Sardar Vallabhai Patel- Iron Man of India

Sardar Vallabhai Patel (1875-1950)

  • Sardar Vallabhai Patel was Independent India's first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.
  • Vallabhai Patel was born on 31st October 1875 in Gujarat. Every year  31 October is celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) as annual commemoration of his birthday.
  • He is known as the Iron Man of India or Bismarck of India.
  • He played major role in peasant movement in Kheda district of Gujarat on 1917 to 1918.
  • He was the leader of Bardoli Satyagraha of 1928, in the state of Gujarat.
  • Mahatma Gandhi gave the title of Sardar to Vallabhbhai Patel for his great organizational skill in Bardoli Satyagraha.
  • He was President of INC Session at Karachi in 1931. The most significant contribution of the Karachi session was a resolution it passed on Fundamental Rights and Economic Policy.
  • Founding conference of Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC)  was presided over by Sardar Vallabhai Patel in 1947.
  • His biggest contribution to India was his role in the integration of the over 500 princely states with India during 1947-49.
  • He is also remembered as the Patron Saint of India’s civil servants for establishing modern All-India services.
  • He is also called the Unifier of India.
  • Sardar Patel was conferred with Bharat Ratna in 1991.

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