Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu gives away the ‘22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence: 2021’ to Director of AIIMS Dr. Randeep Guleria in New Delhi on October 11, 2021. (PIB)
New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on October 11, 2021, today paid glowing tributes to the former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri while presenting the 22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence.
Eminent pulmonologist and Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Dr. Randeep Guleria received the award at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas (Vice President House).
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President said that “Shastri Ji took accountability for his actions, which is a very rare quality in our public life”.
Recalling that Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned on moral grounds following a train accident due to a technical failure, he said that the former Prime Minister’s action, including his insistence on the acceptance of his resignation, is seen to this day as the gold standard in probity in our public life.
The Vice President described the former Prime Minister as an iconic leader with an extraordinary vision India.
“He was universally known for his austere lifestyle, humility and impeccable integrity,” VP Naidu said.
During his short span as Prime Minister of India, Shastri Ji took some exceptionally bold decisions and promoted self-reliance rather than importing food supplies from other countries. He added a new dimension to his statesmanship with his courageous decisions during the war in 1965.
“It was in this context of the food crisis and armed conflict with Pakistan that Shastri Ji gave the immortal slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’,” said VP Naidu.
He further added that subsequently former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee added ‘Jai Vigyan’ and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi added ‘Jai Anusandhan’ to that slogan.
The Vice President congratulated Dr. Randeep Guleria on being conferred the prestigious award.
“I cannot think of a worthier recipient for this distinguished award instituted in the name of one of the greatest sons of India,” VP Naidu said.
Anil Shastri, Chairman, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management; Dr. Randeeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS; Praveen Gupta, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management; and others were present on the occasion. (Press Release)