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The Sardar who dreamed of a united Bharat!
It was in a dusty village of Gujarat called Nadiad, that a child was born on October 31, 1875.
Hailing from a simple family, the child showed an inclination to study and do well and at a time when handful of Indians actually went for ‘modern education’, this child learned and became a barrister.
However, little did his family, friends and colleagues know, this individual, in years to come, would have perhaps the most profound impact on India and its political unity, for this was no other than the Iron Man - Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel.
Often called Sardar, meaning “chief” in Hindi, Urdu, and Persian, Patel acted as Home Minister during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.
It is to his untiring efforts and tenacity that the India of today exists as he did the unimaginable work of getting over five hundred royal states accede to India.
His commitment to national integration in the newly independent country was total and uncompromising, earning him the sobriquet “Iron Man of India”.
He is also remembered as the “patron saint of India’s civil servants” for having established the modern All India Services system.
It was therefore befitting that ‘The Statue of Unity’, the world’s tallest statue being approximately 182 metres (597 ft) in height, was dedicated to him on 31 October 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as an ode to the one man whose will carved and entire nation! First India remembers the Iron man on his birth anniversary! Incidentally, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is often called the ‘modern Iron Man’, is in Gujarat today.