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Celebrating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s legacy

  • Category
    History
  • Published
    21st Dec, 2021

Context

On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 71st death anniversary today, 15 December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to India's first home minister.

About

About India’s unifier

  • Born in Nadiad, Gujarat on October 31, 1875, Patel finished his schooling in 1897, following which he decided to pursue a course in Law.
  • Popularly called as the ‘Iron Man of India’, Patel was a leader of the Congress party, a lawyer by profession.
  • He was India's first home minister and also the first deputy prime minister, and as the first home minister and deputy prime minister of India.
  • He is credited largely with the unification of the princely states in India after independence from the British.
  • Sardar Patel passed away in 1950 in Mumbai (then Bombay) on December 15.

Association with Gandhi

  • Patel was a prominent presence in all the protests and satyagra has against the British, during which his association with Mahatma Gandhi began to grow.
  • In his entire political career, Patel accepted the leadership and ways of Gandhi during the independence struggle.

National Unity Day

  • His birthday on October 31 is celebrated as National Unity day or Ekta Diwas to honour his contributions in unifying India.

Statue of Unity

  • To mark his significance during the independence struggle and his contributions to independent India, PM Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity, a colossal statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, 2018.
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