The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a prominent freedom fighter and leader of the Indian National Congress. He played an indispensable role in the Indian independence struggle, and rose in stature to become India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and first Home Minister.
Despite his humble origins, he admirably challenged his circumstances and went to England at the age of 36 to enroll at the Middle Temple Inn in London for his law course. He was born on 31 October 1875 in Nadiad, Bombay Presidency, British India and died at the age of 75 on 15 December 1950 in Bombay, where he succumbed to a heart attack.
After returning to India, he settled in Ahmedabad, and soon became one of the city’s most successful barristers. After joining the Congress, he rose to the rank of Secretary of the Gujarat Sabha. After the signing of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact, Patel was elected President of the Congress for its 1931 session (Karachi), and after independence, he was chosen as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.
He was appointed as the Home Minister during the first anniversary of independence. He also took charge of the State Department and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He resolved to build the Somnath temple, which had become dilapidated as of 13 November 1947.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel openly defended the cause of the Hindus. He was responsible for the accession of 565 princely states to the Union of India. Nehru always admired him and recognized him as the builder and consolidator of New India.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Quotes 2023
Here are some of his famous quotes that spell inspiration and patriotism and will keep you motivated for life. Read these enlightening quotes below.
‘It is in my nature to be a friend of the friendless.’
‘Religion is a matter between man and his creator.’
‘Manpower without unity is not a force unless it is properly harmonized and united, then it becomes a spiritual force.’
‘Every citizen of India should remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in this country but with some duties.’
‘Confidence is of no use in the absence of strength. Faith and power, both are necessary to accomplish any great work.’
‘Ours is a non-violent war, this is a religious war.’
There is something unique about this soil, which has always been the abode of great souls despite all odds.
‘Caste, community will rapidly disappear. We have to forget all these things fast. Such limitations hinder our development.
‘It is the prime responsibility of every citizen to feel that his country is free and it is his duty to protect its freedom.’
‘Even if we lose property worth thousands, and our life becomes a sacrifice, we should keep smiling and be happy by believing in God and the truth.’
Work is worship but laughter is life. Anyone who takes life too seriously should prepare themselves for a miserable existence. One who accepts happiness and sorrow with equal facility can really get the best out of life.”
“My culture is agriculture.”
“We worked hard to earn our freedom; we have to work hard to justify it”.
‘Your goodness stands in your way, so let your eyes be red with anger, and try to fight injustice with determination.’
We have to give up mutual discord, leave the distinction between high and low and develop the spirit of equality and remove untouchability. We have to restore the conditions of Swaraj prevailing before the British rule. We are to live as children of the same father.
Happiness and sorrow are balls of paper. Don’t be afraid of death. Join the nationalist forces, and unite. Give work to the hungry, food to the sick and forget your quarrels.
The war based on Satyagraha is always of two types. One is the war we fight against injustice and the other we fight against our weaknesses.
Unity and co-operation are essential requirements in a domestic government.
No distinction of caste and creed should hinder us. All are sons and daughters of India. We must all love our country and build our destiny on mutual love and help.
You can adopt the path of revolution, but revolution should not shock the society. There is no place for violence in revolution.
The carelessness of a few can easily wreck a ship, but it requires the whole-hearted cooperation of everyone on board; He could have been brought to a safe port.
Non-violence should be followed by mind, word and deed. The measure of our non-violence will be the measure of our success.
Today we should remove the distinction of high-low, rich-poor, caste or creed.
Satyagraha is not the religion of the weak or the cowards.
Death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
15 December is the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the pillars of India’s freedom struggle and the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India. He is remembered for his decisive leadership, which earned him the sobriquet “Iron Man of India”.