Today is the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and it is observed as National Unity Day. So tell us something unique about Iron Man Vallabhbhai Patel.
Today marks the 146th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the iron man who drew the country back together after independence. Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is observed as National Unity Day. National Unity Day was first observed in 2014, during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government.
Vallabhbhai Patel Interesting Facts
Sardar Patel was also the country’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister following independence. On the occasion of National Unity Day 2021, please share some interesting facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s life.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born in Nadiad, Gujarat, on October 31, 1875. He went to London to study as a barrister and then returned to Ahmedabad to practice law. During this period, when the freedom struggle was gaining traction, Patel was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas and became involved in India’s freedom movement.
Sardar Patel made his first and most significant contribution to the freedom movement during the Kheda struggle in 1918. In 1928, he successfully led the peasant movement in the Bardoli Satyagraha.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.
His contribution to the creation of a united India by integrating the princely states after independence cannot be overlooked. He united 562 small and large princely states into the Indian Union to form the nation of India.
Sardar Patel was given the title “Iron Man” by Mahatma Gandhi.
The 182 m (597 ft) tall iron statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Statue of Unity) was built in Gujarat in front of the Narmada Sardar Sarovar Dam. This is the world’s tallest statue. On October 31, 2018, it was dedicated to the nation. The Statue of Liberty in America stands only 93 meters tall.
Sardar Patel envisioned the Indian Administrative Services playing an important role in keeping the country united. He placed a high value on bolstering the Indian Administrative Services. He referred to the civil services as a steel frame.
Following the success of the Bardoli Satyagraha movement, the women of Bardoli bestowed the title of “Sardar” on Vallabhbhai Patel.
The foundation of any country is its unity and integrity, and Sardar Patel was the architect of the country’s unity. As a result, his birthday is observed as National Unity Day.
Sardar Patel died in Mumbai on December 15, 1950. In 1991, Sardar Patel was posthumously awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna.’