Author: C P Srivastava
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195639804
An excellent work on Lal Bahadur's life and times which should be a compulsory reading for all serious students of modern India.
The life of Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904-66), India's second prime minister, is the absorbing saga of a little man, who, while suffering the rigors of poverty in early life, rose top political eminence on the strength of moral principle. When Shastri died, he left behind no wealth or property; instead he left an example which is morally inspiring in an age riddled with political corruption.
Although Shastri's tenure as prime minister lasted only nineteen months, it was a period of high drama during which occurred several social and political issues of national importance and international interest, including a major wear against Pakistan. Recounting these incidents in vivid detail, this book also unearths and sets many facts right for the first time.
As Shastri's personal aide for many years, C P Srivastava was with him during the hours of his death in Tashkent. He researched for five years, interviewing people, unearthing documents and - to explore the cause of Shastri's mysterious death in Tashkent - even consulting medical experts.
The result is a superbly detailed, scholarly biography, unlikely to be superseded.
A superb job. Lal Bahadur Shastri comes alive in the pages of this book.
An incredible story . . Should be a lesson for our present day politicians.