Lal Bahadur Shastri’s 57th death anniversary: 8 facts about India’s second PM | India News


Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India, died on January 11, 1966 under mysterious circumstances. The official cause of death was a heart attack, but there have been various conspiracy theories surrounding his death.
Some theories suggest that he was poisoned, while others suggest that he died due to natural causes but the official story was covered up. However, there is no concrete evidence to support these claims, and the Indian government’s official stance is that Shastri died of a heart attack. There has also been no official investigation over the death of Shastri in the 50 years after.
On Shastri’s 57th death anniversary, here are some leeser known facts about him:

  1. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India, and he served from 1964 until his untimely death in 1966.
  2. Shastri was a key figure in the Indian independence movement, and he was arrested several times for his participation in protests against British colonial rule.
  3. He was a close associate and follower of Mahatma Gandhi and was known for his simplicity, humility, and honesty.
  4. Shastri coined the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer), which became very popular during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
  5. In 1965 Shastri Took a key decision to give up 1/3rd of Pakistan Occupied land in Rann of Kutch which was captured by Indian Army but was returned in order to establish peace and also to give a befitting reply to China’s claim on Arunachal Pradesh .
  6. He died in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, just hours after signing the Tashkent Declaration, which brought a ceasefire in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
  7. His death was a mystery, with no official cause of death ever being announced, and rumors of poisoning have circulated for decades.
  8. His death anniversary is also celebrated as National Integrity Day in India.

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