India as a nation would have changed had Shastriji lived longer; travelling across the length and breadth of our country this is something I often get to hear from the old and young alike. ….
At a time when all leaders were talking of building a modern India, his slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ bore testimony to his commitment towards the real India, one that belonged to its real heroes- the farmers and soldiers. Shastriji’s is an exceptional story of a common man and his rise to the post of Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy. He lent immense dignity to his office by meeting the demands that India’s history made on him with integrity, truthfulness, modesty and courage. Lal Bahadur Shastri today is thus a symbol of simplicity and honesty. He not only was a true nationalist who took part in the freedom movement but also sacrificed his life while still serving the nation.
However, a thought that still arises in all our minds is that Shastriji has not been given his dues. It is time the government does its best to ensure that his message of honouring the real India is passed on to future generations. We may have lost Shastriji many years ago but his slogan is relevant even today. So in order to immortalise his ideology and recognise our soldiers and farmers, we suggest this day henceforth be observed as the “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Day”.
Ms.Neera Shastri Daughter-in-law,
Former Prime Minister Late Lal Bahadur Shastri