The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary today. Lauding efforts of Sardar Patel to unite the Nation, Modi said, “On his Punya Tithi, I pay my respects to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. India will forever be indebted to Sardar Patel for his tireless efforts to unite the Nation.”
Vallabhbhai Patel (1875 – 1950) was a prominent freedom fighter, a leader of Indian National Congress leader and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. After Independence, Patel as home minister was the architect of creating a united India for which he earned the title of Iron Man of India.
Born and brought up in rural Gujarat, Vallabhbhai Patel perused his higher education in law and successful practice as a lawyer for some time. Later, he joined freedom struggle and organized peasants in Gujarat to join Gandhi’s non-violent civil disobedience against oppressive policies of the British Raj. He rose to the leadership of the Indian National Congress and geared the party for elections in 1934 and 1937. He actively participated in the Quit India movement.
As the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India, he accomplished the task of integrating more than five hundred princely states to form the Indian republic. He took the police action against the reluctant princely states. He is credited for establishing all-India administrative services for effective governance of the country.
It has been decided by the BJP government that each year a ‘Run for Unity’ and pledge taking will mark India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary on Oct 31, and the day be observed as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’.