The Iron Man of India!

Do you know who is the iron man of India?

It is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

A few Golden traits of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • A Leader: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has set the example of unity by integrating 500 princely states into an independent Indian Union. And this is the reason, Patel’s Birthday is celebrated as “Rashtriya Ekta Divas”- The National Unity Day.
  • Vallabhbhai Patel initiated a movement inspired by Mahatma’s ideology through which he motivated farmers to be the part of this non-violent protest against taxes. As an outcome of the protest, that year the British Government gave them a tax holiday. Hence, Gandhi ji, awarded the title of “Sardar” to Vallabhbhai Patel
  • A Man of his word: 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.
  • Epitome of Sincerity: Sardar Patel was in the court, cross examining a witness when he got the news of his wife’s death. Patel, read the noted, pocketed it and continued the case and won it. This shows his sheer dedication and commitment towards his duties. He was only 33 years old, but he loved her deeply and so, never remarried.
  • A Man of principle: He was offered a job on multiple occasions by British government after his return from England and practice in Ahmadabad. Patel turned down all the offers.
  • A True Friend: Despite the doctor’s instructions, he cared for his friend suffering from Plague. This Bubonic Plague effected Patel too but he survived. The Bubonic Plague swept 12 million lives across India and China.
  • A Man of Determination: Patel wanted to become a lawyer and spent years studying on his own with books borrowed from other lawyers. He cleared his examination within two years. Later, he became one of the most successful barristers of the country.
  • Patron saint for civil servants: As he always thought that being the country of extensive diversity, multiple culture and traditions, numerous languages, India requires a strong bureaucratic service. He played an effective role in the initiation of Indian Administrative Services (IAS).

Our brave freedom fighter, The Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel died on December 15, 1950 in Mumbai.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1991.

“Every Indian should now forget that he is a Rajput, a Sikh or a Jat. He must remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in his country but with certain duties,” Patel had famously said.

Post a Comment