Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second prime minister of India and a revolutionary thinker who has made monumental contributions to India’s independence movement. Born on October 2, 1904, Lal Bahadur Shastri joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s and was strongly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his flow of thought. October 2, 2017, which is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in remembrance of Mahatma Gandhi also marks the 113th birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri. Lal Bahadur Shastri headed the country during a challenging time and his leadership as well as his quotes and thoughts on various key issues like freedom, war and governance continue to be prevalent even today. ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’: Facts to Know About Former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri on His 113th Birth Anniversary.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second prime minister of India and was in the office from 1964 to 1966. He headed India during the 1965 Indo-Pak War and his famous slogan at the time, ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ still remains popular. Lal Bahadur Shastri died on January 10, 1966, and his sudden death was said to be because of a heart attack. Many patriots and conspiracy theorists believed that Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death was a planned murder. As we remember him on his 113th birth anniversary, here are some of the most iconic and inspiring quotes by the second prime minister of India.

Lal Bahadur Shastri on peace and development

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We believe in peace and peaceful development, not only for ourselves but for people all over the world.

Lal Bahadur Shastri on the power of any country

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Discipline and united action are the real source of strength for the nation.

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s powerful quote on respect

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We can win respect in the world only if we are strong internally and can banish poverty and unemployment from our country.

Lal Bahadur Shastri on war and peace

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We must fight for peace bravely as we fought in war.

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s thoughts on freedom

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We believe in freedom, freedom for the people of each country to follow their destiny without external interference.

Lal Bahadur Shastri on colonialism

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We would consider it our moral duty to lend all support to the ending of colonialism and imperialism so that people everywhere are free to mould their own destiny.

The prioritization of causes by Lal Bahadur Shastri

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We cannot afford to spend millions and millions over nuclear arms when there is poverty and unemployment all around us.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was a great advocate of peace

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We believe in peace in the settlement of all disputes through peaceful means, in the abolition of war, and, more particularly, nuclear war.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was born as Lal Bahadur Shrivastava but decided to drop his surname when he was just 12-year-old because of the growing caste issues in the country. Lal Bahadur Shastri’s great work for the country and his contributions in the policy reforms earned him the Bharat Ratna award. Lal Bahadur was the first person to win this highest civilian award in India posthumously.