For this reason October 31st (his birthday) is celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Divas (National Unity Day).
Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was one of India’s towering leaders, whose contribution to the Indian Republic is immense. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi to join the freedom struggle, Patel was at the forefront of the Quit India movement, and was arrested by the British a number of times. After Independence, he served as India’s first home minister and deputy prime minister. A successful lawyer, he used his legendary negotiation skills to unite the 550 princely states and colonial provinces under the Union of India, to create the nation we know today.
He was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India. Patel passed his matriculation when he was about 22 years old.He wasn’t interested in politics initially. It was after meeting Gandhi in 1917 that he was motivated to quit his job and join the Independence struggle. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel advocated Swaraj or self-rule and organised peasants in Gujarat in non-violent civil disobedience against the British.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worked extensively for the rights of minorities and women, and against untouchability and caste discrimination.He is credited for the political integration of over 500 princely states into the independent Indian Union.