Statue of Unity:The Iron Man of India

sardar Patel

Who was Vallabhbhai Patel?

Vallabhbhai Patel (October 31, 1875 – December 15, 1950) was a political and social leader of India who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation. He was called the “Iron Man of India”, and was often addressed as “Sardar” which means “Chief” or “Leader” in many languages of India.

Vallabhbhai Patel already had a successful practice as a lawyer when he was first inspired by the work and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

Why  Vallabhbhai Patel called Sardar?

During Bardoli satyagrah which was a peasant movement, the women of Bardoli gave him the title of Sardar for leading the movement.

 

What were Movement  led by Vallabhbhai Patel?

Patel subsequently organised the peasant movement of Kheda, Borsad, and Bardoli in Gujarat in a non-violent civil disobedience movement against oppressive policies imposed by the British Raj. in this role, he became one of the most influential leaders in Gujarat. He rose to the leadership of the Indian National Congress and was at the forefront of rebellions and political events, organizing the party for elections in 1934 and 1937, and promoting the Quit India movement.

Vallabhbhai Patel is Bismark and Cavour of India

Vallabhbhai Patel is called Iron man of India for uniting India .He successfully integrated 563 princely state in India.He was  a great diplomat like Bismark and Cavour. He followed middle path and added 560 princely states,while three princely states JUNAGARH, HYDERABAD and KASHMIR created little problem. Junagarh was added through referendum ,Hyderabad through military action and Kashmir through using proving special status through artical 370 of Indian constitution.

Vallabhbhai Patel as the  first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India

As the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India, Patel organised relief for refugees in Punjab and Delhi, and led efforts to restore peace across the nation. Patel took charge of the task to forge a united India from the 565 semi-autonomous princely states and British-era colonial provinces. Using frank diplomacy backed with the option (and the use) of military action, Patel’s leadership enabled the accession of almost every princely state. Hailed as the Iron Man of India, he is also remembered as the “Patron Saint” of India’s civil servants for establishing modern all-India services. Patel was also one of the earliest proponents of property rights and free enterprise in India.

What is national unity day and why it is celebrated?

National unity day is celebrated on 31st October to honor Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is responsible for uniting India. With his diplomatic skills ,he successfully counter opposition of Junagarh, Hyderabad and Kashmir.He also called the father of Indian civil service.

What is Statue of unity?

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statue of unity

Statue of unity is the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Statue of unity location: Kevadiya  village in Sardar Sarovar of Naramda District near Vadodhara(Gujarat)

Statue of unity cost: Rs 2989 cr

Statue of unity hight: 182m and it is visible from 7km