Lal Bahadur Shastri was a notable Indian politician and freedom struggle fighter during Independence. He became the Prime Minister of Independent India.
Vehemently against the caste system, he dropped his surname ‘Srivastava’. Also against the dowry system, he merely took a small piece of khadi cloth and a spinning wheel from the bride’s family.
He famously gave the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ during the Indo-Pak war of 1965 to signify the importance of farmers and soldiers. He was a follower of Gandhi’s ideology.
Shastri got the most prestigious Bharat Ratna award posthumously in 1966.