Some lesser Known facts of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Today is the 50th anniversary of our second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. On the other hand, he also played a leading role in Indian freedom movement. Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on October 2, 1904. Jawaharlal Nehru was succeeded by a mild mannered and soft spoken Lal Bahadur Shastri on 9 June 1964.
Lal Bahadur Shastri, who had earlier suffered two heart attacks, died of the third cardiac arrest on 11 January 1966.
As we celebrate the birth anniversary of Shastri, here is a collection of lesser known facts about the “man of peace”.
1. Although, he got his degree Shastri (The Scholar) while he was studying in Kashi Vidyapeeth university in Varanasi in 1926.
2. As a school boy, Shastri would swim across the Ganges twice a day with his books tied on top of his head. He did not have enough money to take a ferry to school.
3. On the occasion of his wedding, Shastri took a khadi cloth and a spinning wheel as part of the dowry.