Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel-Iron Man of India!
Vallabhbhai Patel, full name Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, byname Sardar Patel (Hindi: “Chief Patel”), Indian barrister and statesman (born October 31, 1875, Nadiad, Gujarat, India—died December 15, 1950, Bombay [now Mumbai]), one of the members of the Indian National Congress during the fight for independence. He served as deputy prime minister, minister of home affairs, minister of information, and minister of states during India’s first three years of independence after 1947.
Patel was born into a landowning Leva Patidar family who were self-sufficient. He was raised in a traditional Hindu household and attended primary and secondary schools in Karamasad and Petlad, but he was mostly self-taught. Patel married when he was 16, matriculated when he was 22, and passed the district pleader’s examination when he was 22, He was able to practice law as a result of this. In Godhra, he established an independent district pleader’s office in 1900, and two years later, he moved to Borsad.
In February 1913, he returned to India and settled in Ahmadabad, where he soon rose through the ranks of the Ahmadabad bar to become the top criminal law barrister. He was known for his superior mannerisms, stylish, English-style attire, and his championship in the bridge at the trendy Gujarat Club in Ahmadabad. Until 1917, he remained unconcerned about Indian political practices.
After being inspired by Mohandas K. Gandhi in 1917, Patel’s life changed drastically. Patel supported Gandhi’s satyagraha (nonviolent resistance) insofar as it helped India’s war against the British. However, he did not share Gandhi’s spiritual convictions and principles. Gandhi’s focus on uniform implementation, he claimed, was unrelated to India’s immediate political, fiscal, and social problems. Despite this, Patel changed his style and appearance after choosing to adopt and support Gandhi. He left the Gujarat Club, dressed in an Indian peasant’s white cloth, and ate in an Indian manner.
Patel successfully led the landowners of Bardoli in their battle against higher taxes in 1928. His successful leadership of the Bardoli movement gained him the title of Sardar (“chief”), and he became known in India as a nationalist leader. He was considered realistic, decisive, and even merciless, and the British regarded him as a dangerous enemy.
Facts you didn’t know about – Iron Man of India-Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
He served as India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.
Initially, he was uninterested in politics. He was encouraged to leave his work to enter the Freedom movement after meeting Gandhi in 1917.
Swaraj, or self-rule, was promoted by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who united peasants in Gujarat in passive civil disobedience against the British.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel fought relentlessly for minorities’ and women’s rights, as well as against untouchability and caste oppression.
Jhaverba, his wife, died when he was just 33 years old, but he loved her so much that he never remarried.
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