Wednesday, July 24, 2013



 (    10th January ,1966......Indian  Prime Minister  Lal Bahadur Shastri  and Pakistan's president  General Ayub Khan after signing of the historic Tashkent  Peace Treaty in Russia .Shastri ji died in Tashkent, the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to a heart attack..A Monument and a street is namedafter him in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.)

I quote noted Journalist  Kuldeep Nayyar " Gen. Ayub was genuinely grieved by Shastri ’jis death. He came to Shastri  ji’ss room at 4 am and said, looking towards me: “Here is a man of peace who gave his life for amity between India and Pakistan.” Later, Ayub told the Pakistani journalists that Shastri was one person with whom he had hit it off well; “Pakistan and India might have solved their differences had he lived,”

In his first broadcast as Prime Minister, on 11 June 1964, Shastri said..

"There comes a time in the life of every nation when it stands at the cross-roads of history and must choose which way to go. But for us there need be no difficulty or hesitation, no looking to right or left. Our way is straight and clear—the building up of a socialist democracy at home with freedom and prosperity for all, and the maintenance of world peace and friendship with all nations."

Urdu poet Ali sardar jafri was so much impressed with this peace initiative in the subcontinent that he wrote a poem Tashkent  ki shaam.. I add some lines to these  photographs..

Manaao Jashn e Mohabbat ke Khoon Ki Boo Na rahi
Baras ke khul Gaye Barood Ke siyaah Badal,
Bujhi Bujhi Si Hai Jangon Ki Aakhiri Bijlee
Mehak rahi Hai Gulaabon Se Tasskent ki shaam..

Yeh Surkh Jaam Hai Khubaan e Tash-kand ke naam
Yeh Sabz jam hai Lahore ke Haseenon kaa
Safed Jaam Hai Delhi Ke Dilbaron ke Liye
Dhulaa hai jis mein mohabbat ke Aaftaab ka Rang..

Kissi ki Zulf na Ab Shaam e Gham mein Bikharegi
Jawaan Khauf Ki vaadi se Ab na Guzareingay
Bhari na jaayegi ab khaak o khoon se Maang kabhi
Milegi maan ko na marg e pissar ki khush khabari

Khilengay phool Bahut sarhad e tamanaa par
Khabar na hogi yeh nargis hai kis ke aankhon ki
Yeh Gul Hai kis-ki jabeen kis ka lub hai yeh laala
Yeh shaakh kis ke jawaan baazuvon ki Angadaai

Khudaa karay ki yeh shabanam yuun hi baras-tee Rahay

Zameen hamesha lahoo ke liye taras-tee Rahay ….

And now some thing more on Shastri ji 's Character ..


(Lal bahadur Shastri clearing some important files as Prime Minister while lalita ji ( His wife) is sitting nearby and reading a book)

“Dekho lalita .. Yeh Munshi Prem Chand ka Sahitya hai Aur yeh Kabir ke Dohay hain . Jo Pustak tumhay Pasand Aa Jaaye Pad Lo . Jahaan kahin bhi kuchh poochhanaa chaaho mein huun naa ”

“ Look Lalita . This is Munshi Prem Chand ‘s literature and this is kabir ‘s poetry. You can read them . Should you feel any difficulty , I am here to come to your help.”

Shatri Ji was a very  simple man. He would clear important files even at his residence and quite often in the company of his wife lalita ji. He bought her Books of Prem Chand and poetry of kabir and introduced lalita ji to the world of literature.

Kuldip Nayar, Shastriji's media advisor recalls that, during the Quit India Movement, his daughter was ill and he was released on parole from jail. However, he could not save her life because doctors had prescribed costly drugs. Later on in 1963, on the day when he was dropped from the cabinet, he was sitting in his home in the dark, without a light. When asked about the reason, he said as he no longer is a minister, all expenses will have to be paid by himself and that as a MP and minister he didn't earn enough to save for time of need.

( Shastri Ji at Hazrat Bal Dargaah Srinagar January 1964. The oversized overcoat that shastri Ji is wearing was given by  Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru to him to save him from Freezing January cold of kashmir. Shastri ji had no overcoat.)

Although Shastri had been a cabinet minister for many years in the 1950s, he was poor when he died. All he owned at the end was an old car, which he had bought in instalments from the government and for which he still owed money. He was a member of Servants of India society (which included Gandhiji, Lala Lajpat Rai, Gopal Krishna Gokhle) which asked all its members to shun accumulation of private property and remain in public life as servants of people. He was the first railway minister who resigned from office following a major train accident as he felt moral responsibility.

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