Lal Bahadur Shastri born at Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh on October 2, 1904, Lal Bahadur Shastri had spent his early childhood at his maternal uncle, Raghunath Prasad’s house. His father, Sharada Prasad, died when Shastri was hardly one-and-a-half years old, leaving his mother, Ramdulari Devi, to take care of their three children. After the death of her husband, Ramdulari Devi shifted to her father’s house in Mirzapur. She played a vital role in shaping Shastri’s life by imbibing the right values in him.
Today we will learn some important stories of Lal Bahadur Shastri.Lost at Ganga Ghat:
An interesting incident took place when Lal Bahadur was only three months old. The mother went to bath in the holy Ganga with her child. In the milling crowd at the bathing ghat she lost her child. The child had slipped from his mother’s arms into a cowherd’s basket. The cowherd had no children, So he took the child as a gift from God and celebrated the event with great joy. The mother was lost in grief. A complaint was lodged with the police. They traced the child. The foster parents wept bitterly to give back the child. Lal Bahadur, who was destined to govern the country, narrowly missed the ‘good fortune’ of becoming a cowherd.
No Money For Boat Fare: Swam The River
After completing his primary education at Mirzapur, Shastri went to Banaras for further studies. He joined the Harish Chandra Vidyalaya, where he was deeply influenced by his mathematics teacher, Nishkameswar Prasad Misra, who inspired his students by telling them stories of great leaders like Guru Gobind Singh, Rana Pratap and Chhatrapati Shivaji. Courage and self-respect were two virtues, which took deep root in him from his childhood. While in Kashi, he went with his friends to see a fair on the other bank of the Ganga. On the way back he had no money for the boat fare. His self-respect did not allow him to ask his friends for money. He slipped from their company without their knowledge. His friends forgot him in their talk and boarded the boat. When the boat had moved away, Lal Bahadur jumped into the river; as his friends watched breathlessly he swam to the other bank safely.The Story OF Mango Orchard Gardener & Shastri JI
There is a very famous incident regarding Lal Bahadur Shastri’s childhood. One day, while returning from school, Lal Bahadur and his friends went to an orchard that was on the way to home. Lal Bahadur Shastri was standing below while his friends climbed the trees to pluck mangoes. Meanwhile, the gardener came and caught hold of Lal Bahadur Shastri. He scolded Lal Bahadur Shastri and started beating him. Lal Bahadur Shastri pleaded to the gardener to leave him saying that he was an orphan. Taking pity on Lal Bahadur, the gardener said, “Because you are an orphan, it is all the more important that you must learn better behavior.” These words left a deep imprint on Lal Bahadur Shastri and he swore to behave better in the future.
Man Of His Word
Shastri was a man of his word. Shastri was jailed by the British during the freedom struggle. While he was in jail, he got to know his daughter was sick. He asked for 15 days permission for leave to look after his daughter. He was permitted on a condition that he would not join the freedom struggle movement. Sadly, when he reached home, his daughter had died. He took three days to complete her funeral, and he immediately returned to the jail. He had 12 days, but he chose not to differ from his ideology.
The Politician Who Made No Money
Shastri was popularly known as “The politician who made no money”. Shastri, who was born in a low-income family. Throughout his life, he followed simplicity and austerity. He never bothered to take advantage of his post. For instance, even after becoming the Prime Minister he did not own a car for a long time. His family members kept on pestering. He finally asked his secretary to find out the cost of a Fiat. The price was found out to be Rs 12,000, but at that time he only had Rs 7,000. He took a loan of Rs 5,000 from the Punjab National Bank to buy the car. His loan was approved immediately, to which he told the bank that common man should also have the same privilege. After his death, his wife paid every Rupee of the Rs 5,000 to the bank. The car is still parked at his home. The Logical Indian salutes a man of such dignity and honesty. His work will forever live among us.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Asked His Family To Skip Dinner
Remembering Shastri ji words to sacrifice one meal a day during the Indo-Pak war. The slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ during the war with Pakistan to encourage farmers.When Lal Bahadur Shastri Sent Nehru His Resignation When it comes to integrity and responsibility, one fine incident can clear all the doubts. In the 1950s there was a major railway accident that took place. Shastri who was railway minister back in the time, after getting to know about this, took all the blame on his own and gave resignation from the post. However, Nehru did not accept it. This exhibits the moral standards that he maintained throughout his life.