Sardar Patel or Vallabhbhai Patel (October 31, 1875 – December 15, 1950) who rightfully earned the title ‘Sardar’ (Leader) with his dedication to lead the people of Bardoli out of unnecessary tax burden. We also remember him proudly as the “Iron Man of India”.
Sardar Patel’s vision united our Nation which was previously a cluster of 562 Princely States. Sardar Patel combined wisdom, patriotism, and diplomacy to convince Maharajas and Nawabs to join the Indian Republic. Many followed his vision. Few resisted and Sardar aligned them with a slight show of strength.
When we glance his life, we can easily realize that his life was like that of a saint, free from the greed & desires. He let go of the powerful position of Prime Minister of the Biggest Democracy on the advice of Bapu. 12 out of 15 was in his favor, even though he let go the position of power. He wanted to serve the nation, so position and status were of no importance to him. All he cared was to resurrect our nation.
Below is the collection of some Insightful Quotes by Sardar Patel:
The main task before India today is to consolidate herself into a well-knit and united power.
It is in my nature to be a friend of the friendless.
A war based on Satyagraha is always of two kinds. One is the war we wage against injustice, and the other we fight our own weaknesses.
The Negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but if it has the wholehearted co-operation of all on board it can be safely brought to port.
Manpower without unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.
For decades, his contributions were literally rendered invisible in terms of recognization. Our PM decided to pay honorable tribute to Sardar Patel.” The Statue of Unity aptly fulfills that task.
This Article was originally published on HBR Patel