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Sardar Patel: Unifier, Visionary & Architect of Modern India



  Nov 03, 2023

Sardar Patel’s Historical Role and Legacy



Founding Father of the Indian Republic:

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India, was a pivotal figure in India’s struggle for independence and the subsequent unification of the country. He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India.

Unification of Princely States:

Patel’s most enduring legacy is his role in the integration of over 560 princely states into the Indian Union. Using a mix of diplomacy,
realpolitik, and the threat of force where necessary, he managed to meld the disparate states into a unified whole, creating the modern political geography of India.

Architect of Civil Services:

He is credited with establishing the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), key pillars of India’s civil administration.

Advocate of Farmer Rights and Social Reform:

Patel played a leading role in the Bardoli Satyagraha, advocating for the rights of farmers and becoming a hero to the agrarian community. He also supported Gandhi’s campaigns against untouchability and for social reform.

Commemoration:

Patel’s legacy is celebrated annually on his birthday, October 31, which is observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) in India. The Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, was unveiled in his honor in 2018, symbolizing his efforts to unite India.

Patel’s pragmatic approach to nation-building and governance, his advocacy for the downtrodden, and his vision for a united India continue to resonate in contemporary Indian politics and society.

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