As we celebrate, Lal Bahadur Shastri’s birthday, it is time to remember what he left behind for us to learn from.
Cocktail Zindagi Network
Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was born on October 2, 1904 in Mughalsarai, Varanasi, was the 2nd Prime Minister of India and a freedom fighter who helped shape India as it is today.
He led India during the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and died the very next day after the agreement of Tashkent that ended the war was signed. He coined the slogan, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ that we use even today.
Here are 7 quotes that highlight his teachings and the ideology he possessed when he was alive. These words said by him stand true even today for India as a country to take fuel from:
1. “The preservation of freedom is not the task of soldiers alone. The whole nation has to be strong.”
2. “We all have to work in our respective spheres with the same dedication, the same zeal and the same determination which inspired and motivated the warrior on the battle front. And this has to be shown not by mere words, but by actual deeds.”
3. “India will have to hang down her head in shame if even one person is left who is said in any way to be untouchable.”
4. “Don’t break down a wall until you don’t the reason why it was erected in the first place.”
5. “The economic issues are most vital for us and it is of the highest importance that we should fight our biggest enemies – Poverty, unemployment.”
6. “Those who govern must see how the people react to administration. Ultimately, the people are the final arbiters.”
7. “We have now to fight for peace with the same courage and determination as we fought against aggression.”