Lal Bahadur Shastri
Profession: Teacher, Activist, Politician
Daughter(s) of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Kusum Shastri, Suman Shastri
Father of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Sharada Prasad Shrivastava (a school teacher)
Mother of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Ramdulari Devi (home-maker)
Sister(s) of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Kailashi Devi, Sundari Devi
Son(s) of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Hari Krishna Shastri, Anil Shastri (Politician: INC), Sunil Shastri (Politician: BJP), Ashok Shastri
Wife/Spouse of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lalita Devi (1928-1966)
Award of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Bharat Ratna (1966) by the President of India (posthumously)
Information about Lal Bahadur Shastri
Young Shastri was inspired by the work and patriotism of Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji, Annie Besant, etc.
In 1928, he got married to Lalita Devi, the youngest daughter of Ganesh Prasad. Since he was against the Dowry-system, he refused to accept the Dowry that his father-in-law gave to him. On being consistently forced by his father-in-law, he accepted only five yards of khadi (a type of cotton, usually handspun) cloth as dowry.
He was two years old when his father passed away by Bubonic Plague. He was raised, along with his two sisters, by his mother at his maternal grandfather, Hazari Lal's place.
He was against the prevailing caste system, so, he decided to drop his surname 'Shrivastava.
Did Lal Bahadur Shastri drink alcohol?: Not Known
J.B Kripalani, along with one of his friends V.N. Sharma, had formed an informal school centred around 'nationalist education' to educate the young activists. Shastri was inspired from their institution and also joined them.
Did Lal Bahadur Shastri smoke?: Not Known
In 1925, after he completed his graduation from Kashi Vidyapeeth in Varanasi, he got the title 'Shastri' meaning 'Scholar person.