Lal Bahadur Shastri (Lessons in Leadership)

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Item Code: NAI068
Author: Anil Shastri and Pavan Choudary
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9789380710365
Pages: 165
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 190 gm
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About the Book

This book carries anecdotes encapsulating Lal Bahadur's childhood, growing up years and political life. Each anecdote is poignantly narrated by his son Anil Shastri. And brilliantly interpreted by Pavan choudary. The reader will take home unique and valuable insights. It is Lal Bahadur Shastri like never before.


About the Author

Anil Shastri is an Indian politician, social activist and educationist. After graduating from St. Stephen's college he served in Voltas for 17 years. Anil joined politics in 1989. He was elected to the Lok Sabha and appointed as Minister in the Ministry of Finance. He is also Special Invitee to the Congress Working Committee. Born to Lal Bahadur Shastri, Anil has established several educational institutions and is the Chairman of Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management.

Pavan Choudary is the author of path breaking books like How a good person can Really Win, Broom & Groom (with Kiran Bedi), when you are Sinking become a Submarine and The Rx Factor. Pavan is also the Managing Director of Vygon, a leading French MNC, hosts the TV programHum Aisey Kyun Hain on DD, and has written columns for The Times of India and Financial Chronicle. He sits on some of the respected advisory boards of India and is a Management Strategist.



This book is about a man who carne from the humblest section of society and rose to the highest position of the land. He was the epitome of wisdom and practicality. The values he lived by have transcended time and generations and have proved to be invaluable not only today but will continue to be so in the future. As you go through this book, you will find several recollections and anecdotes from Shastri's childhood, his public office and adult life. Unfortunately, he was snatched away by the cruel jaws of death early. However, the principles he lived by endure.

I have hand-picked personal recollections of his second son Anil Shastri who had the good fortune of being raised by such a stalwart. During my interactions with Anil, I saw in him the same integrity, honesty and loyalty his father was known for. I saw that despite his time in politics and presiding over an educational empire his value system was uncontaminated.And that beneath his dignified exterior he is a simple, unpretentious and affable man. And there was always this glint of pride in his eyes while reminiscing times spent with his father. Only a great father would inspire such pride. I could see the same emotion resonating from other people who had interacted with Lal Bahadur in his lifetime. Little wonder then that Lal Bahadur Shastri was the first person to be awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously, the highest civilian honour in the country, in 1966. He was a true jewel of the country.

What struck me the most about Lal Bahadur Shastri was that despite coming from a very humble background, he rose to high ranks through his hard work and wisdom.Poverty did not vanquish him, rather it propelled him to reach the highest position the country offered. Besides, he did not lose his empathy for others. He felt the pain of others when he put himself in their place. This was evident in the way he dealt with people from all walks of life. His profound empathy, however, did not take away from acting fair and just. Nothing confounded him and he was known to take quick and decisive decisions whether it pertained to war with Pakistan or action in Kashmir.

Shastri was also noted for his good habits of punctuality, practicality and hospitality. No one would ever go back hurt or disappointed after meeting him. He made everyone feel welcome and positive, even though, at times, the way forward may not have been entirely favourable for them. He also did not believe in hierarchy which in-subordinated people. He was inclusive and discussed issues with everyone, drawing nuggets from all levels.

Being a man of few needs, Lal Bahadur believed in living within means and cutting the coat according to the cloth. Whenever he had some spare resources, he would plough these back into the community to help the needy. He did not believe in ostentation but proudly flaunted his lndianness. I believe that today's generation can learn a lot from this iconic personality.

Drawing from such a wellspring of rich values, this book is presented in three sections - Values to inspire us at an individual level, interpersonal level and societal level. Each of these recollections has a thought-provoking and inspiring lesson which if applied, can help us develop into well-rounded personalities.




  Introduction i
  Values to Inspire us at an Individual Level  
1 Gardener's Advice 3
2 Toiling at School 5
3 Mango Vendor 7
4 Vegetarianism 9
5 No' to Borrowing Money 11
6 Keeping Promises 13
7 Living within Means 15
8 Courage v/s Tradition 17
9 Putting others before Self 19
10 Oragnizational Skills 22
11 Sartorial Simplicity 23
12 Self-Help Training 25
13 Pocket Money 27
14 Time Management 30
15 Punctuality 32
16 Patience Pays 34
17 Non-Attention Seeking Personality 36
18 Simple Living , High Thinking 38
19 After Nehru, Who? 40
20 Family Man 42
21 Massage in a Car 44
22 Devious Driving Licence 46
23 Indian Values 49
24 My Grandmother 51
25 3rd January 53
  Values to Enhance our interpersonal Realtionships  
26 Strong Work Ethic 57
27 Crisis Management 59
28 Purushotham Das Tandon and Pandit Nehru 61
29 Man Management 62
30 The Great Motivator 63
31 Chamber of Commerce 65
32 Tea Party 69
33 Trusting those Below the Radar 70
34 Raising Delicate Issues Unabashedly 72
35 Coalition Politics 75
36 Two Deputy Leaders 77
37 Touching Elders's Feet 80
38 Mediation in Uttar Pradesh(UP) 82
39 Keep Enemies Closer 85
40 Empathy Towards Subordinates 87
41 Chairing Meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party(CPP) 89
42 Aap Saath Chalna Pasand Karenge? 91
43 Pratap Singh Kairon 94
44 Morarji Opts Out of Shastri's Cabinet 96
45 T.T. Krishnamachri 98
46 Relations with Indira Gandhi 99
47 The Witty Shastri 102
48 Affable Personality 104
49 Saying 'No' Elegantly 106
50 Never Pulling Ranks 108
51 Interacting with Girls 110
  Values Vital for a Healthy Society  
52 Caste Connotations 115
53 Family v/s Country 117
54 Dreams of Serving the Nation 119
55 Regard for Sincere and Commited Employees 121
56 Against Untouchability 123
57 Handling Unresponsive Officials 125
58 Accessible to All People 126
59 General Elections 128
60 Praying to God in 30 Seconds 129
61 Akali Agitation- Fast unto Death 130
62 Kashmir Issue 133
63 Prisoner of Indecision 136
64 War against Pakistan 138
65 Standing Tall 141
66 A Credible Leader 143
67 Jai Jawan Jai Kisan 146
68 War Heroes 147
69 True Hospitality 149
70 Shastriji's visit to Amul, Anand 151
71 Super Communist 153
72 A Touching Tribute 155
73 Select Bibliography 157


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