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LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI

The Lesson

An incident, which took place when he was six years old, seems to have left a deep mark on his mind. Once he went to an orchard with his friends. He was standing below while his friends climbed the trees. He plucked a flower from a bush.

The gardener came in the meantime and saw Lal Bahadur. The boys on the trees climbed down and ran away. The gardener caught Lal Bahadur. He beat him severely.

Lal Bahadur wept and said, "I am orphan. Do not beat me."

The gardener smiled with pity and said, "Because you are an orphan, you must learn better behavior, my boy."

The words of the gardener had a great effect on him. He swore to him, "I shall behave better in future. Because I am an orphan I must learn good behavior."

Though short he was not timid at school. All boys were friendly with him. Like the grass he always looked fresh and smiling. Not only during his school days but also in his later life he did not hate anyone. It seems he used to act in plays at school. He played the role of Kripacharya in the play 'Mahabharatha'. Kripacharya was in the court of Duryodhana and yet was loved by the Pandavas. Lal Bahadur Shastri had acquired the same worth.

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'After Nehru, Who?'
Lal Bahadur Shastri
'Bharat Ratna'
The Fatherless Child
The Loving Grandfather
Strong and Self-respecting
You are Here! The Lesson
Tilak and Gandhiji
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Sense Of Honour
In Prison Again
A New Arena
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Not A Slave To Position
Back In The Cabinet
The Prime Minister
A Shield For India's Honour
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'Force Will Be Met With Force
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Shastriji Is Immortal
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