Saturday, December 29, 2007

Integrity Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India, after India gained independence. Although his physical stature was small, he was the man of great courage, will, and integrity. Lalbahadur Shastri successfully lead India during the 1965 war against Pakistan.

Because of his great qualities he was and is a great inspiration.

The following story shows the integrity of the great man. Rarely to be seen in todays world.

While he was the Prime Minister of India his son approached him with great joy and enthusiasm. The son said, "Father today I have received and appointment letter from this big company and they are offering me huge salary."

Lal Bahadur Shastri had a close look at the appointment letter. There was a smile on his face and he said, "You have not received the appointment letter on your own merit." He continued, "Nobody would offer you such appointment with such handsome salary. The only reason for the letter is that you are the son of the Prime Minister of India."

Lalbahdur Shastri asked his son to deny the proposal as it would mean the acceptance of bribe from a huge company.

This story stands apart when in todays newspapers. news channels we frequently listen and read the stories of government officials small to big doing just the opposite.

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