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Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on October 2, 1904, in Kashi, Uttar Pradesh. The nation celebrates Gandhi Jayanti on account of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. Somehow the date forgets the birthday of Lal Bahadur Shastri, a legendary person who contributed to India’s growth and development. He became the Prime Minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964.
Further, he dropped his caste and joined India’s freedom movement in his early ages. Check out some of the interesting hidden facts about the legendary personality :
1. In 1926, Lal Bahadur earned the title of ‘Shastri’ as a mark of scholarly success in Vidyapeeth University.
2. When he was 3 years old, his mother lost him whole taking bath in the Ganges. Following an FIR, a cowherd who had no children unwillingly returned him to his mother.
3. During school days, Lal Bahadur used to swim across the Ganges twice a day during with his book tied on the top of his head as he was not given money to take a boat.
4. Shastri was the first person who used jets of water to disperse crowd instead of a lathi charge as a Minister of police in Uttar Pradesh.
5. At his wedding, he took a khadi cloth and a spinning wheel as a part of the dowry.
6. Nehru had once called him as half-civilized as he would frequently wear dhoti-kurta.
7. At the time of freedom struggle, when he was in jail, his wife would get a pension of Rs. 50 per month. His wife saved Rs. 10 from the amount. Bahadur asked the Servants of People’s society to reduce his pension and give Rs 10 to some needy.
8. In 2004, RBI issued an Rs.100 coin with his portrait on it, commemorating his life.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was known for his simplicity and leadership qualities. Every Indian is proud to have such a personality, who played an indispensable role in the freedom struggle.