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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(October 31, 1875 - December 15, 1950)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel the iron-man of India was born on 31st October, 1875, in a small village in Nadiad. His father Jhaverbhai Patel was a simple farmer and mother Laad Bai was a simple lady. From his childhood itself, Patel was a very hard-working individual. He used to help his father in farming and studied in a school at N. K. High school, Petlad. He passed his high-school examination in 1896. Throughout school he was a very wise and intelligent student. Inspite of poor financial conditions his father decided to send him to college but Vallabhbhai refused. Around three years he stayed at home, worked hard and prepared for the District Leader's examination, hence passing with very good percentage.

Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a historical figure who moves you to tears. Mostly these are tears of joy, for he achieved a thrilling Indian unity. Yet some are tears of pity, for the Sardar suffered and sacrificed much. Sardar Patel hated to work for anyone especially the Britishers. He was a person of independent nature. He started his own practice of law in a place called Godhara. Soon the practice flourished. He saved money, made financial arrangement for the entire family. He got married to Jhaberaba. In 1904, he got a baby daughter Maniben, and in 1905 his son Dahya was born. He sent his elder brother to England for higher studies in law. In 1908, Vitthabhai returned as barrister and started practising in Bombay. In 1909 his wife became seriously ill and was taken to Bombay for treatment Vallabhbhai had to go for the hearing of an urgent case and his wife died. He was stunned. He admitted his children in St. Mary's school Bombay, and he left for England. He became a barrister and retuned to India in 1913.

He started his practice in Ahmedabad and soon he became aware of the local life, activities and people's problems. He became an extremely popular person and he got elected in the Municipal Corportaion in 1917. Around 1915, he came across Mahatma Gandhi. The Swadeshi Movement was at its peak. Gandhiji gave a lecture at a place in Ahmedabad where Patel heard him and was very impressed and started actively participating in the freedom movement. The British government's atrocities were increasing. The government declared to confiscate all the lands of farmers. He forced the British government to amend the rules. He brought together the farmers and encouraged them and hence got the title of 'Sardar' and thus became famous.

The British government considered him as a threat and his lectures were considered anti-government and he was imprisoned several times. In 1942, he took part in the Quit India Movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. He was arrested along with other leaders and was sent to Ahmednagar jail. Inspite of the British Rule, rulers of the small kingdoms were spending a lot of public money, and were having a nice time. Sardar Vallabh Bhai opposed this.

Sardar PatelWith great wisdom and political foresight, he consolidated the small kingdoms. The public was with him. He tackled the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Nawab of Junagarh who intially did not want to join India. There were a lot of problems connected with the reunion of the numerous states into India. Sardar Patel's untiring efforts towards the unity of the country brought success. Due to the achievement of this massive task, Sardar Patel got the title of 'Iron Man'. ' He is one of the prestigious leaders of the world who became immmortal by uniting a scattered nation without any bloodshed. His enthusiasm to work for the independent nation got a big jolt when Gandhiji was murdered. Patel was very attached to Gandhiji and considered him, his elder brother and teacher. He was encouraged by Mahatma Gandhi in all his work. Gandhiji's death left him broken. On 15th December, 1950 he died of a cardiac arrest. The news of his death spread all over the world. The entire nation plunged into deep sorrow, everyday life came to a standstill. A grateful nation paid a tearful homage to it's beloved leader. In 1991 the grateful nation conferred upon him the honour of Bharat Ratna.

Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai PatelThis man of steel learnt early to be tough, for he was born as a middle child in a family of impoverished peasant proprietors. As Vallabhbhai would himself recall, his parents' hopes seemed centered on the eldest two sons, Soma and Narsi, and their affection on the youngest two, Kashi and the only daughter, Dahiba. The ones in the middle, Vallabh and Vithal, were remembered last when clothes or sweets were to be distributed, and at once when a chore had to be done. The rough schools he went to as a boy, and the courts where he defended alleged criminals, also contributed to Vallabhbhai's mental muscle and stern appearance. Yet this tough man smiled at the world and at gloomy moments helped others to laugh. Also, he did not hesitate to step aside for another --for his older brother Vithal when the latter wanted to use his passport and ticket to London, and, years later, for Jawaharlal Nehru, when Mahatma Gandhi desired that Nehru should sit in a chair to which Patel seemed entitled. And this strong man before whom rajas and maharajas trembled, and to whom rich men gave large funds for India's national movement, did not allow a rupee to stick to his fingers, and he saw to it that his children, a son and a daughter, lived simple lives during and after their father's lifetime.

His strength of character, the sharpness of his mind, his organizing skills, and all his energy were offered up for achieving the freedom of India under Gandhi's leadership, and after independence for India's consolidation. We admire a man who rises to a political or financial peak, but are moved by one whose sole purpose in life is the strength and wellbeing of his compatriots. And we are moved even more when we discover that next to the steel in his soul is a tenderness for colleagues and a readiness to accept whatever results God ordains. In successive phases of his life, Vallabhbhai Patel showed the defiance of the oppressed, a trial lawyer's brilliance, the daring to give up a flourishing career, the discipline of a soldier in freedom's battles, the strategies of a General, indifference as a prisoner of the Raj, the generosity of the strong, the firmness of a patriot, and the farsightedness of a statesman. If times are depressing or daunting, Sardar Patel reminds us of India's and Indians' potential. When times are good, we can think of him with glad gratitude.

