Lalita Shastri

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Lalita Shastri was the wife of former prime minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri. They had married on 16 May 1928. She was from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. After marriage, the couple lived for several years in Allahabad before moving to Lucknow and then to New Delhi. Both of them shared cheerfully the trials and tribulations of life. Shastri spent nine years of his life in jail. During these spells, Lalita looked after the children and household. The family moved to New Delhi in 1952 when Shastri became the railway minister. However they vacated the premises after his death. But in 1968, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi allotted the house to Lalita Shastri, the wife of Lal Bahadur Shastri, and she lived there till her death in 1993.[1]

Today Lal Bhadur Shastri Memorial run by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Memorial Trust, is situated next to 10 Janpath the official residence of her husband as Prime Minister,[2] at 1, Motilal Nehru Place, New Delhi.

She Founded Shastri Sewa Niketan.[3] Sunil Shastri is its Chairman nowadays. Lalita Shastri died in 1993 in New Delhi. Anil Shastri one of their sons is a former Lok Sabha member.

An epic poetry book in Hindi titled Lalita Ke Aansoo[4] written by Krant M. L. Verma was published in 1978.[5] In this book the complete story of her husband Lal Bahadur Shastri has been narrated through the mouth of Lalita Shastri.[6]


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  2. ^ Rajeshwar Prasad (1991). Days with Lal Bahadur Shastri: Glimpses from The Last Seven Years. Allied Publishers. p. 16. ISBN 81-7023-331-3. 
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  4. ^ *Book:Lalita Ke Ansoo on worldcat
  5. ^ Hindustan (Hindi daily) New Delhi 12 January 1978 (ललिता के आँसू का विमोचन)
  6. ^ Panchjanya (newspaper) A literary review 24 February 1980