Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was an Indian politician. He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. Patel led the task of forging a united India, successfully integrating into the newly independent nation. He died in a car crash in New Delhi in 1948, aged 75.
About Vallabhbhai Patel in brief
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was an Indian politician. He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. Patel was born in Nadiad District Kheda and raised in the countryside of the state of Gujarat. He was a successful lawyer and organised peasants in non-violent civil disobedience against the British Raj. Patel led the task of forging a united India, successfully integrating into the newly independent nation those British colonial provinces that had been allocated to India. He is also remembered as the \”patron saint of India’s civil servants\” for having established the modern all-India services system. The Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, was dedicated to him on 31 October 2018 which is approximately 182 metres in height. Patel’s date of birth was never officially recorded; Patel entered it as 31 October on his matriculation examination papers. He belonged to the Leuva Patel Patidar community of Central Gujarat, although after his fame, the Leuva Patels and Kadava Patel have also claimed him as one of their own. He had once nurtured a similar hope to study in England, who had the same initials as his elder brother, Vbhalai Patel. In keeping with his family’s honour, he allowed his younger brother to follow his older brother to England, saying it would be disreputable for him to follow in the footsteps of his brother. He died in a car crash in New Delhi in 1948, aged 75.
He left behind a wife and two children. Patel practised law in Godhra, Borsad and Anand, while taking on the financial burdens of his homestead in Karamsad, Gujarat. Patel also cared for a friend suffering from the Bubonic plague when it swept across Gujarat. When Patel himself came down with the disease, he immediately sent his family to safety, left his home, and moved into an isolated house inNadiad ; there, he recovered slowly. Patel is the first chairman and founder of the Edward Dajibhai Patel Memorial High School today. The school is located in the town of Borsadsad, today known as Jha Verbhai High School and is open to pupils from all over the country. It is also the home of the Patel family’s oldest son, Dahyabhai, who is also a well-known philanthropist. Patel died in Delhi in 1949, aged 80, and is survived by his wife Jhaverba and their two children, Maniben and Dahybhai. Patel had a daughter, Mani, in 1904, and a son Dahyibhai, in 1906. Patel was appointed as the 49th President of Indian National Congress, organising the party for elections in 1934 and 1937 while promoting the Quit India Movement. As the first Home Minister and Deputy PM of India, Patel organised relief efforts for refugees fleeing to Punjab and Delhi from Pakistan and worked to restore peace. His commitment to national integration earned him the sobriquet ‘Iron Man of India’