Life Of Sardar Patel, The 'Iron Man' Who United India And Advocated For Secularism!
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel is known as the ‘Iron Man of India’. After Independence, he became the first Home Minister of the country an was instrumental in the accession of various princely states into the Union of India. He is known in history for this work, although he was a towering figure even in his personal life. We are going to take you through a journey of some of the facts of his life.
Sardar Patel was born on October 31st, 1875 in the Kheda district of Gujarat, and no one could have known that he would pay such an important role in unifying the country in his life.
He cleared his class 10th examination at the age of 22 and could not pursue his education further because of financial constraints. He took his books home and began preparing for attempting the exam for becoming a district magistrate. He went on to score the highest marks in this exam, and after that, at the age of 36, went to England to study law.
With Indpendence came Partition, and even though Pakistan declared itself as a "'Muslim' state, he was adamant along with Nehru that India should not be a 'Hindu Pakistan' and should not mould itself as a theocratic state. He was stringly in favour of secularism and said: "Ours is a secular state and we could not fashion our politics the way Pakistan is doing it. Here, every Muslim should feel that he is an Indian citizen".