New Delhi. Disheartened after watching the nation ignore yet another birthday of his father, Lal bahadur Shastri’s son Sunil Shastri has requested the center government to change the date of birth of his father so that he no longer shares his birthday with the Father of Nation “Mahatma Gandhi”.
“My father’s birthday always gets ignored because he had the misfortune of getting born the same day as the Mahatma. Since there is no way that my father can get any coverage on 2nd October, I have requested the government to choose some other convenient day when he could be remembered appropriately. Only KBC aspirants remember my father’s birthday these days and I want it to change,” Sunil said at a club function in Delhi.
He went on to add, “Right now birthday wishes for my father come like P.S. in a letter. You can check the Facebook status of Indians today, most of them read ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY GANDHI JI… Oh and happy birthday lal bahadur shastri.’ My father isn’t even getting an all caps wish. I have sent my request to Mr. A.K. Antony as by now he knows more about the laws concerning a person’s date of birth than any other Indian.”
When contacted, Mr. Antony said, “I am a defence minister yaar, not a clerk in a registrar office. I have more important things to do so I have forwarded this request to the Prime Minister.”
We couldn’t catch hold of the Prime Minister but senior Congress leader, Mr. Digvijay Singh agreed to talk to us. He said “The request is under consideration. We haven’t decided a date yet but there is a thought of keeping Mr. Shastri’s birthday flexible. We can celebrate it on the day when BJP calls its Bharat Bandh. That way we can give a holiday to everyone and BJP’s bandh plan will also get foiled.”
He was quick to clarify that the “Dry day” won’t be applicable to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s new birthday easing the main concern for millions of Indians.