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Tribute to Iron Man of India

‘Iron man’ title was given to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, have you ever thought why was only he selected for the title? Point to ponder upon, don’t worry I am here to share my opinion to everyone,

Sardar Patel was man of ideologies and Principles, he was dedicated nationalist he believe in the vision of “NATION FIRST’’.  He is the man who integrated 565 princely states after independence that is why he got the title of IRON MAN.


According to Wikipedia, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (31 October 1875 – 15 December 1950) was an Indian barrister and statesman, a leader of the Indian National Congress and a founding father of the Republic of India who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often addressed as Sardar,[1] which means Chief in HindiUrdu, and Persian.

Citizen of India celebrate Sardar Patel’s birthday as  Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) which held on 31 October, initiated by BJP from 2014.


Before India accomplished freedom, India had around 565 princely states and the Congress had a major test of influencing them for serene merger with India. Congress party depended Sardar Patel with this obligation and Patel took it as a test of life and effectively executed it.

He utilized every one of the traps as a part of the book. He was well mannered to the individuals who were sensible and willing to make a move. He was extreme with the individuals who were hesitant and had their own particular plans. He didn’t falter in sending armed force wherever it was essential.

There were 565 princely states in India around then. A portion of the Maharajas and Nawabs who controlled over these were sensible and energetic. Be that as it may, the vast majority of them were plastered with riches and influence. They were longing for getting to be distinctly free rulers once the British quit India.

They contended that the administration of free India ought to regard them as equivalents. Some of them went to the degree of wanting to send their delegates to the United Nations Organization. Patel conjured the patriotism of India’s rulers, requesting that they participate in the opportunity of their country and go about as capable rulers who thought about the eventual fate of their kin.

He induced the rulers of 565 conditions of the difficulty of autonomy from the Indian republic, particularly within the sight of developing resistance from their subjects. With incredible insight and political premonition, he combined the little kingdoms. The general population was with him. He handled the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Nawab of Junagarh who at first did not have any desire to join India.
But the rulers of Junagadh and Hyderabad were plotting secretly to Join Pakistan.
Patel sent an army under Brigadier Gurudayal simha to the border of Junagadh to deal with Pakistan. The people of the state who wished to join India rebelled against the ruler and set up a People’s Government. The Nawab, who had tried to betray the people, ran away. Patel reached Junagadh on the 12th of November 1947. In the course of a speech there, hewarned that the Nizam of Hyderabad would share the fate of the Nawab of Junagadh if he did not behave sensibly.

But the Nizam was slow to learn the lesson. He sent millions of rupees to Pakistan. One of his men, Kasim Razvi by name, began to harass the Hindus. His gang was called the Razakars. They tried to drive the Hindus out of Hyderabad. There was no limit to their crimes. They tried to get arms and ammunition from outside.
Finally Sardar Patel sent some forces under General Chowdury to undertake ‘Police Action’. Within five days the Nizam was forced to surrender. Kasim Razvi ran away to Pakistan. The atrocities of the Razakars came to an end and peace returned to Hyderabad. The firm policy of Sardar Patel, the Man of Iron, crushed all the plots against India.

A similar problem arose in Kashmir. The Maharaja and the Legislative Assembly decided that the state should join India. But the Pakistan army forcibly occupied two-fifths of Kashmir. The Ministry was handling the Kashmir question for Foreign Affairs and there was nothing Patel could do.

Sardar Patel was a man of remarkable foresight. In 1962 China sent her army across the border and India reeled under the blow. This is the saddest episode in the history of Free India. But as long back as on the 7th of November 1950, Patel wrote a letter to Jawaharlal Nehru and declared that China was not to be trusted. He wrote: ‘The Government of China speaks of its desire for peace and is trying to mislead us. Hereafter, in planning the defense of our country, we must remember the intentions of Communist, China.’ 
Sardar Patel’s untiring endeavors towards the solidarity of the nation brought achievement. He joined a scattered country without tremendously gore. Because of the accomplishment of this huge errand, Sardar Patel got the title of ‘Iron Man of India’.

Five weeks later Patel passed away. About twelve years after his death China attacked India.  He receive Bharat ratna award(posthumously)  in 1991.

Though he is not alive but his principles, ideologies are still in the heart of Indians.  Everyone believe in “nation first’’.


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