher, Activist, Politician|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 154 cm|
in meters– 1.54 m
in feet inches– 5’ 1”
|Political Party||Indian National Congress|
|Political Journey||1928: Joined Indian National Congress on the call of Mahatma Gandhi.|
1929: Became Secretary, Allahabad Distt Congress Committee.
1935-37: Elected as General Secretary, UP Provincial Congress Committee.
1937: Elected to UP Legislative Assembly and became the Organizing Secretary, UP Parliamentary Board.
1947: Became the Parliamentary Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, and on 15 August, appointed the Minister of Police and Transport under Govind Ballabh Pant’s Chief Ministership.
1951: Under the Prime- Ministership of Jawaharlal Nehru, appointed as the General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee.
1952: Became an MLA from Soraon North cum Phulpur West seat, and on 13th May, became the First Railway Minister of the Republic Of India.
1957: Pt. Nehru again appointed Shastrji in his cabinet as Minister of Transport and Communication.
1958: Given the charge of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
1961: Became Home Minister after the death of Pt. GB Pant.
1964: On 9 June, became the Second Prime Minister of India and served till 1966.
|Famous Quotes||• “That loyalty to the country comes ahead of all other loyalties. And this is an absolute loyalty since one cannot weight it in terms of what one receives”.|
• “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”.
• “If Pakistan has any ideas of annexing any part of our territories by force, she should think afresh. I want to state categorically that force will be met with force and aggression against us will never be allowed to succeed.”
|Memorials (Major ones)||• Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (Mussorie, Uttarakhand).|
• The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute was named after Shastri due to his role for developing scholarly activities between India and Canada.
• On Shastri’s 45th death anniversary, in 2011, the Uttar Pradesh Government declared to renovate Shastri’s ancestral house at Ramnagar in Varanasi and announced plans to convert it into a biographical museum.
• Varanasi International Airport.
• In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, there is a Lal Bahadur Shastri Centre for Indian Culture with a Monument and a street is named after him.
• The Almatti Dam is renamed as Lal Bahadur Shastri Sagar, situated in Northern Karnataka, constructed over the River Krishna. The foundation stone was laid by him.
• Coins of ₹5 released by RBI during his birth centenary celebrations.
• Since 1991, All India Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey tournament is held every year as a major tournament.
• Life-size statues of Shastri have been erected at Mumbai, Bangalore (Vidhana Soudha), New Delhi (CGO Complex), Almatti Dam Site, Ramnagar-UP, Hisar, Vizagapatinam, Nagarjuna Dam site, Warangal.
• Life-size busts of Shastri have been erected at Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Varanasi(Airport), Ahmedabad (lakeside), Kurukshetra, Shimla, Kasargod, Indore, Jalandhar, Mhow, Uran.
• Lal Bahadur Shastri Medical College in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
• Shastri Bhavan in New Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow.
|Date of Birth||2 October 1904|
|Birthplace||Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh|
|Date of Death||11 January 1966|
|Place of Death||Tashkent (currently in Uzbekistan)|
|Age (at the time of death)||61 Years|
|Death Cause||Not confirmed |
According to one source: There was a Conspiracy behind his death
According to other sources: Died of Cardiac Arrest (followed by two earlier heart attacks)
|Resting Place||Vijay Ghat, New Delhi|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Libra|
|Hometown||Kudh Kalan, Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh|
|School||Shri Harish Chandra Intermediate College|
|College/University||Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi|
|Educational Qualification||1st class honor (Arts)|
|Address||10 Janpath, New Delhi|
|Award||Bharat Ratna (1966) by the President of India (posthumously)|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Marital Status (At the time of death)||Married|
|Marriage Date||16 May 1928|
|Wife/Spouse||Lalita Devi (1928-1966)|
|Children||Son(s)– Hari Krishna Shastri, Anil Shastri (Politician: INC), Sunil Shastri (Politician: BJP), Ashok Shastri|
Daughter(s)– Kusum Shastri, Suman Shastri
|Parents||Father– Sharada Prasad Shrivastava (a school teacher)|
Mother– Ramdulari Devi (home-maker)
Sister(s)– Kailashi Devi, Sundari Devi