Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti 2023
On the 2nd October, India celebrates not one but two great leaders who left an indelible mark on the nation’s history. While the world observes Gandhi Jayanti on this day. It is also an occasion to commemorate the birth anniversary of another remarkable leader, Lal Bahadur Shastri. In 2023, Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti holds special significance as we remember the life and legacy of the man who served as India’s second Prime Minister. Lal Bahadur Shastri, born on October 2, 1904, in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, remains an enduring symbol of selfless service and dedication to the nation.
Shastri was a freedom fighter and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He played a key role in the Indian independence movement and was imprisoned several times by the British. After independence, he served in various ministerial positions in the government of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Early Life and Educational Life of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shastri was born into a humble lower-class family. His father, Sharda Prasad Srivastava, was a teacher and his mother, Ramdulari Devi, was a homemaker. Born with the name of Lal Bahadur Srivastava, he earned the title ‘Shastri’ due to his academic excellence. This commitment to education would be a defining trait throughout his life, as he went on to become not only a leader but also an academic and activist.
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s political journey was characterized by unwavering dedication to the Indian National Congress political party. He served as the second Prime Minister of India from 1964 until his untimely demise in 1966. His tenure as Prime Minister marked a period of significant change and progress for India.
As a leader, he held various key positions, including Minister of External Affairs and Railways. His tenure was marked by several notable achievements, including the signing of the Tashkent Agreement, which aimed to ease tensions between India and Pakistan. This diplomatic success earned him respect on the global stage.
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”
One of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s enduring legacies is the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan,” which translates to “Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer.” This powerful phrase emphasized the vital contributions of soldiers and farmers to the country’s prosperity. It underscored the need to support and honor those who protect the nation and those who feed it. This slogan continues to inspire and resonates deeply with the Indian spirit.
Significance of Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti 2023
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti holds immense significance in India. It is a day to remember a leader who brought about positive and necessary changes in Indian society. His contributions included advancements in education and the empowerment of women, reflecting his progressive vision for the nation.
Celebration of Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti
Similar to Gandhi Jayanti, Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is a public holiday and one of India’s important national holidays. On this day, people from all walks of life visit his samadhi at Vijay Ghat, New Delhi, to pay their respects by offering garlands and flowers.
Statues of Lal Bahadur Shastri across India are adorned with garlands, flowers and candles. Educational institutional and government offices also participate in the celebrations, organizing various events such as quiz competitors, speeches and more. Students often dress up as Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, keeping their legacy alive in the hearts of the younger generation.