Essay on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Essay On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, the iron-man of India was born on 31 October 1875 , INA small village in Nadiad. His father Jhaverbhai Patel was a farmer and mother Laad Bai was a simple lady. From his childhood itself, Patel was a hardworking individual. He used to help his father in farming and studied INA school NK High School, Petlad. 
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He passed his high-school examination in 1896. Throughout school, he was a very wise and intelligent student. In spite of poor financial conditions his father decided to send him to college but Vallabhbai refused. Around three years he stayed at home, worked hard and prepared for the District Leader's examination , hence passing with very good percentage. 

He completed his schooling in the local area and subsequently, in his 30s, he went to Britain like many of generation of political leaders, he qualified as a barrister. Patel returned to India around the as Gandhi returned to India from South Africa , on the eve of World War 1, and the two met shortly thereafter. Patel joined Gandhi in representing the weavers in the dispute with mill owners in Ahmedabad in 1918, and he played a pivotal role in helping to redress the grievances of peasants in Kheda District. In 1928, Bardoli Tuluka in Gujarat suffered from flood and famine. In this hour of distress, the British Government raised the revenue taxes by thirty per cent. Sardar Patel took up cudgels on behalf of the farmers and appealed to the Governor to reduce the taxes. The Governor refused and the government even announced the date of the collection of the taxes. Sardar Patel organised the farmers and told them not to pay even a single pie of tax. The government tried to repress the revolt but ultimately bowed before Vallabhbai Patel. It was during the struggle and after the victory in Bardoli that caused intense excitement across India , that Patel was increasingly addressed by his colleagues and followers as Sardar.
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 Another definite struggle was the Disobedience Movement in 1930 following which he was arrested . Later, he was released and elected Congress President in the 1931 session in Karachi. In August 1942, the Indian National Congress launched the Quit India Movement following which Sardar Vallabhbai Patel along with other leaders WS jailed for three years. After achieving independence on 15 August 1947. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of Independent India and Sardar Patel became the Deputy Prime Minister. He was in charge of Home affairs. Information and Broadcasting and the Ministry of States.
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 There were 565 primely states in India at that time. Some of the Maharaja and Nawabs who ruled over these were sensible and patriotic. But most of them were drunk with wealth and power. They were dreaming of becoming independent rules once the British quit India. They argued that the government of free India should treat them as equals. With great wisdom and political foresight, he consolidated the small kingdoms. The public was with him. 

He tackled the likes of Nizam of Hyderabad and the Nawab of Junagarh who initially did not want to join India. There were a lot of problems connected with the reunion of the numerous states into India. Sardar Patel's untiring efforts towards the unity of the country brought success. Due to the achievement of this massive task, Sardar Patel got the of Iron Man. He is one of the prestigious leaders of the world who become immortal by uniting a scattered nation without any bloodshed. 
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However his enthusiasm to work for the independent nation got a big jolt when Gandhiji was assassinated. Patel was very attached to Gandhiji and considered him, his teacher and mentor. He was encouraged by Mahatma Gandhi in all his work. Gandhiji's death left him broken. Sardar Vallabhbai Patel's health declined in 1950. He, himself realised that he was not going to live much longer. On 2 November his health deteriorated further and he was confirmed to bed. After suffering a massive heart attack, on 15 December 1950, the great soul left the world. 
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From his services to the nation sardar vallabhbai patel was conferred with bharat ratna in 1991. But that was not the only accolade that he has recieved after his death. The new bjp goverment, under the leadership of PM Narendra modi announced that 182 metres statue of India's iron man, tripped to be the worlds tallest, would be erected in the middle of the narmada river. The statue will be located at sadhu bet , an island situated 3 kilometers away from the sardar sarovar dam in gujrat. It is also one of the largest projects of the country. Recently, the goverment has also decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbai Patel on October 31 as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas(National Unity Day) every year. The day will be marked by administration of a pledge to all government employees as well as school and collage students, to maintain the unity and integrity of the country. These truly seen to be the befitting tributes to a great man who caught with his blood and soul for keeping this great nation in unity.

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