Why Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is called the Iron Man?

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The barrister from the state of Gujrat, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was given many names throughout his lifetime for all the contributions he has made to the nation. Initially, he was sceptical about joining politics, but later on, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel came to be known as the ‘Iron Man of India.’ He entered politics and quickly grabbed a place for him in the hearts of people. He introduced many non-violent civil disobedience Satyagrah movements in response to British tax rising demands. It was also the time when there was a famine in the small town of Gujrat, Bardoli, in 1928. It was he who led the Satygrah Movement when Mahatma Gandhi was in jail. 

Full NameSardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel 
BirthdateOctober 31, 1875
BirthplaceNadiad, Kheda district of Gujarat
ProfessionSuccessful barrister, Senior Congress leader
RoleFirst Deputy Prime Minister of India
ContributionIntegration of 565 princely states into the Union of India
NicknameIron Man of India
BeliefsCommitment to democracy, secularism, and integrity
RelationshipWorked closely with Pt. Nehru for Congress Party

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Recent Honours Given to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Both the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel come from the same Indian state, Gujrat. Mr. Modi is sure that the latter nationalist leader did not get enough acknowledgment for peacefully combining all the Indian states under one roof. 

  • Rashtriya Ekta Diwas- The Hon’ble Prime Minister, after forming his government in 2014, declared Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthday as the National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. 
  • Statue of Unity- The Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbha Patel’s 597-feet long statue facing the Narmada Dam was inaugurated in the year 2018 by Narendra Modi. 

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is called Iron Man for making sure to combine 500 different and scattered princely states to come under the same roof called “India.”

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