A day, we Indians can never forget.The second day of October is remembered by every Indian because it is the day on which the Father of our Nation was born in 1869. We continue to celebrate this day as Gandhi Jayanthi day, every year.
There is another reason to remember this day. It is the birth day of one of our Prime Ministers too. He is none other than late Lal Bahadur Sasthri. He was one of our Prime Ministers noticed for his simplicity and honesty. As the minister in charge of Railways earlier, he resigned from the ministry owning the responsibility for a train accident at Ariyalloor, in Tamil Nadu, which resulted in the death of 140 passengers. Even Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was the Prime Minister then, could not dissuade him from his decision to resign. Throughout his life he led a very simple life. He removed his caste title from his name even when he was a school student. For his marriage he demanded a spinning wheel and a few bundles of threads as dowry. He was the Prime Minister when Pakistan attacked India. It was during this time he coined the slogan "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan". Under his leadership, India won the war (Jai Jawan). Simultaneously he encouraged the food production and the result was positive (Jai Kisan). It was he who took the initiative to appoint women as bus conductors for the first time in this country. As a minister, he was very honest and was stern in his decisions.
Thus on October 2nd, we are remembering two great sons of our Nation.