Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is an annual celebration of India to be held on the 2nd of October every year. It is observed as the birth anniversary of the second Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri. Although we observe Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October all over India, very few people know that Lal Bahadur Shastri had also born on the same date but in a different year, and the nation also celebrates his anniversary with great pomp.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti 2020
The nation is going to observe the 117th birth anniversary of the great Indian leader Lal Bahadur Shastri. The observation is falling on Friday this year. The year 2020 is completely in the grip of the global pandemic 'Corona', but even in such a situation, there is no lack in the enthusiasm of people for Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti. Now it is to be seen in what ways people celebrate this occasion this year.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti is declared a public holiday in India. In fact, it is one among the national holidays in India. The day starts remembering the greatest leader of India who made the path of development for India. People visit Raj Ghat in New Delhi where he was cremated after his death and pay him homage by laying garlands and flowers there.
There are many statues of Lal Bahadur Shastri on various crossroads and also in parks. People decorate it on the day of the event and gather there to pay him tribute in their way. Some prominent personalities also reach there and deliver some speeches on the world done by the second and best Prime Minister of India.
There are some seminars organized in schools and colleges on the day where children come to know about Lal Bahadur Shastri closely. It is done to make the current generation know about such a simple yet great personality from Indian politics.
People also share the photos of Lal Bahadur Shastri and some famous stories related to him over social media platforms so that more people can come to know about him. All these are done just to remember the patriotic leader and the most revered Prime Minister of India.
Objectives and Significance
Lal Bahadur Shastri was such a political figure who made many unprecedented changes in Indian society during his tenure. He laid special emphasis on education and upliftment of women. This is the reason why we celebrate the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri so that we can dedicate our love and reverence to him.
One of the reasons behind celebrating the birth anniversary of Late Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji is that we can make our present generation aware of his greatness and tell everyone about the positive and necessary changes that he had done for the betterment of all.
Although there have been many people in Indian politics, there are very few great people like Lal Bahadur Shashtri Ji whom the country remembers for several hundred years after his death. Through the observation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti on the national level, we get a chance to keep him alive in our hearts forever.
Biography of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of India. He had born on the 2nd of October 1904, near Mughalsarai in Varanasi. He belonged to a lower-class family. His real name of Lal Bahadur Srivastava, while his father's name was Mr. Sharda Prasad Srivastava, and his mother's name was Ramdulari Devi. His father was a teacher.
He received his education from Harishchandra High School and graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. He also received the title of 'Shastri' from there. After that, he remained associated with Bharat Sevak Sangh and started his political life from there.
After Independence of India 1947, he became the parliamentary secretary from Uttar Pradesh and got the Ministry of Police and Traffic in the cabinet of Govind Vallabh Pant. While serving as Transport Minister, he flagged off the appointment of women as a conductor. While working as the Minister of Police, he allowed the use of strong splashes of water instead of lathi charge.
In 1951 and under the leadership of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri was appointed General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee. On the strength of his untiring efforts, the Congress Party won the elections with heavy votes in the elections of 1952, 1957 and 1962.
Considering his talent and loyalty, he was entrusted with the post of Prime Minister in 1964 after the death of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. He decorated this position on 9 June 1964.
Shastri Ji believed that the soldiers and farmers contribute the most in smoothly running the economy of the nation. In order to promote his thought on the national level, he gave the slogan of 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' on 26 January 1965. This slogan is still the favorite of all Indians and reminds of that great personality.
In 1949, he went to Tashkent to sign an agreement with the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan. He died mysteriously on the night of 11 January 1919. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna for his contribution in making India a vibrant nation.
Despite being small in physical stature, Lal Bahadur Shastri was a man of courage and will. Under his guidance, the nation performed well in the 1965 war with Pakistan and achieved victory. He gave the slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' to fill patriotism and nationality in the people. He had an important role in the freedom fight of India. He was a person of great simplicity and honesty and became an inspiration to all the countrymen.