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Remembering Second PM Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 117th Birth Anniversary

Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri was one of the most prominent proponents of India’s independence cause, fighting primarily for the country’s underprivileged.

October 2 marks the birth anniversary of  Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was born in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh in 1904. Shastri was one of the most outspoken proponents of India’s independence struggle, fighting primarily for the country’s underprivileged. In 1920, he joined the anti-slavery movement and took part in the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1921.

On this special occasion, the honorable Prime Minister also remembered him and went on Twitter to wish him. He tweeted, “पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री लाल बहादुर शास्त्री जी को उनकी जयंती पर शत-शत नमन। मूल्यों और सिद्धांतों पर आधारित उनका जीवन देशवासियों के लिए हमेशा प्रेरणास्रोत बना रहेगा।

Below are some known and unknown facts about Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.

1. Shastri took part in the Salt Satyagraha in 1930, for which he was imprisoned for over two years. First to Mahatma Gandhi, then to Jawaharlal Nehru, he became a devoted devotee.

2. He took part in the Quit India Movement in 1942, when India demanded that the British depart.

3. After Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in 1964, he became Prime Minister and led India during the 1965 war with Pakistan. During the 1965 war between India and Pakistan, when the country was facing a food scarcity, he ceased taking his salary as Prime Minister.

4. As the man behind the classic slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” Shastri continues to encourage India’s farmers and soldiers.

5. One of his many motivating words was, “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.”

6. Shastri was also in charge of the White Revolution, an effort to promote milk production. He also sponsored the Green Revolution in India in 1965, with the goal of increasing farmer prosperity and making India self-sufficient in foodgrain production. In India, the Green Revolution is still regarded as a model operation that helped the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.

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