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LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI

'Force will be met with force'

But friendly words cannot tame a serpent. There is but one way to do it - to remove the serpent's fangs.

Even before the ink with which they had signed the Kutch agreement dried up, Pakisthan raised its hood to strike again. Pakistani soldiers entered Kashmir in disguise. In September 1965 there was a large-scale invasion of the territory by Pakistani soldiers in the Chhamb area. War broke out all along the Cease-fire Line on the Kashmir border.

The enemies who had managed to enter Kashmir were cunning and mischievous. Pakistan also tried to incite Indian Muslims. The Pakisthan army was engaged in forcibly occupying areas, which belonged to India. There was the danger of the fighting spreading to the eastern border also. In addition to this, there was the threat posed by the Chinese on the northern borders of India. Lal Bahadur Shastri faced all these problems with a will of iron. It was at this time that the country understood the greatness of Lal Bahadur Shastri. He decided that was the time to teach Pakistan a lesson. He gave full freedom to the Commander of the Army. 'Go forward and strike' was Shastriji's command to the generals.

Addressing the nation on 13th August 1965 Shastriji referred to Pakistan's threats and said, "Force will be met with force." Two days later, during the celebration of Independence day, he declared from the ramparts of the Red Fort: "It does not matter if we are destroyed. We will fight to the last to maintain the high honor of the Indian nation and its flag."


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'After Nehru, Who?'
Lal Bahadur Shastri
'Bharat Ratna'
The Fatherless Child
The Loving Grandfather
Strong and Self-respecting
The Lesson
Tilak and Gandhiji
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In Prison Again
A New Arena
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Not A Slave To Position
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A Shield For India's Honour
The Rann Of Kutch
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Shastriji Is Immortal
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