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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday outlined a new scheme “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” (one India, great India) on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in which two states would form a partnership for a period of one year.

Flagging off the ‘Run for Unity’ at the Rajpath here, Modi took a dig at “nepotism” in politics and said Sardar Patel’s life showed how influential connections were not necessary to gain entry into the political arena.

Modi also administered a national unity pledge to the thousands of people, which included school and college students, paramilitary force personnel, and people residing in and around Delhi, who had gathered at the Rajpath since early morning.

He said the Britishers wanted to divide the country and cause clashes among princely states but Sardar Patel united the country in those circumstances.

“Sardar Patel showed political dexterity. It was difficult to convince princely states but he did it. Chanakya had sought to unite the country. Later, it was Sardar Patel who tried to unite the country,” Modi said.

Outlining the new scheme “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat”, Modi said the government was working on it in consultation with states and had formed a committee to work out its modalities.

He said under the scheme, two states would undertake a unique partnership for one year which would be marked by cultural and student exchanges.

He said people of a state in partnership should travel to other state and students should learn its songs.

Modi said Sardar Patel had given us “Ek Bharat” and it was now up to us to make it “Shresth Bharat”.

The prime minister recalled Sardar Patel’s initiatives as mayor of Ahmedabad during the 1920s, including a campaign for cleanliness and a proposal for 50 percent reservation for women.

Modi also paid tribute to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those present at the event.



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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel : Remembering Iron Man of India on his death anniversary

Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's life was an inspiration. Here are few facts and memories about him on his death anniversary

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Iron Man of India (Wikimedia)
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a vital role in Indian freedom movement and persuaded the princely states to accede to independent India.

  • PM Modi and others paid tributes to Sardar Patel on death anniversary. “We remember the great Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Patel on his Punya Tithi. Every Indian is indebted to Sardar Patel for his monumental service to our nation,” PM tweeted.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, played a major role in Indian freedom movement. The credit of persuading the princely states to accede to Republic of India goes to him. For his contribution towards national integration, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel earned the title of ‘Iron Man of India’. In 2014, the government declared his birthday, October 31, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day).

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Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel with Mahatama Gandhi (Wikimedia

Facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875, in Gujarat. He studied law in London, he aced the Barrister -at- Law examination there. Sardar Patel practiced law in India and then became one of the most successful lawyers in the country.
  • Sardar Patel was married to Jhaverba and had a daughter Maniben and son Dahyabhai. His wife died of cancer when their children were just 5 and 3 years old. Sardar Patel with his family’s support raised the children.
  • Sardar Patel was offered a job for the British government on multiple occasions, but turned them all down.
  • During Congress elections in 1946, thirteen out of sixteen states chose Sardar Patel as their president, who was the more popular candidate and would have eventually become the first Prime Minister of independent India. But upon Gandhi’s request, he stepped down as a candidate and endorsed Jawaharlal Nehru instead.
  • Sardar Patel worked extensively against alcohol consumption, untouchability, caste discrimination and for women emancipation in Gujarat and outside.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1991.

Sardar Patel Statue of Unity

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Proposed Sardar Patel statue (Statue of unity)

Sardar Patel Statue of Unity is tribute to great man of India, it will also boost tourism. The Statue of Unity is an iconic 182 meter tall landmark statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Post completion in 2018, the Statue of Unity will be the world’s tallest statue. A monument of this stature is supposed to act as a catalyst to accelerate growth of the Narmada District, benefitting the resident population at large. The vision behind Sardar Patel Statue of Unity is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come.

In today’s world we can seek inspiration from Iron Man of India whose ideology was “India first”, Sardar Patel undoubtedly will be the source of inspiration for ages to come.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik