Death Mystery Of Lal Bahadur Sastri
The mystery surrounding Lal Bahadur Sastri’s death is still not resolved. Following the Indo-Pak war that broke out in 1965, Lal Bahadur Sastri visited Tashkent for signing the agreement on 10th January 1966 that was meant to bring the war to a close. Shockingly, he was found dead on the following day.
Official claims by the USSR
Though official claims by the USSR stated he died of heart attack, the way in which everything happened triggered the suspicion of the world community. Since then the family members of Sastri have been asking to declassify the files related to his death, but in vain. From different corners, different reasons are cited for his unfortunate death, but none of them could be validated.
The missing records
The Raj Narain Inquiry into the death of Sastri did not provide any valid conclusions. However, the Parliament Library does not seem to have any records of this inquiry stored. The truth of why they are missing and whether they were destroyed or suppressed still remains a question.
Post-mortem conducted or not
Sastriji’s wife Lalitha reported to have noted that the body was blue and there were a few cut marks in the abdomen region. Could the blue colour be due to poisoning? Why were the cut marks there? If any post mortem was conducted what happened to the reports?
The statement of Dr.RN Chugh
RN Chugh, the personal physician of Lal Bahadur Sastri has stated that Sastri was in perfect health and never was noted with any symptoms related to his heart. Therefore, it is most unlikely that he had a heart attack. As official statements say there was no post mortem conducted, the cut marks could suggest the acts of poisoning.
The cruel end faced by the witnesses
In 1977, the two witnesses who were with Shastri were to make their statements in front of the Parliament. On his way, RN Chugh was hit by a truck and was killed on the spot. Shastri’s servant Ram Nath claimed he was carrying the burden related to Shastri’s death and would soon reveal it, but was run over by a car. He lost his legs and memory too.
The involvement of CIA
CIA agent Robert Crowley had revealed in an interview that the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri and that of Dr. Homi Bhabha who is heralded as the father of nuclear science in India were accomplished by CIA in order to put an end to Indo-Russian dominance in the nuclear front.
The role of the Russian Butler
During Sahstriji’s visit, the Prime Minister’s butler had a very easy access to him. Due to arising suspicion, he was even arrested for an inquiry, but was allowed to walk out eventually. Later the authorities only maintained that Lal Bahadur Shastri died of cardiac arrest.
The RTI provision denied
Anuj Dhar, who authored the book entitled CIA’s Eye on South Asia filed an RTI regarding the Prime Minister’s death. The PMO but said there was a single classified document available which could not be declassified as it could affect foreign relations. Unless the said document is declassified, the clouds surrounding our second Prime Ministers death will never get cleared.
Most of us would have studied about Shastri in our school textbooks in which we were taught that he was initially a freedom fighter, then became prime minister after Nehru, and later died in Tashkent. Thats all we know. So, let me share some interesting facts about him here..
October 2nd. Whose birthday is it? Yeah correct. Also, it is Shastri’s birthday on same day and most of us dont even know it, let alone celebrate.
If you combine dedication, ethics, honesty, integrity, responsibility, & austerity, you get Shastri!! The above photo is the best example to show his dedication towards his job. Can we think of today’s politician doing his job in flight like this? Forget flight, do they do their jobs with this much of dedication even in their office?
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Talking about integrity & responsibility.
There was a major railway accident sometime in 1950s. Being the railway minister at that time, he took moral responsibility and offered his resignation (However, Nehru did not accept it). That shows the moral standards he maintained.
Talking about honesty and ethics.
During freedom struggle, when he was jailed by the British, he was informed that his daughter was sick. So he asked for 15 days permission and was granted on the condition that he will not participate in freedom struggle in these 15 days. By the time he reached his home, his daughter had died. After performing the funeral for 3 days, he immediately returned back to jail inspite of having 12 more days of freedom from jail!!
Similarly, one day, while in jail, he was told that his son was sick and this time he got a permission of 7 days of leave from jail. He stayed with his son all the 7 days. The son had still not recovered, but Shastri went back to jail to keep up his word!! (Fortunately, the son survived)
Talking about austerity.
He is popularly called “The politician who made no money”. He was born in a poor family, he lived his life in simplicity and austerity. And he died as a poor man. He really knew what austerity meant.
These are the kind of leaders we need today who can demonstrate what real austerity means. Not by someone who boards a train for the first time in his life at the age of 38, and spends a night in huts to prove that he is asture. We need austerity lessons from people who have really experienced poverty so that they understand what real poverty means. Not by someone who has zillions in swiss banks and talks about eradicating poverty here.
There is a nice article with more thought provoking facts about Shastri written by his press advisor: