Apart from being Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October is birth anniversary of another great Indian and one of the most prominent leaders of India, but ironically many people don’t know about it.
Yes, the day is also Jayanti (birth anniversary) of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of the Republic of India. Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on 2nd October 1904.
on this day, People recall and acknowledge Lal Bahadur Shastriji’s contribution towards making India a free and progressive nation.
On Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti, many people gather at Vijay Ghat, the place where Lal Bahadur Shastri was cremated to pay homage to him by offering flowers.
Lal Bahadur Shastri joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. He was deeply influenced by Congress leader Mahatma Gandhi and hence became his loyal follower. Later on he also got impressed and influenced by Jawaharlal Nehru and became his loyalist.
After India got independence in 1947, Lal Bahadur Shastri joined the government and became one of Prime Minister Nehru’s principal lieutenants, first as Railways Minister from 1951 to 1956 and then in a variety of other functions, including Home Minister.
Later on he became was chosen as Nehru’s successor owing to his adherence of Nehruvian socialism to become the second Prime Minister of India.
Shastriji became a national hero after the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. The war was formally ended in the Tashkent Agreement of 10 January 1966; he died the following day, still in Tashkent, of a heart attack.
On his birth anniversary lets remember Lal Bahadur Shastriji along with Mathma Gandhiji.