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Lal Bahadur Shastri

1904 - 1966

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Lal Bahadur Shastri (pronounced [lɑːl bəˈhɑːd̪ʊɾ ˈʃɑːst̪ɾi] (listen); 2 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) was an Indian politician and statesman who served as the 2nd Prime Minister of India from 1964 to 1966 and 6th Home Minister of India from 1961 to 1963. He promoted the White Revolution – a national campaign to increase the production and supply of milk – by supporting the Amul milk co-operative of Anand, Gujarat and creating the National Dairy Development Board. Underlining the need to boost India's food production, Shastri also promoted the Green Revolution in India in 1965. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lal Bahadur Shastri has received more than 7,575,517 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Lal Bahadur Shastri is the 65th most popular social activist (up from 131st in 2019), the 65th most popular biography from India (up from 118th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Indian Social Activist.

Lal Bahadur Shastri is most famous for being the second Prime Minister of India. He was a leader of the Indian National Congress and is known for his work in the fields of agriculture and education.

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Among social activists, Lal Bahadur Shastri ranks 65 out of 538Before him are Widukind, Angela Davis, Lê Đức Thọ, Jane Addams, Mustafa Barzani, and Horst Wessel. After him are Bhagat Singh, Kasturba Gandhi, Jimmy Hoffa, Beatrice Cenci, Gabrielle d'Estrées, and Abimael Guzmán.

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Among people born in 1904, Lal Bahadur Shastri ranks 23Before him are Joan Crawford, George Gamow, Ève Curie, Pavel Cherenkov, René Lacoste, and Glenn Miller. After him are Hans Albert Einstein, Werner Forssmann, John Hicks, Luis Carrero Blanco, Gregory Bateson, and Harry Martinson. Among people deceased in 1966, Lal Bahadur Shastri ranks 21Before him are Montgomery Clift, Dietrich von Choltitz, Felix Steiner, Cemal Gürsel, George de Hevesy, and Frits Zernike. After him are Célestin Freinet, Vincent Auriol, Albert Göring, Paul Reynaud, Guillermo Stábile, and Carlo Carrà.

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Among people born in India, Lal Bahadur Shastri ranks 65 out of 1,493Before him are Vyasa (-390), Premchand (1880), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Kim Philby (1912), Ronald Ross (1857), and Satyajit Ray (1921). After him are Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Ghalib (1797), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Samudragupta (335), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893).


Among social activists born in India, Lal Bahadur Shastri ranks 3Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869) and Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856). After him are Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Gerald Durrell (1925), Syed Ahmad Khan (1817), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Mangal Pandey (1827), Kittur Chennamma (1778), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), and Vandana Shiva (1952).