Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is celebrated with much vigour to pay tribute to the legendary person and the second Prime Minister of India, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. This day is celebrated on 2nd October along with Gandhi Jayanti. Significance
Lal Bahadur Shastri was a paradigm of humility and simplicity. He was a person who was small in stature yet very soft spoken. Lal Bahadur proved from his work that he may be gentle like a flower but when the need arises he can be as hard as a Diamond. With his hard work and dedication he filled the entire world with great respect for India.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is celebrated every year on 2nd October.
About Lal Bahadur Shastri
He was born on 2nd October 1904 in Mughal Sarai seven miles away from Kashi, Varanasito Sharada Prasad and Ramdulari Devi. He got married to Lalitha Devi in a simple ceremony in 1927. Most importantly, he became the second person to hold the position of the Prime Minister of India in 1964.
It is said about Lal Bahadur Shastri that he was the second Prime Minister of India and he became the symbol for valour and self respect. May 27, 1964 was an unforgettable and shocking day in the history of India when Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India died. After he passed away, there was one question that arose in everyone’s minds as to who would rule over the nation after him? After much consideration and discussion, Lal Bahadur Shastri was elected for the most responsible position of the nation.
Lal Bahadur Shastri had great reverence for Lokmanya Tilak, great social reformer and an independence fighter, and he always wanted to listen to his speeches. He was greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and became a very important part of all his movements. He played an important role in the 1965 war with Pakistan and announced the slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” to garner support for the country. It was under his leadership that India won Indo-Pakistan war in 1965.
On January 10, 1966 was an unfortunate day when Lal Bahadur Shastri succumbed to heart attack. The entire nation mourned his sad demise. Shastri ji was also awarded with the “Bharat Ratna” for his exceptional contribution to the development of the nation.
This day is marked by paying reverence to the legendary man. It is a declared National Holiday since Gandhi Jayanti also falls on the same day. People gather in Vijay Ghat (Victory Platform) Lal Bahadur Shastri’s memorial located in Delhi, to honour and pay tribute to the great man for serving the nation. Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is celebrated all across the country. People hold prayer meetings in remembrance of this great man. People from all age-groups and different walks of life remember the teachings and principles of Lal Bahadur Shastri with great fondness and their significance in the present too. It is a token of small tribute in commemoration of the historic man. He was a common man who was humble and tolerant with great inner strength, resoluteness and high principles. He envisioned India to progress and succeed.
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