Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Name: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Position held: 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India
Date of Birth: 31st October 1875
Place of Birth: Nadiad Bombay Presidency (now in Gujarat)
Died: 15th December 1950
Place of Death: Bombay
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Political Party: Indian National Congress
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also known as Sardar Patel was an eminent political leader and a freedom fighter who fought against British for India’s Independence. A lawyer by profession and political activists was a moderate member in Congress. Patel was deeply influenced by the political ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi.
India got Independence Patel played a very crucial role in the integration of
500 princely states in to the Indian union. He became the first home minister
and first Deputy Prime Minister of Independent India. His commitment for the
development of the Independent India earned him the title Iron Man of India.
Vallabhbhai Patel was born on 31st October 1875 at Nadiad district
which is in Gujarat now. His parents were Jhaverbhai father who served in the
army of Queen of Jhansi and Ladbai was his mother. Patel started his schooling
in Gujarati medium school however he was shifted to English medium school.
Patel passed his high school. He later moved to England in the year 1910 to
pursue a degree in Law. In the year 1913 Patel completed his Law degree from
Inns of Court.
Patel spent many years away from the family hence with great concentration and focus he was able to complete the Law degree in just two years. He returned to Gujarat and started to practice Law in Godhra District of Gujarat. With his fierce talk he became famous as an honest and skilled Lawyer.
going to England Patel was married to Jhaverbai. The couple had two children
Maniben daughter and son Dayabhai. In 1906 when Patel was nursing his friend
who was suffering from Bubonic Plague, even he was contracted with plague then
immediately he moved out of Godhra and moved in to an isolated house in Nadiad
were he recovered from plague.
Patel strongly revolted against the British and its laws and turned down all the lucrative jobs offered to him by the British. In the year 1909 Patel’s wife suffered from cancer and was hospitalised in Mumbai to undergo cancer surgery. However she could not survive and died in the hospital.
At the time of her death Patel had two small kids as responsibility. He decided not to get married again and with the help of his other family members he raised his kids into good human beings. He sent both his children to English medium in Mumbai.
In 1911 at the age of 36 Patel went to England and enrolled in middle Temple Inn in London. He just took 30 months to complete his course and returned back to India.
Vallabhbhai Patel shifted his base to Ahmadabad and became one of the
successful Barristers. Patel got deeply influenced by the lectures of Mahatma
Gandhi and soon adopted his principle and became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
He accepted Mahatma Gandhi as their leader. In the year 1917, he was elected as sanitation commissioner of Ahmadabad. On being advised by Mahatma Gandhi, Patel became the secretary of the Gujarat Sabha which was the Gujarat wing of Indian National Congress. Later he addressed a gathering in Borasad and urged people to join the fight against British for Swaraj.
became a full time freedom fighter after quitting his high profile job. In 1918
he led a huge “No tax Campaign” against British. Patel urged farmers not to pay
taxes as ordered by the British after the floods in Kaira. The peaceful walk by
the farmers and other freedom fighters forced the British to give back the
farmers land. This brave act of Patel gave him the title as “Sardar”.
Patel was against the forced labour also known as Begar which British practiced against the Indians. The association with Mahatma Gandhi became closer when both leaders came together during Kheda Satyagraha in 1918. The movement was for the people of Kheda who were unable to pay heavy taxes that were levied on them due to crop failure and plague epidemic.
the year 1925 the farmers of Bardoli Gujarat suffered huge crop loss due to
famine and floods. This led the farmers to suffer huge financial problems.
During this period the Bombay Presidency had raised the taxes by 30%. The
farmers were not in a position to pay such huge tax to the British. The
movement was led by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He asked the farmers to not pay
the taxes and budge to the pressure of British.
government declared it would take all the lands of the farmers and forcibly
seized all the lands. When the government began to auction the land and the
houses not a single person from all over came forward to purchase the land. This
showed the unity of the Indians. The agitation went on for close to six months
and after several rounds of meetings between Patel and British, the government
decided to give back the land and the houses back to farmers and also cancel
the revenue payment. The farmers celebrated the victory.
toured all over India to raise funds and to increase the members in the non
cooperation movement. He burnt all the English made clothes and his entire
family switched to Khadi in support of non cooperation movement. Patel was
elected as the President of Ahmadabad municipal for three years in 1922, 1924
and 1927. During his tenure he developed and improved the infrastructure in Ahmadabad
along with electricity, drainage system and water system. He also improved and
made major reforms in the school system.
