Remembering Lal Bahadur Shastri’s role in 1965 war

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has been critical of the Indian media that they did not give necessary coverage to the celebrations of the 1965 war victory anniversary. But what respect has the nation returned to Lal Bahadur Shastri who led us in the war? Even after 49 years of his death, Shastri’s family has been asking for nothing more than justice to his memory. His family says his body sported blue patches by the time it reached India and that it also had several injury marks on it. No post-mortem. No official inquiry. As you would expect, our government still keeps classified files about Shastri’s death, much like in the case of Subhas Chandra Bose. Indian government fears that the truth about Shastri’s death will harm our foreign relations. No celebration is good if the nation does not care for its leaders who brought freedom and who defended it with great pride and passion. Will we give Shastri his due?

Read my column on DailyO by India Today.


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