Everything You Need To Know About 'The Iron Man Of India'

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Everything You Need To Know About 'The Iron Man Of India' 

New Delhi: The first home minister of India who gave his everything to make us and our country free from the Britishers. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was popularly known as the "Iron Man Of India" Patel was instrumental in uniting the country through merger of small princely states. Here are the things that you must know about him.

Vallabh bhai Patel was a man of strength and had unique qualities in him and one of the uniqueness was that he passed his class 10th in the age of 22. Patel travelled to attend schools in Nadiad, Petlad and Borsad. At the age of 36 he journeyed to England and enrolled at the Middle Temple Inn in London. Completing a 36-month course in 30 months, Patel finished at the top of his class despite having had no previous college background.

On January 5, 1917 for the first time he was elected as the Councillor of the Ahemdabad. In 1924, Sardar was elected president of Ahmedabad municipality. He also set up Dudheshwar waterworks compound at Shahibaugh and it was the third laboratory in India.

When corruption charges were pressed against Sardar Patel and 18 other councillors in Ahmedabad municipality, he sought Jinnah's help. In April 28, 1922, a case of 'misrepresentation of funds' worth Rs 1.68 lakh was registered in Ahmedabad District Court (ADC). Sardar successfully defended the case in ADC. But he was dragged to the Bombay High Court in 1923. Jinnah led a panel of lawyers and fought for Sardar Patel, winning the case.

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Sardar Patel was the first one in the pitch to remove "sexual disqualification" in the district municipal Act.By this Act, women were barred from contesting elections as per Section 15(1)(C).A resolution was passed in this regard in the Ahmedabad municipality general board on February 13, 1913.  In 1926, Section 15(1)(c) was abolished.

Sardar Patel was against anybody - including his close kin - using his name for profit. Sardar was so strict about this that he had once told his son, Dahyabhai, to stay away from Delhi if possible, so long as he (Sardar) was in the national capital. "Don't misuse my name. Don't use my name for any favours in Delhi. Till I am in Delhi, stay away from it as far as you can," Sardar had written to his son. 

In April 1947, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, then a Home member of the interim government, started his tour in Gujarat asking people to maintain calm and communal harmony. There had been a series of skirmishes.

In one meeting in Ahmedabad, Patel expressed his anxiety, "A snake grows a new skin to take place of the worn out one it sheds." Sardar further added, "We may become politically sovereign, but internally we lack the attributes of a free people, such as equality, cohesion and national character." He asked, "Has India organised a new state and society to replace the old order which she wants to discard?"

Sardar Patel was completely against building statues and memorials. If he were alive today, he would have opposed the state government's project under which a Rs3,000 crore sculpture of the Iron Man himself is coming up at Kevadiya near the Narmada dam. The 'Statue of Unity' will be the world's tallest structure of this kind when completed.

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