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Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of the country, died on this day in 1966 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Shastri became Prime Minister on 9 June 1964 after the death of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Shastri gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. He was Prime Minister for about 18 months. It was under his leadership that India defeated Pakistan in the 1965 war. He then went to Tashkent to sign an agreement to end the war with the President of Pakistan Ayub Khan and died there.
Shastri’s death is still a mystery
The mystery of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death remains even today. He died at 1.32 am in the early hours of 11 January, just 12 hours after the signing of the Tashkent Agreement with Pakistan on 10 January 1966.
It is said that Shastri was well until half an hour before his death, but his health deteriorated in 15 to 20 minutes. After this, doctors gave him an intra-muscular injection. He died a few minutes after the injection.
Shastri’s death is also suspected because his post-mortem was not done. His wife Lalitha Shastri claimed that her husband was poisoned and killed. His son Sunil also said that his father had blue marks on his body.
When Shastri’s body was being taken to Tashkent Airport to bring it to Delhi, the flags of the Soviet Union, India and Pakistan were on the way. Among those who supported Shastri’s coffin were Soviet Prime Minister Kosigin and President of Pakistan Ayub Khan.
After the agreement in Tashkent, Lal Bahadur Shastri, the then President of Pakistan Ayub Khan and the Prime Minister of the Soviet Union, Alexei Kosigin.
He was the PM, at whose behest, millions of Indians gave up one meal.
When the Indo-Pakistan war was going on in 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson threatened Shastri that if you did not stop fighting against Pakistan, we will stop the red wheat you send us.
At that time India was not self-sufficient in wheat production. Shastri said this. He appealed to the countrymen that we will not have a meal for a time. There will be no need for wheat coming from America. On Shastri’s appeal, millions of Indians at that time had stopped eating food.
Before appealing to the countrymen, Shastri himself did not eat a single meal in his house and neither did his family. This is because they wanted to see if their children could stay hungry. When he saw that he and his children could live without food for a time, he appealed to the countrymen.
2 thousand dead in Peru’s icy storm
On this day in 1962, at least 2 thousand people died in the northwestern part of Peru due to icy storms and rock slides. At that time, millions of tons of snow, rocks, mud and debris suddenly started falling down from the Andes, Peru’s highest mountain. This accident happened at midnight. 8 cities were buried under this debris. Some people were also rescued. After this, in 1970, about 20 thousand people died in another icy storm in Peru.
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