Inspiring vignettes from the life of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri fill the pages of a book that chronicles his political, social and spiritual journey through anecdotes revisited by his son, Anil Shastri.
Mr. Anil Shastri, a senior Congress leader, and author Pavan Choudary have penned Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership (Wisdom Village, Rs. 195) that encapsulates the growing up years and political life of a man who believed in simplicity and humility.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was Prime Minister for a brief period from 1964 to 1966, during which he led the country in its brief war with Pakistan and coined the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. He died of a heart attack in Tashkent after signing a peace agreement, brokered by the Soviet Union, with the then Pakistani dictator, Field Marshal Ayub Khan.
Narrated in simple language, with a “wisdom” box summarising the thought behind Shastri’s particular action in a story, the anthology, according to Mr. Choudary, is a representation of different facets of the man who succeeded Jawaharlal Nehru as independent India’s Prime Minister.