Lal Bahadur Shastri : The Homeless Home Minister
October 2nd dates the birthday of great Indian leaders Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Lal Bahadur,the 3rd Prime Minister of India is an unforgettable face in the freedom history. “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” meaning “Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer” is his slogan every Indian is aware of. Attitude and struggle of these freedom fighters inspire us. On the occasion of Lal Bahadur’s birthday here are a few untold stories of an inspiring political figure of India.
- Prime Minister of India
- He was the Minister of External Affairs
- He was the Minister of Home Affairs
What’s there in name?
Lal Bahadur’s surname was Srivastava. He stopped using it as it indicated the caste for which he belonged. He wanted to be just Lal Bahadur. He received the title Shastri (scholar) by the university on his graduation and that’s how Shastri remained forever with his name.
Mahatma Gandhi gave a call for the youth of India to be a part of Freedom Struggle. Young Lal Bahadur was 17 years old then. He decided to leave college behind to be a part of Freedom Struggle. His mother and relatives advised him not to ruin his career for this. He was firm with his thoughts and took the decision which makes him an inspiration now.
The Dowry Story
He was 23 when he was married to Lalitha Devi. His father in-law offered him a fair amount in dowry but it was against his principles. Lal Bahadur denied taking dowry. His father in-law insisted several times for which he agreed to receive dowry in the form of a few yards of Khadi and charakha.
Path of Non-Violence
Lal Bahadur never allowed the police to fire or use lathi charge instead he asked them to use jets of water to disperse unruly crowds.
The Homeless Home Minister
He was often made fun as “Homeless Home minister” as he didn’t own a house. He had rented a small house in Allahabad. When he resigned as a minister, he vacated the government quarters and for some time he didn’t have a place to live. Look at the corrupt politicians today and look at this man of principles. He sure has a lot to inspire people.
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