Sardar Vallabhbhai patel is also know as “Iron Man of India” or Bismarck of India” is one of the most popular and known politicians of India. Serving the country as the first Deputy Prime Minister as well as Home Minister of Independent India he has his own struggle and active participation in the unification of the 555 princely sates to set up a great federal democratic country. Patel maintaining a close relationship with Mahatma Gandhi have a played a key role in the freedom struggle of India. It would not be an over statement that Patel is the chief architect of the independent India constructed with his rock solid leadership. So knowing some interesting things about him is required here are eight of those.
1. Patron Saint of India Civil Servants.
It is always believed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that India which its diversity, religions and many more need an strong Bureaucratic set up. The Then Indian Civil services Code( ICS) by Britishers that suited them have modified by Patel and a modern Indian Administrative Services(IAS) that suited the Interests, that which can form a better bureaucratic structure of India is formed. Being done such a great thing he is called as Patron Saint for “Indian Civil Servants” for forming a new All India Services.
2. Last Confrontation with Nehru.
Sardar Patel and Nehru Although have took part in many healthy discussion about governance and many more there was a situation where Nehru named his as a communal in a meeting that lead to scuffle between the two. MKK Nair a 1947batch IAS Officer, writes in his memorial ” With No III Feeling to Any body”- this is the situation where the scuffle took place and Patel feeling humiliated quit from the meeting never communicate with Nehru.
3. Opposed existence of RSS.
The existence of Rashtriya swayamsewak Sangh(RSS) which is headed by Golwalkar is opposed by Patel as it could lead to an communal poison which is also responsible to the death of Gandhi. He said this statements to the media too.
4. Patel was diseased by Bubonic Plague.
Gujarat when hit by Bubonic Plague, one of the dearest friend of Patel also got infected by this deadly disease. He himself also got infected as he took care of his friend out of courtesy. There after Patel took refuge in an isolated dilapidated temple in Nadiad leaving all his family behind. After full recovery he came back.
5. No record of date of birth.
Officially the date of birth of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in not mentioned in any records. The date we followtoday is the date that is mentioned on this matriculation examination papers. But the place of birth is know which is Karamsad.
6. Guarantee Payment of Privy Purses.
It is least mentioned in the history and know to very less that Patel is who advised the Constituent Assembly to guarantee payment of privy purses that would preserve the rights of erstwhile rulers. Congress rejected this idea eventually.
7. Farmer by birth and nature.
Born in a peasant family who earlier served in the Queen Jhansi’s Army Patel know what it would be like being in a family that lives on mother land. He used to accompany his father in the fields. Coming from such a family Patel always shows a soft corner to the poor.
8. Attachment with Mahatma.
Sardhar Vallabhbhai Patel and Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi relationship is very close that can be explained from the fact that after Gandhiji’s death his health also started decline and with in two months he suffered an massive heart attack which he could not survive.