Lal Bahadur was born on
October 2nd, 1904 at Mughalsarai, seven miles from Kashi. His parents were Sharada Prasad
and Ramdulari Devi. They were agriculturists. Srivastava was part of Lal Bahadur's
name. He dropped that part indicating his caste when he grew up. He did not like such
indications of caste.
Lal Bahadurs father was a poor teacher at first. Then he became a clerk in the Revenue
Office at Allahabad. Here, too, he earned very little. But, even though he was poor, he
never accepted bribes. He lived a life of honesty and integrity.
Sharada Prasad died when Lal Bahadur was only a year old. Ramdulari Devi felt as though
the skies had come down on her.
Her father gave shelter to her and her three children, a boy and two girls.