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Today is 31st Oct, this day is having a ton of noteworthiness in Indian history as we are praising the birth commemoration – Indian Iron-man, the incomparable Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
He was the man who united the 560+ states and territories to form the United Republic of India. The First Deputy Prime Minister of India “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel” is highly reputed in India and in the world too, for his great work done to shape the NEW INDIA’s future.
Bharat Ratan Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a well-known figure of Indian politics, a freedom-fighter who had played the various roles for India’s revival.
- A successful and well-established lawyer by profession
- Social worker
- A Great Leader
- Established in India.
Conceived in Gujarat he later joined Indian National Congress so as to serve individuals of this country. Overall he lighted the Freedom battle by becoming one of the most powerful pioneers in Gujarat, For instance by constantly working in coordination with Gandhi he invigorated fire of freedom.
His contribution to India was mammoth and unmatchable. His vision for “Akhand Bharat” (United India) was phenomenal, approximately 565 self-governing princely states had been released from British suzerainty by the Indian Independence Act of 1947.
Sardar Patel JI remembered as the “patron saint of India’s civil servants” for having established the modern all-India services system. In other words, he is known as the “unifier of modern India “.
Many of the historians have faith in that one of the key achievements of Sardar Patel was the building of solidity and trust amongst the different castes and communities, which had been divided along socio-economic lines. Here is a glimpse of his leadership.
Just before the independence of India, Patel addressed the All India Congress Committee and called to vote on the proposal, Patel said:
“I fully appreciate the fears of our brothers from [the Muslim-majority areas. Nobody likes the division of India and my heart is heavy. But the choice is between one division and many divisions. We must face facts. We cannot give way to emotionalism and sentimentality. The Working Committee has not acted out of fear. But I am afraid of one thing, that all our toil and hard work of these many years might go waste or prove unfruitful. My nine months in office have completely disillusioned me regarding the supposed merits of the Cabinet Mission Plan. Except for a few honorable exceptions, Muslim officials from the top down to the chaprasis (peons or servants) are working for the League. The communal veto given to the League in the Mission Plan would have blocked India’s progress at every stage. Whether we like it or not, de facto Pakistan already exists in the Punjab and Bengal. Under the circumstances, I would prefer a de jure Pakistan, which may make the League more responsible. Freedom is coming. We have 75 to 80 percent of India, which we can make strong with our own genius. The League can develop the rest of the country.”
During the partition process, Patel addressed a massive crowd of approximately 200,000 refugees who had surrounded his car after the meetings:
“Here, in this same city, the blood of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims mingled in the bloodbath of Jallianwala Bagh. I am grieved to think that things have come to such a pass that no Muslim can go about in Amritsar and no Hindu or Sikh can even think of living in Lahore. The butchery of innocent and defenseless men, women and children do not behave brave men … I am quite certain that India’s interest lies in getting all her men and women across the border and sending out all Muslims from East Punjab
. I have come to you with a specific appeal. Pledge the safety of Muslim refugees crossing the city. Any obstacles or hindrances will only worsen the plight of our refugees who are already performing prodigious feats of endurance. If we have to fight, we must fight clean. Such a fight must await an appropriate time and conditions and you must be watchful in choosing your ground.
To fight against the refugees is no fight at all. No laws of humanity or war among honorable men permit the murder of people who have sought shelter and protection. Let there be a truce for three months in which both sides can exchange their refugees. This sort of truce is permitted even by laws of war. Let us take the initiative in breaking this vicious circle of attacks and counter-attacks. Hold your hands for a week and see what happens. Make way for the refugees with your own force of volunteers and let them deliver the refugees safely at our frontier.”
Fulfillment of his dream
Today’s independent India seems very live, it is because millions of Indians sacrificed their lives for freedom. A big salute to all of them who contributed a lot for the freedom of India. Unit India exists because it was Patel ji to stitch different Riyaasatain to make one country.
To honor the greatness of Indian Son, The Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, is dedicated to him on 31 October 2018 which is approximately 182 meters (597 ft) in height.
It is an irony that Patel ji never involved in the negotiation with Kashmir, which is still fighting for survival. Kashmir rest 560+ merged in India without a single issue.
Read/view more about Sardar Patel:
- Statue of Unity Inauguration by honorable PM Narendra Modi.
- Life and Time of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
- Vallabhbhai Patel
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