The Jai Jawan Jai Kisan musical concert consisted of professional music performances along with performances by students of Lorraine Music Academic and students of other prominent schools and universities in the NCR of Delhi. Music and dance performances, both patriotic and folk, from across the length and breadth of India were presented to represent our diverse nation.
At the “Thinkers Forum Charcha”, some fascinating points about the life and times of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri were discussed with his sons Shri Anil Shastri and Shri Sunil Shastri.
“Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” as an event was focused on the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri. This slogan is as relevant today as all those years ago. It still resonates across the length and breadth of our nation,” said Shri Anil Shastri who was a young 17-year-old man when his father took the highest position in our Nation. He shared some fascinating insights about how Shastriji’s ideals influenced his family, especially referring back to the time when America threatened to stop export of wheat to India if India did not stop the war with Pakistan.
At that time, Shastriji sent for a young agriculture scientist, Mr. Swaminathan to find a solution to this problem. It was soon found out that if every Indian chose to give up eating wheat for only a single meal each week, there would no longer be any need for India to import wheat from the United States. This gave birth to the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” representing India’s consciousness of always wanting to be self-reliant.
The goal of self-reliance is what would result in the growth of the Kisan and Shastriji believed that to be able to protect the territorial integrity and security of the nation, the soldiers too needed to be motivated and feel elated. He strongly believed that Indians could compromise on anything but not the self-respect of the nation. A sentiment that holds true even today.
When asked about the qualities of his father that touched him most as a son of such a great man, Shri Anil Shastri said that what influenced him the most about his father was his personal integrity, intellectual honesty, risk taking ability and humility. He showcased each one of these qualities during the Indo-Pak war when he supported the troops’ march towards Lahore to dispel the attacks from Pakistan.
His noble qualities, ethics, values and principles continue to inspire the future generations towards helping build a positive nation. Just like Article 51A of the Constitution of India states that “It shall be the duty of every Citizen of India to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom; to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.”
Sunil Shastri blessed all the children so affectionately and prayed that in each home would be born and raised a Lal Bahadur Shastri!
As their contribution to the Nation Building Project COME INDIA SING, Anil Shastri sang the song “Aa Chal Ke Tujhe” that was made popular by Kishore Kumar; and Sunil Shastri sang the song “Ek Din Bik Jaayega Maathi Ki Mol” made popular by Mohammed Rafi.
At the end of his working day Lal Bahadur Shastri enjoyed listening to bhajans sung by Lalita Shastri. Smt. Meera Shastri, daughter-in-law of Lal Bahadur Shastri, sang Lalita Shastri’s favourite bhajan composition “Bhola Bhola Rat Te Ho Gayi Main Baanwaria”. The evening was a memorable and enjoyable one that brought fond memories and tears to the eyes of many.