Known as the Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born to Jhaverbhai Patel and Ladba on 31st October, 1875, in a small village, Karamsad. He is known to be a barrister by profession and during the freedom struggle; he was the leader of the Indian National Congress. Here are 13 lesser known facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel –
13 Interesting and Amazing Facts About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
#1: In 1948, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was appointed as the Home Minister of the free India.
#2: When Patel was 36 years old, he registered in the Middle Temple Inn, England. It was a school for barristers. An interesting fact about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is that, he managed to complete the 36 months course in just 30 months, and topped the examinations.
#3: In the initial stages of the freedom fight, Patel had no interest in the fight or in politics. But after meeting Mahatma Gandhi, he agreed to join the congress.
#4: Vallabhbhai was the secretary of the ‘Gujarat Sabha’ which later on merged with the Congress party, making Patel the leader of the whole party.
#5: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was deeply attached with Mahatma Gandhi. A lesser known fact about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is that after Gandhi ji’s death, even Patel’s health began to deteriorate and he suffered a heart attack after 2 months of Gandhi’s death.
#6: Vallabhbhai comes from a family of farmers and peasants. As a child, he used to accompany his father to the farms and it is known that Patel used to observe a day long fast twice a month.
#7: One fact about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is that he has no official records of his date of birth. 31st October is taken from his matriculation exam papers.
#8: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a part in forming the entire system of IAS. Earlier, it was governed by the British, but after freedom, Patel reformed the rules and laws to make it suitable for our nation.
#9: When Mahatma Gandhi was put in jail during the Satyagraha movement, Patel took the charge of leading the movement.
#10: He was the first Deputy Prime Minister of free India and as the Deputy PM, he played a major role in uniting princely states.
#11: He was accredited with the prestigious Bharat Ratna award in 1991.
#12: He stood and won elections in 1917 to become the sanitation commissioner, Ahmedabad. As on duty, he fought the peasants’ revolt in Kheda, receiving the title of the national hero.
#13: Apart from just playing a major part in freedom movement, he also travelled across West India with Gandhi ji to recruit about 3,00,000 members to join the Non–cooperation movement and was also successful in collecting about Rs. 1.5 million funds.
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Article first published on February 7, 2017.