Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India, was one of those leaders who are remembered for their selfless service to the nation. Born on October 31, 1875, he not only played a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle but also a much more instrumental role after the Independence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 70th death anniversary today, i.e. on December 15.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said the path shown by Sardar Patel will always inspire people to protect the unity of the country. “The path he showed us will always inspire us to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country,” he stated in a tweet in Hindi.
सशक्त, सुदृढ़ और समृद्ध भारत की नींव रखने वाले लौह पुरुष सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल को उनकी पुण्यतिथि पर शत-शत नमन। उनके दिखाए मार्ग हमें देश की एकता, अखंडता और संप्रभुता की रक्षा करने के लिए सदा प्रेरित करते रहेंगे।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 15, 2020
Patel, who was India’s first home minister died in 1950 in Mumbai.
The Statue of Unity, a 182-meter tall statue of Patel, was unveiled by Prime Minister Modi in Gujarat in 2018. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is credited with uniting all 562 princely states of the pre-independent country to build the Republic of India, passed away on December 15, 1950.