Jan 112014



Lal Bahadur Shastri: An Idol of a Leader

Almost every city in India has statues of political leaders, with Bapu Gandhi taking the lead in the same, closely followed by Mrs. Indira Gandhi.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find a statue of a true son of the soil and 2nd Prime Minister of India Shree Lal Bahadur Shastri in outskirts of Varanasi, very close to Ramnagar Fort.  The statue still had a few withered marigold garlands from some function some weeks back, perhaps from his birth anniversary.

statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri 2nd prime minister of India

Statue of Shree Lal Bahadur Shastri- A True leader of India

Later I did some research and found that Shashtri jee had a long association with Benaras, he was born in Ramnagar ( now almost a suburb of Benaras), studied in Mugalsarai and Benaras, he got his degree of Shastri from Kashi Vidyapeeth. This degree of Shashtri ( literal meaning Scholar), stuck to his name and everybody started calling him Lal Bahadur Shastri.  The name was also adopted by his kids and became formal last name of his family members.

Incidentally, Shastri jee shared his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October and today 11 January is his death anniversary. I thought of writing this post as a tribute to the true son of the soil and honest leader. There is not even a single leader in any political party today who has the leadership qualities, honesty, integrity and humility that Shastri jee personified. He was the leader who gave us the slogan

“Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”

Statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri 2nd prime minister of India

Lal Bahadur Shastri- A true leader of India

The slogan given during the Indo-Pak war of 1965, in essence, cheers for our soldiers who protect our borders, and cheers for our farmers who produce food for our people. Just like the leader who gave us this slogan, we have also forgotten our farmers and our soldiers, what with hundreds of farmers committing suicides every year and our soldiers being the last on any politicians list as they rarely get a chance to vote. I do hope and pray that we have more leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri in India, who will work for the people of this country. Fortunately, Varanasi  has not forgotten her son and not just this statue, the city has also named its airport as Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport ( code: VNS).

Do you know of any other statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri anywhere else in India? If so please share in the comments section.

  3 Responses to “Statue of Shree Lal Bahadur Shastri – 2nd Prime Minister of India”

Comments (3)
  1. Wow! So, you were in Banaras? 😀

    Well, I am from the town, not born but spent almost all my life there. We regularly visit to this place, to have Lassi in the shop very opposite to this statue at the corner stone. Shastri ji has got a special place in the hearts of Banarasi, he was so simple and sober yet so strong 🙂

    Waiting for more of your stories from the city. I feel so overwhelmed that fail to write about it everytime I try….

    (P.S: text on those two tickboxes below the comment box is not visible ‘notify me about reply and new posts’)

    • Hi Punit: I was there in November, but lost most of my images 🙁 hence did not wrote earlier in detail. Fortunately with help of a software I have been able to recover some of them, so hopefully will write in more details. We had Lassi at this shop, and may be I should write about the same. it was awesome 🙂

      Thanks for pointing out about the comment follow box, I am unable to resolve it in Chrome, but I can see it in IE…not sure what the problem is..will try again.

  2. Absolutely correct. One comes across very few statues of other national heroes. Very nice informative post. Thanks for the share.

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