Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri: An honest and true leader
October 10, 2013
by Ramandeep Kaur
How many of you know that 2nd October is not only the birth-date of Mahatma Gandhi, but also of Lal Bahadur Shastri, one of the most honest, noble, and able Prime Ministers of India?
Lal Bahadur Shastri was known for his simplicity, leadership qualities and the famous slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. He was a true administrator and an inspiration for the youth as well as nation builders. He was also an indispensable part of the Indian freedom struggle. Such leaders are hard to find in today’s world.
Shastri was born on 2nd October 1904 at Mughal Sarai, Uttar Pradesh in a very simple family. His original name was Lal Bahadur Srivastava. He was against the caste system and had dropped his surname as a mark of protest. The title ‘Shastri’, meaning scholar, was added to his name after he completed his course at Kashi Vidyapeeth in 1926. At present, India has many roads, monuments, public squares, and stadiums after his name.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was a man full of honesty and truthfulness. He joined ‘Servants of People Society’ founded by Lala Lajpat Rai after completing his studies at Kashi Vidyapeeth. He was a very active freedom fighter and a great disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. Shastri participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement of 1930. In the same year, he was appointed as the General Secretary of Allahabad District Congress Committee. Shastri was imprisoned many a times by the British during the freedom struggle. After Independence, he became a minister in the state government of Uttar Pradesh. From 1952 to 1956, he served the federal as the minister of transport; from 1957 to 1961, as minister of industry; and from 1961 to 1963 as home affairs minister. He set an exceptional example in politics by resigning from cabinet, taking a moral responsibility of a railway accident. His resignation was accepted by Jawaharlal Nehru just to set an example, though he was not at fault. After the demise of Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri was sworn in as the second Prime Minister of India on June 9, 1964. He held the office for 582 days from June 9, 1964 to January 11, 1996.
During his short tenure, he came across many problems but faced each with flexibility and firmness. He was an able administrator. Rather than conflict, he gave preference to cooperation. Personal views of every member at cabinet meeting were taken very seriously before taking any decision. To collect information and advice, Lal Bahadur Shastri set up his own Prime Minister’s Secretariat, independent of the ministries. He maintained the norms of a democratic system.
Lal Bahadur Shastri revolutionized the agriculture sector of India and gave the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”. He formulated the strategies for Green Revolution in order to increase agriculture output, which were taken up more vigorously in Indira Gandhi’s tenure.
He became the Minister of Police and Transport in Uttar Pradesh under Govind Ballabh Pant’s Chief Ministership, and was the first one to appoint women conductors. He also institutionalized the Central Bureau of Investigation to combat corruption. With this quick follow-up, actions were taken on the Das Enquiry Report against then Punjab Chief Minister Pratap Singh Kairon.
He was an honest person who never used his position for personal benefit. An incident highlights this. Once his son Anil went to deposit admission fee at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. He was standing in a long queue. The day was very hot and because of this he fell on the ground and became unconscious. Some students took him to the dispensary. When he came to, teachers asked him his father’s name and address. On hearing the name, everyone was shocked and said, ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri, our Prime Minister!’
Lal Bahadur Shastri died on 11 January 1966 in Uzbek city of Tashkent just few hours of signing a peace agreement.
In 1966, Lal Bhadur Shastri was posthumously awarded with the Bharat Ratna award. A memorial was built at Vijay Ghat, New Delhi to honor the great son of India.
Today our nation needs leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri who can lead India and devote everything to the nation.
Who do you think is ideal for the job today?
View of Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
|Location||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Owner||Sports Authority of Telangana State|
|Operator||Hyderabad Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Fateh Hyderabad F.C., Hyderabad cricket team|
Hill Fort End
|First Test||19 November, 1955:|
India v New Zealand
|Last Test||December 2, 1988:|
India v New Zealand
|First ODI||10 September, 1983:|
India v Pakistan
|Last ODI||19 November, 2003:|
India v New Zealand
|As of 22 June 2014|
Source: Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Cricinfo
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (Telugu: లాల్ బహదూర్ శాస్త్రి స్టేడియం) formerly known as Fateh Maidan is a football and cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The stadium was renamed in 1967 in memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's former Prime Minister. As of 19 Aug, 2017 it has hosted 3 Tests and 14 ODIs.
