Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership

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Blurb: The book written by Pavan Choudhary is based on the narration given by Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son Anil Shastri. The book details about the Shastri’s childhood, his adult and public life which are thought provoking. The book also highlights his virtues of simplicity, integrity, tenacity, wisdom and leadership. The book also contains an account of how Shastri handled questions of governance and politics as well as how he dealt with crises like the 1965 war with Pakistan. The book highlights the rich values and principles of Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) which may teach important lessons of life to present leaders.

Review: I finished the book in couple of hours. I appreciated the management skills of LBS.  Till now I appreciated the leadership traits of Atal Bihari Bajpai who had been my political hero. Now, I have another leader to learn. The language of the book is simple and easy to understand. The book is beautifully written and edited. The book is worthy if you have interest in reading about past fathers of this nation. The book is divided in three separate parts: individual level, interpersonal relationships and healthy society. Under these three sections, this covers all major and minor incidents of ShastriJi’s career. There are several incidents recorded in the book, when ShastriJi played a true troubleshooter for Congress party in times of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The book also covers the incident when ShastriJi made T. T. Krishnamachari resign on allegations of misuse of his position in Punjab government. There is also a mention of other great incidents like 1962 war with Pakistan, Monday evening fast appeal from citizens on barred wheat supply from America and Kashmir issue.

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