Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of independent India, who held term from 1964 to 1966. During Jawaharlal Nehru’s term as the first prime minister, he was the minister of home affairs and also held the position of Uttar Pradesh’s minister of police once. Known for his mild manner and his soft-spoken image, he had a low profile style during his tenure. One of the most humble prime ministers of India, it is his modesty that continues to define him.
The leader shares his birthday with Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. But while Gandhi was born in 1869, Shastri was around 35 years his junior, and was born in 1904 in Mughalsarai, currently in Uttar Pradesh. He breathed his last on January 11, 1966. On Shastri Jayanti, here are 10 influential quotes from the man who coined the term, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan!”