Lal Bahadur Shastri wiki/Biography: Early Life, Family, Political Career and Death

Lal Bahadur Shastri wiki/Biography: Early Life, Family, Political Career and Death

The second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, was a man of extraordinary simplicity and unwavering dedication to the betterment of his country. Shastri was born in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, on October 2, 1904. His entire narrative is a tribute to his steadfast commitment to India’s freedom struggle and his never-ending efforts to improve the welfare of its people. We explore the life and accomplishments of this significant figure in Indian history in the paragraphs that follow.

Lal Bahadur Shastri: Early Life and Family

Born in Mughalsarai, India, on October 2, 1904, Lal Bahadur Shastri rose from modest origins. He experienced hardship early in life as he was raised by his maternal grandpa following the death of his father at a young age. Shastri’s commitment to learning started in a railway college and persisted at Varanasi’s Harish Chandra High School.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Biography: Early Life, Family, Political Career and Death

Real Name Lal Bahadur Shastri
Nickname(s) Man of Peace, Shastri, Nanhe
Profession(s) Teacher, Activist, Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 154 cm
in meters– 1.54 m
in feet inches– 5’ 1”
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Grey
Political Party Indian National Congress

Lal Bahadur Shastri Personal Life

Date of Birth 2 October 1904
Birthplace Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Date of Death 11 January 1966
Place of Death Tashkent (currently in Uzbekistan)
Age (at the time of death) 61 Years
Death Cause Not confirmed
According to one source: There was a Conspiracy behind his death
According to other sources: Died of Cardiac Arrest (followed by two earlier heart attacks)
Resting Place Vijay Ghat, New Delhi
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Libra
Nationality Indian
Hometown Kudh Kalan, Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
School Shri Harish Chandra Intermediate College
College/University Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
Educational Qualification 1st class honor (Arts)
Religion Hinduism
Caste kayastha
Address 10 Janpath, New Delhi
Award Bharat Ratna (1966) by the President of India (posthumously
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status (At the time of death) Married
Marriage Date 16 May 1928
Wife/Spouse Lalita Devi (1928-1966)
Children Son(s)– Hari Krishna Shastri, Anil Shastri (Politician: INC), Sunil Shastri (Politician: BJP), Ashok Shastri
Daughter(s)– Kusum Shastri, Suman Shastri
Parents Father– Sharada Prasad Shrivastava (a school teacher)
Mother– Ramdulari Devi (home-maker)
Siblings Brother– None
Sister(s)– Kailashi Devi, Sundari Devi
Hobbies Reading books

Some Lesser Known Facts About Lal Bahadur Shastri

  • He had instilled in himself the values of morality, honesty, simplicity, and pure ethics since he was a little boy.
  • He chose to renounce his surname, Shrivastava, since he disagreed with the current caste structure.
  • Following his graduation from Varanasi’s Kashi Vidyapeeth in 1925, he was given the title “Shastri,” which translates to “Scholar person.”
  • The efforts and patriotism of Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji, Annie Besant, and others inspired young Shastri.
  • To educate the young activists, J.B. Kripalani and a buddy, V.N. Sharma, established an unofficial school with a focus on “nationalist education.” Shastri joined them after being motivated by their establishment.
  • At seventeen, he was incarcerated for the first time due to his active involvement in Non-Corporation Moment.
  • He married Lalita Devi, Ganesh Prasad’s youngest daughter, in 1928. He declined the Dowry that his father-in-law offered him as he opposed the Dowry system. After being continuously coerced by his father-in-law, he only took five yards of khadi, a cotton fabric that is often handspun, as payment.
  • Six children were a blessing for the couple.
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