Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is more well-known using his moniker ‘The Iron Man of India’ was born on 31st October, 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat to a farmer family.

Tale of his immense courage are common folklore in the area he grew up. Fiercely resilient he once branded himself with a hot iron to cure a boil when the quack hesitated on account of his young age.

His humble upbringing notwithstanding, his fortitude and determination led Patel to study law from England and he returned to India in 1915. He had a successful law practice and very quickly scaled the ladder to be one of the leading barristers in the nation.

His heart however rankled under the British servitude and his ideological clashes with the British government continue to simmer. His close association with Gandhi made him throw away his practice and dive headlong into the more pressing issues of his motherland. In 1931, he was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress and was a friends, confidant and trusted aide of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Though he was more actively involved in the politics of Gujarat, he realized very early on that if India were to become a formidable power, unity is of sheer essence.

Post-Independence, the untimely assassination of Gandhi left him rudderless but his steely resolve was nowhere more apparent than when as the Home Minister, he took stern action to consolidate the Indian Union which then comprised of around 550 princely States, many of which were either reluctant or hostile to merge with the Indian Union. Patel and V.P Menon’s efforts, determined approach and frank communication coupled with excellent negotiation skills managed to unify India and when the need arose, Patel did not hesitate to  authorize the Police/ Military to compel Hyderabad to merge with the rest of the country into one united whole. Not only did he manage the smooth accession of all these States but also oversaw the transformation of administration in a phased manner which earned him the tag of ‘Unifier of India’

Though personally a devout Hindu, he believed in the essential secular fabric of the nation which was an intrinsic part of its existence and contributed substantially to the implementation of the Constitution, in word and in spirit. The resolute leadership skills displayed by him in the early years of Indian Independence has gone a long way to make the nation strong and formidable.

He is the one who is responsible for establishing unified nationwide systems across the length and breadth of the nation, the fruits of which are reaped by the passing generations, till date. He was frequently referred to as the “patron saint’ of our civil services for this very reason.As the defence Minister of the Nation, post-Independence, he steered the country through one of its most violent and turbulent phases, the Partition. He helped organise relief camps, refugee shelters and set about restoring peace and stability in the traumatized nation.

Such was the legacy of the man that on his 142nd birthday, Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi extended him a beaming eulogy saying“We salute Sardar Patel on his Jayanti. His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten.” Not surprising then, that his birthday on 31st October is celebrated as the National Unity Day / Rashtriya Ekta Diwas as a befitting tribute to the legacy of this iconic persona.

Essay Writing

From Essay on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to HOME PAGE

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Amphibolic Pathway | Definition | Examples | Pentose Phosphate Pathway

    Jun 06, 24 10:40 AM

    Amphibolic Pathway
    Definition of amphibolic pathway- Amphibolic pathway is a biochemical pathway where anabolism and catabolism are both combined together. Examples of amphibolic pathway- there are different biochemical…

    Read More

  2. Respiratory Balance Sheet | TCA Cycle | ATP Consumption Process

    Feb 18, 24 01:56 PM

    ATP Synthase in Mitochondria
    The major component that produced during the photosynthesis is Glucose which is further metabolised by the different metabolic pathways like glycolysis, Krebs cycle, TCA cycle and produces energy whic…

    Read More

  3. Electron Transport System and Oxidative Phosphorylation | ETC |Diagram

    Feb 04, 24 01:57 PM

    Electron Transport Chains
    It is also called ETC. Electron transfer means the process where one electron relocates from one atom to the other atom. Definition of electron transport chain - The biological process where a chains…

    Read More

  4. Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle | Krebs Cycle | Steps | End Products |Diagram

    Jan 28, 24 12:39 PM

    Aerobic Respiration
    This is a type of process which execute in a cyclical form and final common pathway for oxidation of Carbohydrates fat protein through which acetyl coenzyme a or acetyl CoA is completely oxidised to c…

    Read More

  5. Aerobic Respiration | Definition of Aerobic Respiration | Glycolysis

    Dec 15, 23 08:42 AM

    Aerobic Respiration
    This is a type of respiration where molecular free oxygen is used as the final acceptor and it is observed in cell. Site of Aerobic Respiration - Aerobic respiration is observed in most of the eukaryo…

    Read More