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. 


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