India is remembering the great leader, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 142nd birth anniversary. Called the Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel was born as Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel on October 31, 1875. The celebrated barrister played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for independence by integrating Indian states. He guided the country to stand united and fight against tyrant British Raj as one. To honour Sardar Patel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his birth anniversary to be celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or the National Day for Unity in 2014. Sardar Patel, one of the founding father of the Republic of India was a firm believer of non-violence and unity irrespective of religion, caste and creed. The iconic leader with steely strong personality said several inspirational quotes, which changed the history of our country.
The Indian National Congress leader was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was one of the most famous disciples of Mahatma Gandhi with the Father of Nation having a major influence on him. Sardar Patel believed in non-violence but more so believed in unity is strength. He brought the several figments together to make one country. Had it not been for Sardar Patel, citizens’ dreams of a free country would have taken a longer time to fulfill. Let us take a look at some of the golden words and motivational sayings by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ring true even today.
1. Non-violence has to be observed in thought, word and deed. The measure of our non-violence will be the measure of our success.
2. One can take the path of revolution but the revolution should not give a shock to the society. There is no place for violence in revolution.
3. Ours is a non-violent war, It is Dharma YUDDHA.
4. The main task before India today is to consolidate herself into a well-knit and united power.
5. Religion is a matter between the man and his Maker.
6. Caste, community will rapidly disappear. We have to speedily forget all these things. Such boundaries hamper our growth.
7. Two ways of building character – cultivating strength to challenge oppression, and tolerate the resultant hardships that give rise to courage and awareness.
8. Happiness and misery are paper balls. Don’t be afraid of death. Join the nationalist forces, be united. Give work to those who are hungry, food to invalids, forget your quarrels.
9. The negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but it required the whole-hearted co-operation of all on board; she could be safely brought to port.
10. No distinctions of caste and creed should hamper us. All are the sons and daughters of India. We should all love our country and build our destiny on mutual love and help.
This year India is celebrating Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to honour Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on a grander scale. PM Modi flagged off the ‘Run For Unity’ event in Delhi, which started at Vijay Chowk of the national capital city. “India is a country full of diversity. Unity in diversity is our speciality,” boasted the Prime Minister. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also addressed the crowd in large numbers in Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. He appealed for one and all to work for India’s unity.