BETHINK OF THE BYGONES : PANDIT LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI
While the nation is seeped in the grandeur of October 2 which marks Mahatma Gandhi’s Jayanti many of us remain ignorant of an important fact on the occasion. The whole country is singing in joy hailing THE mahatma who undoubtedly took measures to emancipate India from the trap of British and Yes! He did succeed and he does deserve this homage. But how many of you thought of Pandit Lal Bahadur Shastri on the ocassion without putting him in the backlog list of your recollection. For the uninitiated October 2 is also the birth anniversary of our former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Pandit Lal Bahadur Shastri, of the list of our nation’s ignored pride, gave a new direction to the country when he took over as the second PM after Jawaharlal Nehru. The economy of India was disrupted at that time and it was he, who turned the tables making the nation Soar with pride and valour. He undoubtedly evolved under the influence of other great Indian personalities like Mahatama Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. And he has left no effort on his behalf to carve the destiny of our Nation who now cares less to pay tribute to this historian.
When he was just 17 he joined the Non-cooperation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi and was arrested but he was never taken aback because of this consequence and kept heading forward despite of the lack of consent from his family. After completing his education he took measures to aware youth about their responsibilities towards India and joined “The Servants of the People Society” in 1926. He participated actively in other movements of Independence Struggle like Satyagraha, Quit India Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement and even spent a few years behind the bars. His contribution in Indian Railways gave a new edge to the nation after his appointment as the Minister of Railways and Transport in the Central Cabinet in 1952.
Many of such integral personalities of our country suffer from neglect on on such vital days just because they are not on the right side of history or they pose a challenge to the might of some political dynasties or ideologies. His contribution, his participation and his sacrifice is not to be forgotten just because of the unfortunate clash of his birthday with The Father of The Nation. He worked with devotion for the country inspite of his daughter’s death and his family’s illness and poverty.
He was awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously but many a times he is overshadowed inspite of the exceptional might he has blessed our country with. So let the day be celebrated in memory of this real Hero as well who made the country proud by his deeds.