Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership


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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.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership

  1. 1. Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership PUBLISHER: Wisdom Village Publications AUTHORS: Anil Shastri, Pavan Choudary ISBN: 9789380710365 PRICE: Rs. 195/‐ PAGES: 170   INTRODUCTION:  This book is about a man who came 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. 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 Indianness. 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. To get your copy visit:‐bahadur‐shastri‐lessons‐ leadership/p/itmdtczzsd7gvxp7?pid=9789380710365&otracker=from‐ search&srno=t_3&query=pavan+choudary&ref=8f995e17‐cd92‐4518‐a984‐05991cce30b7
  2. 2. CONTENTS: Introduction Values to Inspire us at an Individual Level 1 Gardener's Advice 2 Toiling at School 3 Mango Vendor 4 Vegetarianism 5 'No' to Borrowing Money 6 Keeping Promises 7 Living within Means 8 Courage v/s Tradition 9 Putting others before Self 10 Organizational Skills 11 Sartorial Simplicity 12 Self‐Help Training 13 Pocket Money 14 Time Management 15 Punctuality 16 Patience Pays 17 Non‐Attention Seeking Personality 18 Simple Living, High Thinking 19 After Nehru, Who? 20 Family Man 21 Message in a Car 22 Devious Driving Licence 23 Indian Values 24 My Grandmother 25 3rd January Values to Enhance our Interpersonal Relationships 26 Strong Work Ethic 27 Crisis Management 28 Purushotham Das Tandon and Pandit Nehru 29 Man Management 30 The Great Motivator 31 Chamber of Commerce 32 Tea Party 33 Trusting those Below the Radar 34 Raising Delicate Issues Unabashedly 35 Coalition Politics 36 Two Deputy Leaders 37 Touching Elders’ Feet 38 Mediation in Uttar Pradesh (UP) 39 Keep Enemies Closer 40 Empathy Towards Subordinates 41 Chairing a Meeting of the Congress Parliamentar y Party (CPP) 42 Aap Saath Chalna Pasand Karenge? 43 Pratap Singh Kairon 44 Morarji Opts Out of Shastri’s Cabinet 45 T.T. Krishnamachari 46 Relations with Indira Gandhi
  3. 3. 47 The Witty Shastri 48 Affable Personality 49 Saying ‘No’ Elegantly 50 Never Pulling Ranks 51 Interacting with Girls Values Vital for a Healthy Society 52 Caste Connotations 53 Family v/s Country 54 Dreams of Serving the Nation 55 Regard for Sincere and Committed Employees 56 Against Untouchability 57 Handling Unresponsive Officials 58 Accessible to All People 59 General Elections 60 Praying to God in 30 Seconds 61 Akali Agitation ‐ Fast unto Death 62 Kashmir Issue 63 Prisoner of Indecision 64 War against Pakistan 65 Standing Tall 66 A Credible Leader 67 Jai Jawan Jai Kisan 68 War Heroes 69 True Hospitality 70 Shastriji’s visit to Amul, Anand 71 Super Communist 72 A Touching Tribute 73 Select Bibliography ABOUT AUTHORS: 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 and 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. For more follow him on twitter @anilkshastri. Pavan Choudary is the author of path breaking books like How a Good Person can Really Win, Broom & Groom (co‐author Kiran Bedi), A Trilogy of Wisdom (on Chanakya, Confucius and kabir), Machiavelli for Moral People, Uprising 2011:Indians against Corruption (co‐author Kiran Bedi), When you are Sinking become a Submarine and The Rx Factor. Pavan is also the Managing Director of Vygon, a leading French Multinational, chairs the Medical Technology Division of CII, hosts the TV program Hum Aise Kyun Hain on Doordarshan, and has written columns for The Times of India and Financial Chronicle. He sits on some of the most respected advisory boards of India and is a much sought after Management Strategist. To know more follow him on twitter @AuthorPavan or visit at