In 1965, the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri bought a Fiat car after taking a loan of Rs. 5000 from Punjab National Bank. When his loan was approved early, Shastri ji told the bank, “The common man should have the same privilege”.
He died at Tashkent in 1966 before he could repay the loan. The Bank wrote to his widow Lalita Shastri for repayment of the loan of Rs 5000 which her husband owed. The lady promised to pay back in installments from her family pension. She repaid every Rupee of the Rs 5000.
The Fiat car still stands at his home, reminding of the era of a different breed of men.