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Nation celebrates 116th birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of the country

Northeast India, along with the rest of the country also remembered the great statesman on his birth anniversary.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Oct 2020 10:49 AM GMT

The nation is celebrating the 116th Birth Anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India. The man behind the White Revolution or the national campaign to increase production and supply of milk that later resulted in the formation of milk cooperatives in Gujarat, Shastri was truely the farmers' man. His slogan "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" is popular even today. Shastri also promoted the Green Revolution in 1965.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying glowing tributes to Shastri at Vijay Ghat, his memorial in New Delhi on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

Northeast India, along with the rest of the country also remembered the great statesman on his birth anniversary.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid humble tribute to the pragmatic leader. Sonowal described Shastri as "an epitome of simplicity and dignity….who led the nation at a crucial hour bringing prosperity to the farmers and the common man".

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also paid tribute to the stoic freedom fighter.

Taking to Twitter, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb wrote "Remembering Adarniya #LalBahadurShastri ji on his Jayanti."

Born to Sharada Prasad Srivastava and Ramdulari Devi in Mugalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, Shastri shares his birthday with the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi.

He worked for the betterment of the Harijan and dropped his caste-derived surname - Srivastava. Swami Vivekananda, Annie Besant and Mahatma Gandhi had a strong influence on him and finally in the 1920s he joined the Independence movement.

Shastri was also our Railways Minister (1951-56) when he served in then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. Shastri had resigned twice taking moral responsibility for railway accidents in 1956. He had later succeeded Nehru as the Prime Minister after Nehru's demise.

He led the country during the India-Pakistan War of 1965 that ended with the Tashkent Agreement on January 10, 1966. He died the next day on Tashkent.

Shastri was honoured with Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, posthumously in 1966.

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