Today is second October and as we all know it the birth anniversary of the father of the nation, India i.e. Mahatma Gandhi. But to my surprise, many people don’t know that but today is also the birth anniversary of one of the most eminent figures in the Indian struggle for liberation from British colonial rule and the second prime minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Getting straight on to the topic here are some fascinating facts about these two inspirational figureheads and devoted Indians!
Lal Bahadur Shastri:
1. He was against the Caste system and hence disowned his last name. The name Shastri was given to him after his graduation from the Kasi Vidyapeeth.
2. He translated the Autobiography of Madame Curie in Hindi.
3. few know that Shastriji was the first Indian minister to appoint women conductors after becoming the transport minister post-independence.
4. He was against the Dowry system hence refused to accept any dowry but on repeated request of his father in law took just a few Meters of Khadi cloth.
5. Lal Bahadur Shastri went to jail as early as when he was 17-years-old. Jailed for his participation in non-cooperation movement, Shastri was later let-off as he was only 17 (minor) then.
6. Another little-known fact about Lal Bahadur Shastri is that it was him who ordered using jets of water instead of lathis to disperse the crowd; during his charge as a minister of Police Department.
1. While in England in 1931, Gandhi made his first radio broadcast for the United States. The first thing the people of the United States heard the Mahatma say was, “Do I have to speak into this thing?”
2. Gandhi was extremely punctual. One of his very few possessions was a dollar watch. Just before he was assassinated, on January 30, 1948, Gandhi was upset because he was 10 minutes late getting to a regular prayer meeting. 3.Once while he was boarding a train, one of his shoes slipped and fell.
3.Once while he was boarding a train, one of his shoes slipped and fell onto the track. He instantly removed the other shoe and threw it near the first one. His intent was to help the person who found the pair – so they’d have two.
4. Gandhi is the source of inspiration to the most number of Nobel Peace prize winners – at least 6 winners have attributed their principles and methods to him.
5. Great Britain, the country against whom he fought for Independence, released a stamp honouring him 21 years after his death.
6. In 1939, he wrote a request letter for Hitler to avoid war, but it never reached its intended recipient because of an intervention by the British government.
…….and here is one extra fact to distort the symmetry! 😛
7. Mahatma Gandhi was the man of peace, but ironically he never won the Nobel Peace Prize, although he was nominated 5 times for it, in 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1947.
He was chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948, but he was assassinated before it was conferred to him. In response to this, the Nobel Committee decided not to award the Peace Prize for that year.
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