Life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
[31 October 1875 to 15 December 1950]
Today, I am going to talk about one of the leaders who played it all in the battle of independence of India which is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Now, I would like to start this topic.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a revered name in Indian politics. A lawyer and a political activist, he played a leading role during the Indian Independence Movement. After independence, he was crucial in the integration of over 500 princely states into the Indian Union. He was deeply influence by Gandhi’s ideology and principle, having worked very closely with leader. Despite being the choice of the people, on the request of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel stepped down from the candidacy of congress President, which ultimately turned out to independent India. He was the first Home Minister of Independent India and his uncompromising efforts towards consolidation of the title ‘Iron Man of India’.
Childhood & Early Life
Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875 in Nadiad village of modern day Gujarat to Zaverbhai and Ladbai. Vallabhbhai, his father had served in the army of the Queen of Jhansi while his mother was a very spiritual woman.
Starting his academic career in a Gujarati medium school, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel later shifted to an English medium school. In 1897, Vallabhbhai passed his high school and started preparing for law examination. He went to pursue a degree in law and travelled to England in 1910. He completed his law degree in 1913 from Inns of Court and came back to India to start his law practice in Godhra, Gujarat. For his legal proficiency, Vallabhbhai was offered many lucrative posts by the British government and its laws and therefore decided not to work for the British. In 1891 he married Zaverbai and the couple had two children.
Patel shifted his practice to Ahmedabad. He became a member of Gujarat Club where he attend a lecture by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi’s words deeply affected Vallabhbhai and soon adopted Gandhian principle to become a staunch followers of the charismatic leader.
Patel’s health declined rapidly through the summer of 1950. He later began coughing blood, whereupon Maniben began limiting her meetings and working hours and arranged for a personalised medical staff to begin attending to Patel. The Chief Minister of West Bengal and Doctor Bidhan Roy heard Patel make jokes about his impending end, and in a private meeting Patel frankly admitted to his ministerial colleague N. V. Gadgil that he was not going to live much longer. Patel’s health worsened after 2 November, when he began losing consciousness frequently and was confined to his bed. He was flown to Bombay (now Mumbai) on 12 December on advice from Dr Roy, to recuperate as his condition was deemed critical. Nehru, Rajagopalchari, Rajendra Prasad, and Menon all came to see him off at the airport in Delhi. Patel was extremely weak and had to be carried onto the aircraft in a chair. In Bombay, large crowds gathered at Santacruz Airport to greet him. To spare him from this stress, the aircraft landed at Juhu Aerodrome, where Chief Minister B. G. Kher and Morarji Desai were present to receive him with a car belonging to the Governor of Bombay that took Vallabhbhai to Birla House.
After suffering a massive heart attack (his second), Patel died at 9:37 a.m. on 15 December 1950 at Birla House in Bombay. In an unprecedented and unrepeated gesture, on the day after his death more than 1,500 officers of India’s civil and police services congregated to mourn at Patel’s residence in Delhi and pledged “complete loyalty and unremitting zeal” in India’s service. Numerous governments and world leaders sent messages of condolence upon Patel’s death, including Trygve Lie, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, President Sukarno of Indonesia, Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan of Pakistan and Prime Minister Clement Attlee of the United Kingdom.
In homage to Patel, the Indian government declared a week of national mourning. Patel’s cremation was planned at Girgaum Chowpatty, but this was changed to Sonapur (now Marine Lines) when his daughter conveyed that it was his wish to be cremated like a common man in the same place as his wife and brother were earlier cremated. His cremation in Sonapur in Bombay was attended by a crowd of one million including Prime Minister Nehru, Rajagopalachari, and President Rajendra Prasad.
let’s know about proud moment for all Indian especially for Gujarat, The world’s tallest statue’ know as
“The statue of Unity”
The Gujarat government is giving final touches to the ‘the world’s tallest statue; known as “The Statue of Unity”. It is built as a memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The gargantuan statue will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, Sardar Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary. “The Statue of Unity” is 182-feet high and is built on the river island called sadhu bet near Vadodara. Hindustan times, owned by HT Media Ltd, is one of India’s largest publications that provides unbiased news, analysis and features on politics, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and more. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the wed, and at your doorstep.