Lal Bahadur Shastri was known for his simplicity and honestly. There are many stories which proves that he practiced high level of ethics. Here we are sharing a story from his childhood when he took risk to swim the river as he didn’t have money to ferry a boat.
Courage and self-respect were two virtues, which took deep root in him from his childhood. While in Kashi, he went with his friends to see a fair on the other bank of the Ganga. On the way back he had no money for the boat fare.
His self-respect did not allow him to ask his friends for money. He slipped from their company without their knowledge. His friends forgot him in their talk and boarded the boat. When the boat had moved away, Lal Bahadur jumped into the river; as his friends watched breathlessly he swam to the other bank safely.
Though Lal Bahadur was, a man of small build, he was unusually strong. His moral strength was even greater. As in water so in life he swam quite successfully. Twice he was about to be drowned but was saved. It is said that when he was saved the second time, he had his teacher’s three-year-old baby on his shoulders.
Moral of the Story: In our life we will come across difficult situations but one should face them with honesty and courage.