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Conspiracy Theories: What could have been common between Lal Bahadur Shastri and Yasser Arafat?

October 15, 2013

Updated April 10, 2015:

http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-truth-behind-the-death-of-Lal-bahadur-Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second prime minister of India while Yasser Arafat, the ex-PLO president  is well remembered until today.  Born after Shastri passed away, atleast i can claim that i am a contemporary of those like Nelson Mandela and Yasser Arafat (and also Gaddafi and Saddam Hussain and Mubarak and so on….!)

This article in ‘Times of India’ caught my interest, which is about suspected foul play in Arafat’s death:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Arafat-was-poisoned-with-radioactive-polonium-Swiss-radiation-experts-say/articleshow/24160129.cms

Some of the readers’ comments made me google the death of our own ex-prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who also died under mysterious circumstances in Tashkent, in the erstwhile USSR.   For one thing, in my growing-up years, without a second thought my teachers and family and other elders told me in every single occasion when the topic cropped up for discussion, that Shastri was done away with.  It was a confirmed general opinion, that’s how i remember it to this day, No inquest or postmortem were matter of any criteria for our complacent citizens of ’50s and ’60s who held their own beliefs on the subject, but  who seemingly were resigned to the nation’s fate and turn of events in a troublesome decade.  These folks who are mostly senior citizens today had been quietly stubborn and rebellious in the way they refused to accept the official version as handed out to them by the media of those times.  What a passive resistance.  What we the next generation ingested from our seniors is quite contrary to ‘printed facts.’

Finally, it looks like one by one, the jig-saw pieces are falling into their places and we somewhat are getting a rough idea of ‘what could have been’ although this line of thought still is essentially ‘speculative’ even at this stage.  But we in the present, atleast have the means and courage to ‘break taboos’ and tread on ‘dangerous grounds’ and ‘search for the truth’ that’s been ‘denied’ to us too long… or was it?

Is the official version the correct one or the ‘collective conscience’ of an entire nation (with its element of speculation) the correct one.

Not concerned with Arafat, but Shastri is my area of interest.  For this is a man of whom there has been ZERO criticism in media or public or government until today.   Lal Bahadur Shastri might not have been beloved by all or striking or charismatic the way his famous predecessor or successor were, but he was most respected and thought to be ‘clean and honest’ and … SOFT SPOKEN ofcourse.  Which is why perhaps his last moments of life on earth, as India’s second PM still remain a mystery.   A man of impeccable character, this great son of India is hardly remembered by the nation a mere sixty-five years after our independence, which is sad.  Truth has to unravel itself sooner or later…  LINKS ADDED WITHOUT PREJUDICE here.  There is still no established, concrete, scientific proof to contest the official version that Shastri died of massive heart-attack one fine day (or night in his sleep) in Russia.  But watch this video in You-tube where the small diminutive figure of Shastri briskly walks to reception in Moscow and thereafter delivers a speech in the Russian parliament.  Its unbelievable quite that the man could have died the very same night (or next or next which is unclear).  This man could have lead India for a considerable time like upto the ’70s, had not fate intervened in his life and in the history of this nation.

On the other hand, could Shastri have been the ‘naive’ prime minister whose superficial-or-otherwise ‘timid’ personality might have had a damaging effect on India’s future, had he lived longer serving as our Prime Minister in those crucial years?  Did we need and deserve badly an ‘iron hand’ after all?  Did everything happen in India’s interest – God willing?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2sZCTsatv8

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Original Post:

Adding one more link here to Kuldip Nayyar’s write-ups:

http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?281456

Googling ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death’ will bring out some real interesting reads and videos.

Shastri and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose – Bose being another freedom fighter who joined hands with the Axis powers in World War II against the British, and rebel leader, who disappeared without a trace in history…. what kind of national heroes we could have had to look up to ….  Their influence on our populace could have been immense.  Each could have made a difference to this nation in his own way.   Who knows?

‘Google’ is such a nice, convenient tool that all we have to do this time is to google ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhzfbPtHIRQ

Very interesting reads!  Satyameva Jayate… or not?!

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