About Lal Bahadur Shastri (October 2, 1904 - January 11,1966)
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, a pragmatic and down to earth leader of the people of India, a fine statesman and an able administrator, with the moral and ethical attributes of a 'Mahatma' and a person of impeccable integrity, was a great soul dedicated to the welfare of the common man. He was deeply patriotic and courageous, having dedicated his life to the service of the nation. His commitment to the people of India was exemplary. Lal Bahadur Shastri was born in a poor family on October 2, 1904 and through his grit, determination and honesty he rose to the high position of Prime Minister of India.
A firm believer in the social responsibilities of business enterprises, he looked at the economic and social realities of Indian life with a clear vision, never allowing his judgment to be influenced by doctrinaire or ideological preconceptions. In the administrative sphere, he had original ideas, and was an innovator with resolve to give effect to new ideas. Shastriji's tireless dedication to the cause of improving the welfare of the Indian people, is an inspiration to all those who look to the future with hope and confidence.
Shastriji felt the need for a responsive and agile administration during his tenure as Prime Minister of India, The appointment of an Administrative Reforms Commission to streamline Public Administration was one among many steps he took to make administration quick and responsive. He simultaneously felt the importance of developing high quality institutions, which could provide a stream of administrators and managers for future. His vision was later translated into reality when the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration was set up in Mussoorie which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Shastriji passed away in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan on January 11, 1966 after signing the famous Tashkent Declaration.
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