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Kaustubh posted on 12/21/2014 3:19:47 AM
kaustubh
Navi Mumbai
Rating: 5/5
 
Without sardar patel we didnt think about unite india..iron personality..salute to the great freedom fighter bcoz of him we taste the real unite taste of freedom
Durga posted on 12/20/2014 11:56:57 PM
durga
Khammam, Sathupally
Rating: 3/5
 
hard working mean Sardhar Vallabhai Patel.He was one of the great honorable person .I am follower of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel......saulte iron-man  of india
Nirbhay Yadav posted on 11/28/2014 3:06:56 AM
Nirbhay Yadav
New Delhi, National Capital Territory Of Delhi, In
Rating: 5/5
 
Sardar Vallabhbhai patel was iron man he is best leader of India.

Do not compare with any leader.

I salute .
Gnana posted on 11/13/2014 1:36:27 AM
gnana
Mountain View, California
Rating: 5/5
 
Brilliance of this message.
Sowmya posted on 11/12/2014 10:15:24 PM
sowmya
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Rating: 5/5
 
superb 
Naushad Ali posted on 11/7/2014 11:31:46 AM
Naushad Ali
Dabli Rathan Hanumangarh Rajas
Rating: 5/5
 
This project joint all indian in a Thred.
                              Like Saradar Patel
Sudhir posted on 11/6/2014 5:39:45 AM
sudhir
Jharkhand
Rating: 4/5
 
We know that S.V.B.P was a great freedom fighter and he called iron man he fought against british with unity of entire people.  We proud of him and we have to make india in positive way its pledge
Shobhit Tandon posted on 11/4/2014 4:47:51 AM
Shobhit Tandon
Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
Rating: 5/5
 
salute to the iron man of India, Patron of Nation as the statue of Patel ji will be the pride for me and for the whole nation. 
Arunkumar posted on 11/4/2014 4:06:43 AM
arunkumar
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Rating: 1/5
 
nice
Deepansha posted on 11/4/2014 1:13:13 AM
Deepansha
New Delhi, India
Rating: 5/5
 
the infos fab !!!!!!

salute to the great man

but one problem is that the video given is in gujrati, it would have been a great pleasure to have it in Hindi or English.
John posted on 11/3/2014 9:04:48 AM
john
Sikkim,india
Rating: 4/5
 
Good
Aalin posted on 11/1/2014 1:29:31 PM
aalin
New Delhi, Delhi, Indiadelhi
Rating: 3/5
 
Sardar a leader in each sense, a Maharatna who gave free india to us. British gave freedom to india from islamic and Gandhi gave freedom  to india from British
And sonia gandhi  plunged it to SQuare one
Trna posted on 11/1/2014 10:12:17 AM
trna
Bangalore, Karnataka, Indiaban
Rating: 2/5
 
we should respect and honour those leader who have made our life secure. sri patel was one such and we salute him.
Neha Sharma posted on 11/1/2014 2:02:05 AM
Neha Sharma
, , Indiachandigarh
Rating: 5/5
 
very inspiring
Anurag Mishra posted on 10/31/2014 10:32:11 PM
Anurag mishra
Faizabad
Rating: 3/5
 
Sardar Patel was not an iron man. Hes indeed a steel man.I bow my head with deep respect to this visionary who has been  so far neglected by independent nation.
Gaurang Joshi posted on 10/31/2014 12:22:16 PM
Gaurang Joshi
Surat,gujrat
Rating: 5/5
 
He was real hero of united india and rightly titled iron man
Harish R. Yemula posted on 10/31/2014 8:22:30 AM
HARISH R. YEMULA
, , India, Mumbai
Rating: 5/5
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR
Chandra Sekhar posted on 10/31/2014 6:46:09 AM
chandra sekhar
India Ap Vijayawada
Rating: 5/5
 
hands off to our iron man sardar vallabhbhai patel garu,we r porud to say iron man is an indian he is a legend,we have to leran how live like a real man thorugh his life history.
Biswajit Das posted on 10/31/2014 6:45:59 AM
Biswajit Das
Assam
Rating: 3/5
 
Sardar Patel was not an iron man. Hes indeed a steel man.I bow my head with deep respect to this visionary who has been  so far neglected by independent nation.
Deepak Bairagee posted on 10/31/2014 5:51:36 AM
deepak Bairagee
Khategaon.madhypradesh.india
Rating: 3/5
 
I am pruod tham iron man
Kamlesh Yadav posted on 10/31/2014 4:09:12 AM
kamlesh yadav
Belgaum Karnataka, India
Rating: 4/5
 
He ia a brve man of india. i like too much when a son helps his father. And Sardar ji was also helped his father in fields. so that i m very proud of them.
Syed Basha posted on 10/31/2014 3:54:07 AM
syed basha
Chitradurga
Rating: 5/5
 
Really a iron man of India...hates off to u sir...
Bharat Bhosale posted on 10/31/2014 3:17:36 AM
Bharat Bhosale
India
Rating: 5/5
 
let us memorise work of unity done by Sardar vallabhai Patel,The Iron man, on this BIRTHDAY.
Let us hope for Iron Man to be Born again In India.
Venkatesh posted on 10/31/2014 2:14:36 AM
Venkatesh
Tandur
Rating: 1/5
 
 The Brave & Iron man wish u happy birth day we miss you in this nation
Bhupender Khileri posted on 10/31/2014 1:39:30 AM
bhupender khileri
Hanumangarh
Rating: 1/5
 
happy birthday sardar
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