The Day After News
At a time when Indian politicians make news for corruption and misuse of power comes a book on Lal Bahadur Shastri, the country’s second prime minister who was so upright that he deposited money in government coffers because his sons had used his official car.
The incident has been captured in the book “Lal Bahadur Shastri: Past Forward” (Konark) by his son Sunil Shastri, a Congress politician and a former minister in Uttar Pradesh.
Sunil Shastri says he used to imagine having a big luxury car commensurate with the status of his ‘babuji'(father) and Lal Bahadur Shastri did get a Chevrolet Impala for official use.
“One day I told babuji’s personal secretary to ask the driver to bring the Chevrolet to the residence. We asked the driver for the keys and went for a drive,” he says in the book.
Lal Bahadur Shastri later confronted the driver, saying, “Do you keep a logbook with you?” “When he nodded, babuji asked him to note the distance the car had run the previous day. When the driver said 14 km, he advised him to note it ‘for private use’ and then asked amma to give his personal secretary the amount applicable to be deposited in the government account.”
DR A K Saxena, Director, DMSRDE is king of corruption as e-mails from M/s Mangalam to him exposed his relation with suppliers and as well as his modus operandi in procurement cases.
Our country proud of having such great Prime Minister and other way very unfortunate having such corrupt DRDO scientist who is heading such important Defence Establishment.