Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri died in 1966 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on January 11. The nation’s second Prime Minister, who followed Jawaharlal Nehru, was recognized for his simplicity and honesty and was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously, making him the first posthumous winner of the award.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was born in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, on October 2, 1904. Sharada Prasad Srivastava, his father, was a schoolteacher. Shastri was just one and a half years old when he died. Shastri’s mother took him and his two siblings to her father’s residence when he died.
Shastri Ji was sent to live with an uncle in Varanasi to attend high school. He would walk without shoes to school, which was several kilometers distant.
A teacher at his high school motivated the former prime minister to join the liberation war. Shastri Ji attended a conference in Varanasi three months before his Class 10 exam in 1921, when Mahatma Gandhi encouraged students to join the non-cooperation campaign. He dropped out of school and became a volunteer for the Congress Party, participating in anti-government demonstrations. Shastri JI was detained as a juvenile but was quickly freed.
Shastri Ji rose through the ranks of the Congress to become a powerful figure. After India’s independence, he served in Jawaharlal Nehru’s government, serving in Jawaharlal Nehru’s government, holding crucial positions.
A famous tale from the former PM’s life is when he resigned as railway minister on two consecutive occasions, accepting moral responsibility for two distinct train catastrophes that occurred during his term. He was also a previous home minister when he became Prime Minister on June 9, 1964, after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Shastri Ji directed India’s reaction to Pakistani aggression in 1965, which ended in a war between the two neighbors as the country’s prime minister. In 1965, Shastri Ji led India in its battle with Pakistan. On January 10, 1966, the Tashkent Agreement concluded the conflict. At the time, Shastri Ji was in the Uzbek capital. He died on January 11 after a heart attack, according to reports. The reason for his death is a point of contention.