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The Curious case of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Murder

August 12, 2012

Lal Bahadur Shastri लालबहादुर शास्त्री Prime M...

Lal Bahadur Shastri लालबहादुर शास्त्री Prime Minister of India, 1964-1966

All I remember about Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri is Lal Bahadur Srivastava Shastri was our prime minister once and he died in Russia (2 October 1904 – 11 January 1966), but when his birthday is being neglected by his own party (Congress) and his death covered up, I began my search for more information out of curiosity.

Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on October 2, 1904 at Mughalsarai, a smallrailway town seven miles from Varanasi inUttar Pradesh, was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a significant figure in the Indian independence movement.

History shows us that he was a Brave Leader contradictory to his currentCongressmen, Spoke with Guts and carried the Pride of India on his shoulders. Here are a few quotes from Shastri himself.

“In the utilization of our limited resources, we have always given primacy to plans and projects for economic development. It would, therefore, be obvious for anyone who is prepared to look at things objectively that India can have no possible interest in provoking border incidents or in building up an atmosphere of strife…. In these circumstances, the duty of Government is quite clear and this duty will be discharged fully and effectively…. We would prefer to live in poverty for as long as necessary but we shall not allow our freedom to be subverted.

He Declared War on Pakistan

When India received a letter from China alleging that the Indian army had set up army equipment in Chinese territory, and India would face China’s wrath, unless the equipment was pulled down.  Shastri declared

“China’s allegation is untrue. If China attacks India it is our firm resolve to fight for our freedom. The might of China will not deter us from defending our territorial integrity.”

Compare this to our Recent response to the Chinese Intrusion in India by Defense minister A K Antony

“I agree with you on that China is aggressively building its capabilities in its areas. In the past, India was negligent in strengthening its capabilities in the eastern sector “



1) Why did India Sacrifice such a Brave Leader and did nothing about his Mysterious Death ?

2) Why did our government refrain from taking any actions on the allegations made by Shastri’s Wife ? Would it be the same had it been Rajiv Gandhi?

Kuldip Nayar, Lal Bahadur Shastri’s  Press advisor from 1960 to 1964 offers us some Insights.

“Shastri has been forgotten by the nation. He has been pushed into the background. I have no doubt that there was a Congress conspiracy to underplay Shastri after his death.

The Congress is the party that should have put him to the fore but I remember visiting a Congress meeting where Shastri’s portrait was not even displayed with respect……

……. They even protested against inscribing the slogan – Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan on hissamadhi. Then again, only when Mrs Shastri threatened to go on a hunger strike was it was allowed.”

[Detailed Interview available @ http://www.rediff.com/news/2004/oct/07spec1.htm]

Shastri went to USSR for the Tashkent talks, wanted a promise from Ayub Khan that Pakistan would never use force in the future. But the talks did not proceed. What followed the next day was Shastri’s Death.

While officially Shastri is declared to have died of a cardiac arrest, his wife Lalita Shastri had alleged that her husband was poisoned. Many believed that Shastri’s body’s turning blue was evidence of his poisoning. The Russian butler attending to him was arrested on suspicion of poisoning. He was later absolved of the charges.

Our Indian Government released no information about his Death and the media then was kept Silent.

When Kuldip Nayar filed an RTI to access information on Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death, the government replied:

“PMO has cited exemption from disclosure on the plea that it could harm foreign relations, cause disruption in the country and cause breach of parliamentary privileges.”

“The home ministry is yet to respond to queries whether India conducted a post-mortem on Shastri and if the government had investigated allegations of foul play. ” [Ref: TOI]

Isn’t it weird that a countries Prime Minister mysteriously passes away during his tour and the country does nothing with regard to that? What would be the reason?

Lets look at the Direct Beneficiary of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death.

Gulzarilal Nanda was the interim Prime Minister of India after the death of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966.  Indian National Congress then systematically elected a new prime minister.

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi

Her relationship with Russia was bound by a Win Win strategy. India was close to Russia, We purchased Arms, Scientific Equipment’s, offered entry to Russian Industries etc etc..  Allegations of Russia’s KGB Funding Indira’s Family is Well Known, it further highlights her close relationship with Russia. [Ref: Congress Massive Loot]

My View: It is inhuman on our part to forget leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri, I did not vote Shastriji to power but that doesn’t mean I should not be bothered about his death and forget who he is. Till Our Government releases the complete report on his death and proves otherwise I will continue to  believe that Lal Bahadur Shastri was Murdered to benefit Russia and Indira.


While searching on this issue i came across a lot of comments that criticized the government for hiding the information on Shastri’s  death, I am sharing one such comment that summarized the general opinion among the public 

Oh! its exciting! So many people are concerned about our beloved Hero – Late Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death. Eminent Journalist Kuldip Nayar knows everything. He has been made silent. Wife of Shastriji also knows. Jagajiwal Ram, SB Chavan and Swarn Singh also knew. But the people of India don’t know.

The reasons for his mysterious death is given underneath – Read chronologically –
1. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was inside a jail in USSR (He died in 1976)
2. USSR was threatening Jawaharlal of Netaji’s release if business not done with them.
3. USSR made good business relation with India showing Netaji inside jail.
4. Jawarlal died and Lal Bahadur Shastri became Indian PM
5. USSR can’t threaten him because if Shastri knows about Netaji, he will tell to release Netaji and welcome him.
6. USSR wanted somebody in power who can be threatened and utilized.
7. Indira Gandhi was consulted by Sr. Defence Official (He wrote in Diary)
8. In Tashkent (USSR), Shastri was given poison in the milk.
9. He went to Coma and died.
10. There was no inquiry / committee given to check the whole thing.
11. Media was made silent.
12. Indira gandhi came into power.
13. USSR had good business thereafter.
Regards to everybody.


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