It’s once-in-a-generation that a true leader is born – a doer of the kind who dares to think the unthinkable and achieve something that touches the lives of billions. Vallabhbhai Patel was one such leader – a true statesman that each Indian should be proud of.
Can you recognize Sardar Patel in this picture? You should. viraltrends
While we have been learning about other freedom fighters and the stellar leaders India had in post-independence era, very few Indians know who Vallabhbhai Patel was and just how gigantic & meaningful his achievements were.
Sardar Patel was not from a rich family like Nehru, Gandhi and other top leaders of the time.
Patel’s father, despite having very limited means, had offered to fund his education but he decided to stay at home instead.
img via:wikipediaThe Historic School (Today) Where Sardar Patel Studied in Karamsad, Gujarat
He borrowed books, studied at home and 3 Years later, cleared District Leader’s exam.
He was the 1st deputy Prime Minister. There are many theories why Vallabhbhai Patel, despite being the most suitable candidate for the top post wasn’t chosen by politicians as the 1st prime minister of the country after independence.
The story of Independent India would have been much different had Patel been the boss instead of Nehru.
It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who took up the hazardous, seemingly-impossible task of forging an integrated India from over 500 self-governing princely states & the British colonial provinces that were released from the British suzerainty and allocated to India in 1947!
Can you think of convincing even 1 person each from every Indian state on something (anything) today?
The mission impossible!
Sardar Patel used his priceless intellect and military forces in an absolutely perfect chemistry with frank diplomacy. This ‘Patron Saint’ made the impossible a reality.
img via:newindianexpressHere’s the Nizam acceding the erstwhile Hyderabad State with Indian Union in 1948.
That’s what our current prime minister believes.
Patel had switched to khadi only because of Gandhiji, despite that he was a great admirer of Western style and fashion. Later, he even organized many bonfires of Made-in-Britain clothes and goods.
He was a staunch Hindu.
Not many people know that Sardar Patel was a strong believer and had a conservative political inclination.
Did you know that congress committee did not propose Nehru’s name for Congress President? This was despite that Nehru was Mahatma Gandhi’s first preference.
In 1946, when the congress party was electing its president, Sardar Patel had the majority of people in his favor.
But when Sardar Patel came to know that Nehru had refused to work under anybody’s leadership and could split the Congress, he gladly withdrew his name!
Salutations to thee, O great patriot!
We remember Sardar Patel for his political correctness, but his actual fortes were honesty and kindness. He proved this by not forgetting to organize respite for refugees even when he was performing the extremely important task of uniting India.
He evenstood by the Muslims minority amid the entire turmoil and spoke plainly of it!
It was in 1991 when Sardar Patel was conferred Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor.
Pt. Nehru and Indira Gandhi, by the way, had got the same award much earlier and ironically, during a time they were in power. They literally awarded themselves, kind of.
Nehru was unable to take a firm decision on the Kashmir situation; Sardar Patel had everything planned.
It was after Patel’s intervention that Indian troops moved to Kashmir on time!
It was due to the strong opposition from Nehru and secular group in 1948 that he had to act. Here is what he later wrote to the RSS chief.
It was his strength of character that allowed him to refuse several significant political/statutory positions that were offered to him from time to time.
But now, the Statute of Unity would be… tall; it’d even dwarf the Stature of Liberty!
Thank you Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel! Thank you for giving us the United India we have today. And, if you are grateful for what the Iron Man did for us, please share this.