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Lal Bahadur Shastri: Past Forward

By Sunil Shastri

Lal Badahur Shastri: Past Forward is an English version of Sunil's earlier book in Hindi, Lal Badahur Shastri: Mere Babuji. The book is a son's grateful tribute to his father who had instilled in him not only the virtues of honesty, integrity and commitment, but also love an concern for the millions of poor people of India. It rewinds four decades of Indian history when Shastriji was an active participant in the national affairs and brings it forward to 25 years after his demise. This book, epitomizing the life of Lal Bahadur Shastri, is addressed to young and old as it captures the essence of a wholesome relationship between father, mother and their son. It is a must-read book for readers of all ages - for the modern youth it reveals the beauty and elegance of simple living; for the adult it provides an insight into honesty and ethically in political life so bankrupt in contemporary times, while for the older persons it is a nostalgic return to that era when all these Gandhian values were lived through by great leaders like Shastriji.

Sunil Shastri was born on 13th February 1950 and is the third son of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (Babuji) and Smt Lalita Shastri (Ammaji). He is married to Meera Shastri of Jaipur and has three sons Vinamra, Vaibhav and Vibhor, named after the three notable qualities of his father, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastriji. He did his schooling from St Columbas, New Delhi and graduation from Delhi University. Before joining the main stream politics he worked for the Bank of India in the Management cadre. He joined active politics in 1980 and was a Cabinet Minister in UP besides holding several important portfolios in UP Ministry. He continues to be an active member of the Indian National Congress.Since his early years he has devoted his life to the social causes to promote the well being of humanity especially the poor and the marginalized groups. A man of integrity, honesty and values, Sunil Shastri has been contributing to philanthropic, social align and academic pursuits all through his life. Shri Shastri is also a poet and has special interest in composition of music. He has written for children and also on various socio-economic issues. His book Lal Bahadur Shastri: Mere Babuji in Hindi received wide acclaim. This book is in the process of being translated into Tamil, Bangla and Marathi languages. He has edited Sradhanjali, a souvenir on Shastriji detailing various aspects of his life and other journals on socio-economic changes in India.

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