25 Interesting Facts About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Today is the birthday of Sardar Patel, the Iron Man of the country. After the end of British rule from India, he had made a great contribution to keeping India united. The ‘Statue of Unity’, the world’s tallest statue, today reminds us of his immense ideological stature. Today we will talk about some unknown and interesting facts about Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. So let’s know about the interesting facts related to “Sardar Patel” and his life.
The first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India merged 600 princely states into the Indian Union with his strong will power, leadership skills. It was not easy to merge these small states. It also includes Hyderabad.
FACT#1. Honoring Gandhi’s wish, Sardar Patel kept himself away from the race for the post of Prime Minister and supported Pandit Nehru.
FACT#2. Sardar Patel’s first priority as Home Minister was to unite the indigenous princely states into India.
FACT#3. Sardar Patel carried out Operation Polo for the merger of Hyderabad. The Nizam of Hyderabad had earlier refused to merge with India. Pandit Nehru was not in the country at the time of the merger of Hyderabad.
FACT#4. Sardar Patel wrote a letter to Pandit Nehru in November 1950 warning about the possible threat of China to the north of India.
FACT#5. Sardar Patel’s wife died in 1909 during an operation at the hospital. When Patel was given this news, he was cross-examining the court. Even after this, he continued his work. He told the news to others after the court proceedings ended.
FACT#6. Sardar Patel was very fond of Mahatma Gandhi. When Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, Patel’s health began to deteriorate upon hearing this news. Even two months after Gandhi’s death, he had a heart attack.
FACT#7. Sardar Patel as the country’s Home Minister had banned the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and his alleged involvement in violence against the minority community.
FACT#8. Sardar Patel pledged to rebuild the fractal temple of Somnath, which was built even after the intense opposition of Pt. Nehru.
FACT#9. Sardar Patel was very angry at the referendum in Kashmir and taking the issue of Kashmir to the United Nations.
FACT#10. Sardar Patel as the Home Minister was the first person who Indianised the Indian Civil Services (ICS) and made them Indian Administrative Services (IAS).
FACT#11. Sardar Patel was born to a farmer and his family had also lived in Rani Jhansi’s army. He used to work in the fields with his father in childhood and also fasted twice a month.
FACT#12. He was a person who raised the issue of guarantee the payment of “privy purse” in the Constituent Assembly. But at that time, this proposal was rejected by Congress.
FACT#13. There is no record of the actual date of the birth of Sardar Patel. His birthday is celebrated on 31 October, the record of this date was also taken from his matriculation examination paper.
FACT#14. There was a time when the bubonic plague had spread in Gujarat, causing a good friend of Patel to be affected by this plague, Patel started caring for his friend’s help and then he was also hit by this plague. He immediately moved away from his family and started living in a temple and returned home only after recovering.
FACT#15. Sardar Patel’s mind was very sharp, at the age of 36 he went to England to study advocacy and he completed the 36-month course in just 30 months.
FACT#16. On 5 January 1917, Sardar Patel became a Councilor in Municipality for the first time in Ahmedabad. He contested from Dariyapur seat and won by just one vote. Sardar Patel and 18 councilors were also charged with corruption, in which they took the help of Jinnah. The case of manipulation of funds amounting to 1.68 lakh was filed in Ahmedabad District Court. Patel was saved here in this case but he was dragged to the Bombay High Court a year later. At that time, with the help of Jinnah, Sardar Patel won the case. This incident is mentioned in the book of Rizwan Qadri- “Ek Singh Purush”.
FACT#17. Before independence in 1946, it was decided that the president of the Congress would be the Prime Minister of the country. At that time, the command of the Congress was in the hands of Maulana Azad, but Mahatma Gandhi refused him. Gandhi had supported Nehru for the Prime Minister. Nehru did not get support from the country even after Gandhi’s support and Sardar Patel got support from 12 of the 15 states. At this time Gandhi felt that Congress should not be broken in such a situation. The British will find another excuse. Sardar Patel withdrew his nomination in honor of Gandhi.
FACT#18. At the age of 16, she married Jhaverba Patel in 1891, and at the age of 22, he passed her matriculation.
FACT#19. He did not want to become a politician in the beginning. However, at the insistence of his friends, he contested the municipal election in Ahmedabad in 1917 and won it.
FACT#20. When Gandhiji staged the Indigo Rebellion in favor of the farmers, Patel was greatly inspired and replaced Patel in a later meeting with Gandhiji in 1917 and led him to join the Indian independence movement.
FACT21. Bismarck of India as political integration of India Otto von Bismarck unified Germany politically in the 1860s, Vallabhbhai Patel also integrated India. He united more than 562 princely states in India. At the time of unification, he was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces.
FACT#22. Gem Vipin Dayalbhai Patel (grandson of Sardar Patel) of India received Bharat Ratna for his grandfather in 1991, Sardar Patel was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
FACT#23. On National Unity Day 2014, the Government of India announced that its birthday on 31 October will be celebrated as “National Unity Day” in India.
FACT#24. Sardar Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India. Sardar Patel was born on 31 October 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat. Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is celebrated every year on 31 October.
FACT#25. On 6 May 1947, Sardar Patel started the mission of merging the princely states into India. On the advice of Gandhiji, he started talks on the merger by appointing senior bureaucrat VP Menon as the Chief Secretary of the Home Ministry. On 15 August 1947, the tricolor was hoisted at the Red Fort but it did not include Junagadh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Hyderabad. On 25 October, Hari Singh agreed to merge Kashmir after the Pak attack. Patel laid siege to the economic supply of oil and coal in Junagadh, stopping air-mail connectivity. Fearful of this, the Nawab family along with Pakistan fled. After this, on 7 November 1947, Junagadh was formally incorporated into India.