Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Biography, Facts, Life, and Contributions to Modern India

Let us read in brief about the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel biography in English. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and first Home Minister. He was also one of the biggest leaders for congress of all time and also one of the most prominent leaders in the Indian freedom struggle.

He has made a huge amount of contribution for our nation and one which is still in trend is his contribution in integrating 565 princely states which people and our youth still inspire.

In this Blog of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, we will cover some topics like his visions,life, struggle and important contribution for his country.

Sardar Patel’s early life

He was born in a very low class village in  Nadiad, Gujarat, on October 31, 1875 (His birth anniversary is now observed as National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas). His early life was very struggling as he blongs to a very low class middle family, he was from a farmers family.

Lots of his neighbours call him and say that he will not be able to pursue even a small degree and will always be here and will be working with his father in his farms. However, Vallabhbhai Patel proved them wrong as he passed one of the biggest law exams and gained a lot of knowledge.

Sardar Patel’s early willingness to sacrifice for others

He has always dreamed of studying in England and by using his savings, he managed to book a ticket for himself as at that time tickets were not as much costly as they are now.

However after some time he get to know that the ticket was addressed to ‘V.J. Patel’, who was hi elder brother Vithalbhai and also came to know very late that his brother also always have dreamed of going to England for studies and in keeping with family’s honour (disreputable for an older brother to follow his younger brother), Vallabhbhai Patel allowed Vithalbhai Patel to go, in his place.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s role in the Indian Freedom Movement

At the very starting part of his career, he was not even a politician and was nor in the principles of Mahatma Gandhi.

However, the meeting with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Godhra (1917) fundamentally changed Patel’s life.

After meeting Mahatma Gandhi, he decided to join Congress party and also became the secretary of Gujarat sabha and more in future. After some time when things were going in a right way, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel joined Gandhi’s Non Cooperation Movement in 1920 and travelled around west India with almost 3lakhs members and also collected more than Rs 1.5 Million for the party’s fund.

But during  Quit India Movement (1942), the British arrested Sardar Vallabbhai Patel and he was in prison with all the working community of Congress from 1942 to 1945 at the fort in Ahmednagar.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – As Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister

After Independence, he became India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and after the first anniversary he was also appointed as the first home minister of India. Slowly and gradually he has been in charge of the broadcasting ministry and state department.

As he was the first first Deputy prime minister and home minister, he wanted to try something new so Patel organized relief efforts for refugees fleeing from Punjab and Delhi and worked to restore peace.

However he was only able to give 3years service as a deputy prime minister and home minister as the Iron Man of India died on 15 December 1950 (aged 75), after suffering a massive heart attack.

Was Patel against the partition of British India – into India and Pakistan?

Sardar Vallabbhai Patel always wants and like people to live together. That was the foremost reason that he was against the partition of British India into INDIA and PAKISTAN. However, he accepted the division of India by December 1946. Many including VP Menon and Abdul Kalam Azad felt that Patel was sensitive to the idea of Partition as he was the only one who disagreed with this thing. 

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has given a reply in which he said that why Partition was needed said that ‘whether we liked it or not, there were two nations in India’. 

Statue of Unity, a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?

Few years back, a statue named by Sardar Vallabbhai patel was made at the total amount of Rs. 2,989 crore, the statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over the Narmada River.

The height of the statue is 182 metre which make it one of the tallest statue in the world.  it is 177 feet higher than China’s Spring Temple Buddha, currently the world’s tallest statue.

He have one of the best quotes of all time that people still follow and the quotes are:

“My culture is agriculture.”

“We worked hard to achieve our freedom; we shall have to strive harder to justify it”.

“Work is worship but laughter is life. Anyone who takes life too seriously must prepare himself for a miserable existence. Anyone who greets joys and sorrows with equal facility can really get the best of life.”

Conclusion

Patel was very down to earth person as well as a selfless leader who’s played a major role in country’s interest above everything else and always have a single minded scenario in his mind. If we say that India is one of the largest economies in the world then Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has a very big hand in this as he has build the modern India and motivates other people to be there at each phase with everyone so everyone can live united and if something happens in a wrong way, so each single person should be there in his/her struggle or need. 

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