Was Shastri’s death natural or murder? Questions posed in the movie The Tashkent Files demand answers

The mystery behind the death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri has not been solved to date. Among those who doubted Shastri’s death was his wife Lalita Shastri. His family and his son have publicly demanded on several occasions that the death documents be declassified. Interestingly, after the death of Subhash Chandra Bose, the government made the newspapers public, but in Shastri’s case it has avoided doing so. In 2010, an RTI inquiry was also made on the non-disclosure of papers, to which the government said that doing so can spoil friendly relations with any country. This attitude of the government to the death of the former prime minister has always strengthened people’s suspicions. And naturally, on the anniversary of the birth and the anniversary of the death of Shastri ji, the questions become fresh every year. After all, why does the government want to hide things related to his death?

Not knowing how much has been written about the death of the former prime minister. Many reports, books, and questions and answers have been published through RTI. A film called The Tashkent Files also arrived in 2019. Also in this, direct questions were raised about the politics of the time and those who controlled it, calling the death suspicious. The film was written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri. Vivek is counted as a pro-BJP filmmaker. The Tashkent Files stars Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Tripathi, Pallavi Joshi, Shweta Basu Prasad and Mandira Bedi have all performed well.

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A scene from The Tashkent Archives.

The political leanings of The Tashkent Files aside, there is no question that Vivek’s film is an exciting animator and manages to pinpoint Shastri’s death as a major international conspiracy. Vivek Agnihotri wrote an interesting story based on many reports, books, RTIs, and statements from people. The movie is worth watching on the G5 OTT platform once. Now, under the guise of The Tashkent Files, the questions posed by Shastri’s wife, son, daughter-in-law and relatives.

Why wasn’t a single investigative committee formed on Shastri’s death?

After the Indo-Pak war in 1965, an agreement was signed in Tashkent, Russia. On January 10, 1966, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Pakistani President Ayub Khan signed the War Treaty. He died suddenly in the early hours of January 11, about 12 hours after the incident. Officially it was said that the cause of his death was a heart attack. Questions immediately arose. The opposition also made a lot of noise. So far many governments have been formed, but no government has considered the need for an investigation. But why?

Why did Shastriji’s face turn blue?

After death, when Lal Bahadur Shastri was brought into the country, his whole face was blue, he also had white spots on his face. Many claims have come to light in which members of Shastri’s family also said that there was an attempt to hide it by smearing sandalwood on his face. What was this after all? Did Shastri ji die giving some kind of poison? Because turning blue is not a common symptom of a heart attack.

Where did the red newspaper and the thermos go?

Shastriji always carried a red journal with him. She disappeared after death. He didn’t even get the thermos Shastriji always had with him. In The Tashkent Files, it has been prominently raised who gave Shastri ji milk in a thermos that day.

Why was an autopsy not deemed necessary?

Whatever the reasons for Shastri’s death, but his sudden death at that time is enough to confirm many doubts. Despite the suspicious death of the country’s Prime Minister, why did the government not consider it necessary to carry out an autopsy on his body? Two separate medical reports about Shastri’s death have also been challenged in the film.

Why didn’t Shastriji give any signal in case of emergency?

His staff was with Shastri ji. Foolproof security too. If Shastri ji had a heart attack, how could the staff not know? Shastri ji had already suffered a heart attack. What did the prime minister’s security team prepare for such an emergency? Senior journalist Kuldip Nayyar also wrote in his book ‘Beyond the Line’: I was sleeping that night. Suddenly, a Russian woman knocked on the door. He said his prime minister is dying. I immediately reached his room. I saw Russian Prime Minister Alexei Kosgen standing on the porch. He said Shastri passed away.

Why had Shastri ji’s cooking changed?

The prime minister also had his own cook during his visit to Russia, but that night for Shastri ji, John Mohammed, the personal cook of the then Indian ambassador to Moscow, TN Kaul, cooked food. What was the reason for this change?

Vivek Agnihotri’s film The Tashkent Files does not give any conclusions related to Shastri’s death, but reaches the point that there was a deep conspiracy behind his death and it involved the powerful political section of the country, as well as international powers. What is the truth related to Shastri’s death, people still don’t want to know today.

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