Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as the Iron Man of India, was one of the most important figures in India’s struggle for independence.
What he accomplished in that struggle is worthy of admiration and reverence even today.
He was a self-made leader and powerful orator who inspired others to join the freedom struggle and worked tirelessly to achieve his goals.
Patel was born in Gujarat to a middle class family, on October 31, 1875. His early local education was supplemented by a barrister degree from the barrister school in London, where he specialized in Civil Law.
He had a lifelong admiration for independence and a strong conviction in equality for all.
Throughout his career, Patel was a passionate advocate of self-rule and political autonomy for India.
He was a member of numerous revolutionary organizations such as the Indian National Congress, the Swaraj Party, and the Indian Home Rule League.
He took part in many freedom movements such as the Satyagraha and the Non-Cooperation Movement.
Besides his political contributions, Patel’s contributions to civil engineering were considerable.
He was also involved in planned city building in many places in India.
From the Bhakra Nangal Dam to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, he was deeply involved in the economic development of India.
Patel was greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and strived to work for the independence of India.
He believed firmly in the power of non-violence and his Green Revolution was a major success.
After India’s independence, Patel served as the Deputy Prime Minister and his political acumen and administrative efficiency was widely respected.
He played a crucial role in consolidating the princely states into one Indian Union.
His efforts were largely credited for the successful integration of India. Patel passed away in December 1950, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and integrity.
He is remembered as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – the iron man of India.