“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
Speaking to The Hindu about Lal Bahadur Shastri, India’s second Prime Minister, his son Sunil Shastri said, “Once he called all the family members for dinner and said, `Kal se ek hafte tak sham ko chulha nahin jalega. (From tomorrow, no food will be cooked in the evenings.) Kids will get milk and fruits only, others will fast.’ After a week he called us again and explained, `I just wanted to see if my family can sacrifice one meal every day, my larger family (the nation) can definitely stay hungry at least once a week.’ It was in response to the U.S.’s PL-480 pressure. He refused to pay for PL-480 saying we can stay hungry but will not compromise with our self-respect. After this incident he appealed to the public on All India Radio not to cook one meal at least once a week. All dhabas, restaurants and families followed it religiously.”
Lal Bahadur Shastri is fondly remembered as a great leader who preached only what he practised.