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Lal Bahadur Shastri 53rd Death Anniversary: Remembering The Man Of Peace

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| January 11 , 2019 , 12:26 IST

The nation recalled the man of peace – Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of his death anniversary on Friday.

It was on 11 January 1966 India's former PM Shastri passed away in Tashkent after a massive heart attack.

Shastri, who became part of the country's struggle for freedom since the 1920s, later went on to become the second Prime Minister of independent India.

Born at the house of his maternal grandparents in Ramnagar, Varanasi in a Hindu family, Shastri began his education at the age of four under the tutelage of a Maulvi.

Latershastri became an active and mature member of Congress at the call of Gandhiji in 1928. Shastri participated in the Salt Satyagraha in 1930. He was imprisoned for two and a half years.

Jawaharlal Nehru died in office on 27 May 1964 and left a void. Then Congress Party chief Minister K. Kamaraj was instrumental in making Shastri Prime Minister on 9 June.

Shastri, though mild-mannered and soft-spoken, was a Nehruvian socialist and thus held appeal to those wishing to prevent the ascent of conservative right-winger Morarji Desai.

He led the country strongly through some tough situations, like the Indo-Pakistan War in 1965.

A man of great discipline and integrity he had a way with his words and actions. He made statements about peace and need for respect.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri popularized the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’, during the period of the war. He supported the cause of farmers and made people understand the importance of self-sustenance.

Shastri suffered a massive heart attack and died in Russia's Tashkent where he signed a peace agreement between India and Pakistan post-1965 War.

However, his death is still mired in controversy and demands being made from various quarters to the Government of India to declassify secret files related to his death.

leaders of the nation took to Twitter and paid their tribute to the former PM: