It’s currently 2:30 pm and I am sitting on my bed, sipping some hot water and writing this article. For those who don’t know, I am currently here in Mumbai and the next week is my last week here in India. Anyways, so yesterday, I watched another great movie which I would like to share it with you guys.
The Tashkent Files, a movie that is inspired by true events revolves around the mysterious death of our country’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was born on 2nd October in the year 1904, was a leader in National Congress Party. He was a true follower of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He was deeply influenced by Gandhi’s ideology. He was also against the caste system and had dropped his surname ‘Srivastava’. He got the title of Shastri which means a scholar, when he completed his graduation from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. In 1965 under his leadership, Indo-Pak war took place and Shastriji had made it extremely evident that India won’t sit and watch and will fight back against the Pakistani invasion. During that time, his slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” became very popular and even today it resounds all through the nation. After the revelation of truce with Pakistan in 1965 , with the intervention of external powers, a peace agreement “The Tashkent Declaration” was signed on 10th January 1966 between India and Pakistan in Tashkent city of Uzbekistan. On 11th January 1966, the following day after signing the peace agreement, Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent. It was said that the cause of his death was a heart attack, but once his body arrived in India, there were many arguments among his relatives, his supporters, his family members stating that he could have been poisoned and it could be a conspiracy planned as his face had turned black, it had swollen and there were many cut marks too. Many stories were shown in the movie and I don’t know how much truth could be there. Till date, it hasn’t been proven that his death was natural or a planned murder.
The movie revolves around the young reporter Ragini, who gets a tip from an anonymous caller on 53 years old case- Lal Bahadur Shastri’s mysterious death. With all the files, stories, proofs in her hand, she publishes a story on it in the newspaper and later a committee was formed to investigate about the cause of death of Lal Bahadur Shastri. As the time passes, discussions continue between the committee members, where even Ragini was a part of the committee, she slowly gets closer to the truth through her research. The movie makes some shocking revelation about Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death, and how much truth lies in it I don’t know. But all I know that Lal Bahadur Shastri was a great Prime Minister of our country and if he was murdered, we should resolve this political mystery and pay him the long due real tribute. Watching such movies makes me realise, that if we do anything good for this country or for any other reasons that matter, the truth always dies and people who fight for the truth has to pay with their life. I have really never liked politics so much, there are many cases, where I do wonder that the judgement in some cases is very simple, but due to some dirty politics, justice never takes place.
Anyways, I do recommend you guys to watch this movie and decide by yourself, what you think is the real cause of his death. I am surely going to buy a novel ” Your Prime Minister is dead” by the Indian author Anuj Dhar and also look forward to buy ” The KGB and the World” , the Mitrokhin Archive II by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin( you will come to know about this book in the movie). Let me know, whether you have watched the movie, what you guys think about it in the comments section below.