Prime Minister Narendra Modi, vice president Venkaiah Naidu and plenty of leaders across India paid their tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, remembered as the ‘iron man of India,’ on Tuesday on his death anniversary. Patel used to be a leader of the Congress party, a lawyer by profession and because the first home minister and deputy prime minister of India, he’s credited in large part with the unification of the princely states in India after independence from the British.
Here’s a look at his life and how India remembers him:
• Born in Nadiad, Gujarat on October 31, 1875, Patel finished his schooling in his local city in the year 1897, following which he determined to pursue a class lesson in Law.
• He achieved remarkable success as a defence lawyer and his interest grew in the field and in 1910, he sailed for Britain to continue his studies as a Barrister.
• Upon completion of his studies in Britain, Patel returned to Indian in 1913 and continued practising law in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, where he got initiated into the then political system in 1917, as the sanitation commissioner.
• Patel used to be a prominent presence in the entire protests and satyagrahas against the British, right through which his organization with Mahatma Gandhi began to grow. In his entire political career, Patel accepted the leadership and ways of Gandhi right through the independence struggle.
• Patel spearheaded many protests right through peak Swarajya or the self-rule movement. He also presided over the 46th session of Congress in 1931.
• Post Independence, Patel used to be handed the home ministry and also became the first deputy PM of India. His efforts in strengthening the Union by integrating a couple of tiny and large princely states earned him the title ‘Iron man of India’ and for which he’s remembered till date.
• He also contributed in large part to restoring peace and order in regions that were ravaged by communal violence and mass migrations right through the India Pakistan partition.
• His birthday on October 31 is celebrated as National Unity day or Ekta Diwas to honour his contributions in unifying India.
• To mark his significance right through the independence struggle and his contributions to independent India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity, a colossal statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, 2018.[ad_2]