protest against the salt tax, Mahatma Gandhi started the Dandi March in the
year 1930. Patel supported the salt Satyagraha movement along with Mahatma
Gandhi. Patel along with other members were arrested for supporting the salt Satyagraha
movement. When Gandhiji was arrested Patel took the initiative and led the
movement across Gujarat. Sardar Patel was released in the year 1931 and a
treaty was signed between Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Irwin which is popularly
known as Gandhi Irwin pact. And in the year 1931 Sardar Patel was made the
President of the Congress party at Karachi.
political situation in the country was in deep crisis and the Congress Party
had its priority as Purna Swaraj. The boycott of Simon commission, the salt
satyagraha movement all were leading into Purna Swaraj. After the failure of Round table conference
both Mahatma Gandhi and Patel were arrested in the year 1932 and were sent to
took fast unto death for protesting the separate electorates allocated for
untouchables. Patel took good care of Gandhiji during this period. Later Patel
was moved to Nasik jail and even was denied for a brief release for the
cremation of his brother Vithalabhai who died in October 1933. He was finally
released in the year 1934.
India movement in1942 was another important movement in which Patel played a
very important role. When the World War II broke Gandhiji was against
supporting the British in the world war. Gandhiji was arrested in the year 1940
and he was imprisoned for nine months. During Quit India movement Patel
travelled extensively all over India by giving speeches to make more people participate
in the movement.
of his strong and explicit speeches he was arrested again in 1942 and was sent
to Ahmednagar fort along with other Congress Leaders. Patel was released only
in the year 1945. During his three years stay in jail Patel used to spend his
time in doing quality work like spinning cloth, read many books, playing bridge,
Doing gardening work and taking long walks.
Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the few congress leaders who accepted the
partition of India was only the solution to stop all communal violence between
Hindus and Muslims. In the year 1946 Sardar
Patel worked with V.P. Menon who was a civil servant and accepted his proposal
of creating a new dominion of Pakistan based on the religions of the state.
Vallabhbhai Patel played a very important role after independence in the
integration of princely states in to the Indian Federation. The India what we
see and enjoy today is because of the efforts of this great leader. After India
got its independence Patel became the Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
At that time India was in a mess with partition on one side and the communal
violence on the other side. Patel was entrusted with a huge responsibility of
integrating the 562 princely states in to the Indian Dominion.
6th of August 1947 Patel started to do the work of integration. The British
government at the time of independence had given two alternatives to the dominions
as either to join India or Pakistan or remain independent. Patel was successful
in integrating all the states except Jammu Kashmir, Junagadh and Hyderabad.
Junagadh was especially important to Patel as it belonged to Gujarat which was
his home state and also it was quiet far from Pakistan and 80% of the
population were Hindus. Patel sent army to Junagadh and took it under his
control. Later Hyderabad was included in Andhra Pradesh.
was a important and key member of the constituent assembly. On his
recommendations B.R Ambedkar was appointed. Patel worked hard to restore the
Somnath Temple in Gujarat and he also worked in establishing Indian Police
Service and Indian Administrative Service. His immediate challenge was to
increase the strength of the army and improve the infrastructure of newly
formed India. The India what we enjoy today is because of the hard of Patel and
other key members.
was able to sort out the problems India faced after Partition and restore law
and order in the country. Both Nehru and Patel had difference of opinion in
many political issues. They both looked to Mahatma Gandhi for sorting the
issue. Raj Mohan Gandhi in his book has written that Nehru focused mainly on
maintaining religious harmony and developing a technological and industrial
base while Patel focused on states to join the Indian Union, modernising the
administrative services and constructing a consensus on the important elements
of the Constitution.
1950 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel health declined drastically and his daughter Maniben took good care of him by limiting her work .he had stated to cough
blood out which was not a good sign. On 2nd November 1950 his health
further deteriorated and was bedridden. He died of massive heart attack on 15th
show to this great leader Rashtriya Ekta Diwas also known as National Unity Day
was introduced by Government of India in 2014.
It is celebrated on 31st of October every year and it is the
birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The statue of Unity which is the tallest statue in the world is a colossal monument dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is located in the state of Gujarat in India facing Narmada Dam. It is at a height of 182 metres and is divided in five zones out of which only three are accessible to public.
From the base to the level of Patel’s shins is the first zone which has three levels and includes an exhibition area, mezzanine and roof. Zone 1 contains a memorial garden and a museum. The second zone reaches to the Patel’s thighs while the third extends to the viewing gallery at 153 metres. Zone four is maintenance area and final zone comprises the head and shoulders of the statue.
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