During the eight month siege of Golconda in 1687 the Mughal soldiers were camped on a vast open ground. After their victory, this ground was named as Fateh Maidan (Victory Square). During Asif Jahi period, Fateh Maidan was used as Polo Grounds. Gymkhana ground in Secunderabad which was the home of Hyderabad Cricket Association did not have stands to accommodate the large number of spectators that used to watch the cricket matches. The matches were therefore held at Fateh Maidan even though the grounds were not owned by Hyderabad Cricket Association but by Andhra Pradesh Sports Council. The first test match was hosted in November 1955 against New Zealand. The stadium was renamed as Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in 1967. Floodlights were introduced in 1993 during the Hero Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. The Stadium was the home ground for the Hyderabad cricket team.
In 2005, the use of Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium for International cricket was discontinued when Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium built across town hosted a ODI Match between India and South Africa. The stadium is now hosting Indian Cricket League matches and is the home ground for the 2008 Edelweiss 20's Challenge winners Hyderabad Heroes.
Lal Bahadur Stadium is situated behind the police control room, between the Nizam College and Public Gardens in Hyderabad. It is the venue for many national and international sporting events, especially for football and cricket. The stadium was previously known as Fateh Maidan.
It has the capacity to seat around 25,000 people. The swimming pool, shopping complex and the indoor stadium are the important aspects of this stadium. The ground has flood light facility.
The ground has flood light facility.Now it is used as the Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) .The games there are mainly Cricket and Football.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium has hosted only three Test matches – all against New Zealand. Polly Umrigar's double century and Subhash Gupte's 7 wickets in NZ's first innings were the most notable performances of the inaugural Test between these two teams and ended in a draw. In 1988/89, local players Arshad Ayub with seven wickets in the match and Mohammad Azharuddin, who top scored with 81 runs led India to a 10 wicket victory and a 2–1 Series victory.
The first ODI Match was played in the stadium during the 1983/84 season when India hosted Pakistan and won the match by four wickets. The match between India and Pakistan on 20 March 1987 was a thriller which ended with the scores tied at 212 in 44 overs. India were declared the victors because they lost fewer wickets (six to Pakistan's seven).
In one of the great matches played during the 1987 Cricket World Cup, David Houghton's 142 fell just short of lifting Zimbabwe to an epic victory. Apart from Houghton and Iain Butchart's 54, all other Zimbabwean batsmen scored single figures as New Zealand won by 3 runs. The Hero Cup encounter (1992) between West Indies and Zimbabwe saw the first day/night match in the stadium. The match was easily won by West Indies. In all, the stadium has hosted seven day/night matches. In the 1996 Cricket World Cup, the West Indies overhauled Zimbabwe's 151 in just 29.3 overs on their way to a semi-final appearance in the tournament.
In the 1999/00 season, the stadium hosted the 2nd match in the 5-match ODI Series between India and New Zealand. Having suffered a defeat in Rajkot, India lost Sourav Ganguly in the second over (run-out) as a straight drive from Sachin richoched off Shayne O'Connor's fingers into the non-sticker's stumps. Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar then put on a world-record 331 run partnership off 46.2 overs as India amassed on 376 runs and easily won the match by 174 runs.
In the final match played at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (2003), India played against New Zealand in the TVS Cup encounter that decided the second finalist (Australia already booked its spot). Tendulkar's century and Virender Sehwag's 130 created a platform for Dravid to equal the second fastest fifty by an Indian – 50 off 22 balls as India scored 353 runs and won the match comfortably by 145 runs.
Test Match statistics
The highest scores were made by West Indies, scoring 498-4 in 1959 and 358 all out in 1948. The next highest score was made by New Zealand scoring 326 all out in Test cricket. The most runs scored here was by Polly Umrigar (223 runs), followed by Bert Sutcliffe (154 runs) and John Guy (123 runs). The most wickets taken here was by Erapalli Prasana (8 wickets) by Subhash Gupte (8 wickets)and Dayle Hadlee (7 wickets).
ODI Match statistics
The highest scores were made by India, scoring 376-2 in ODIs. The next highest scores were also made by India who scored 353-5 and South Africa who scored 261-7.
The most runs scored here was by Sachin Tendulkar (310 runs), followed by Rahul Dravid (297 runs) and Dave Houghton (164 runs). Anil Kumble (7 wickets), Ajit Agarkar (6 wickets) and Manoj Prabharkar (5 wickets) are the leading wicket-takers on this ground in ODIs.
Coordinates: 17°23′57.6″N78°28′24.0″E / 17.399333°N 78.473333°E / 17.399333; 78.473333