Bharat Ratna late Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India, was a humanitarian par excellence, an icon of simplicity and integrity, an epitome of selflessness and honesty and a superb statesman. He was a man of substance and one of the greatest leaders India has ever produced. A pragmatic and down to earth leader of the people of India, a fine statesman and an able administrator, with his moral and ethical attributes of a ‘Mahatma’ and a person of impeccable integrity, Shastriji was a great soul dedicated to the welfare of the common man.
He was deeply patriotic and courageous, having dedicated his life to the service of the nation. His commitment to the people of India was exemplary. He lived a life which was in perfect purity of thoughts, words and deeds and his enduring call of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ continues to hold utmost relevance even today in transforming India into a self-reliant global super power. A grassroots level worker throughout life, his real strength lay in his cool courage, strong determination, dedication and understanding of the human mind
On 1st September 1965, Pakistan imposed a full scale war on India. India had no option but to fight back.
He himself grew wheat in his official residence lawn and set an example for the nation.
After studying for four years in Kashi Vidyapeeth, Lal Bahadur graduated as ‘Shastri’ in 1925 with Hindi, English and Philosophy subjects.
Lal Bahadur, nickname ‘Nanhe’ was born on 2nd October 1904 in a poor family in Mugalsarai, Uttar Pradesh.
After Pt. Nehru’s sudden death on 27th May 1964; on 9th June 1964 Shastriji took oath as the second Prime Minister of India and filled the void.
On 21st October 1965 at Urwa Maja, Allahabad; Shastriji, the man of masses, gave the famous slogan to the nation, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.
On 14th September 1965 UNO requested both the countries for ceasefire. Shastriji, the Angel of Peace, accepted the proposal.
From 1930 to 1936, Shastri served as General Secretary, Allahabad District Congress Committee.
On 11th January 1966 Shastriji died in Tashkent, USSR and thus India lost one of its most beloved sons forever.
True Democracy or the swaraj of the masses can never come through untruthful and violent means.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji
We want freedom for our country, but not at the expense or exploitation of others, not as to degrade other countries… I want the freedom of my country so that other countries may learn something from my free country so that the resources of my country might be utilized for the benefit of mankind.
True democracy or the swaraj of the masses can never come through untruthful and violent means, for the simple reason that the natural corollary to their use would be to remove all opposition through the suppression of extermination of the antagonists.
"Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" Acknowledging the efforts of our soldiers and farmers, this slogan gave a new dimension to our freedom struggle.
No doubt we have to have bigger projects, bigger industries, basic industries, but it is a matter of the highest importance that we look to the common man, the weaker element in the society. When think in terms of the common man, we have to think of for his food, his clothing, his shelter, medical facilities, recreation for his children.
The Memorial is dedicated to the second Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri, who died in the office in Tashkent in 1966.
The Society formed in the memory of Shastriji work for realizing the philosophy, ideals, and principles of Shastriji.
Leading B-Schools including LBSIM, Delhi; LBSIMT, Bareilly; and LBSITM, Indore are run under the aegis of Lal Bahdur Shastri Educational Society.