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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

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Calls Statue Of Unity “Priceless Investment”

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Calls Time Spent on Statue Of Unity "Priceless Investment".

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called the Statue of Unity “a befitting memorial to Sardar Patel”, adding that given its significance, the amount spent on erecting the statue was a “priceless investment”.

Speaking after visiting the 182-metre statue (now the tallest statue globally) in Gujarat, Naidu said his “heart was filled with emotions and pride” and the visit gave him a feeling of completeness and a sense of unity of mind and soul.

“The splendid statue represents the vision and resolve of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel towards achieving political integration of a ‘unified India’. The historic statue stands as a reminder of the struggles the Sardar had undergone in unifying India,” an official statement quoted Naidu as saying.

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Proposed Sardar Patel statue (Statue of unity)

Saying that Patel’s vision, courage and determination led to the integration of 565 princely states and paved the way for building a modern India, he lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking up the initiative to build it.

The Vice President said he had always felt that due recognition was not given to Sardar Patel in the past.

As per Naidu, the statue, inaugurated in October 2018, would create greater awareness among the people about Sardar Patel’s monumental contribution to nation building.

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Naidu encouraged the youth to visit the statue.

Talking about the humble beginnings of Patel who hailed from a farmer’s family, he said it was “a matter of pride for all of us that a farmer was the architect of unified modern India”, the statement added. (IANS)