IAS: Invaluable contribution of Sardar Patel

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday flagged off a run to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

One of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s great contributions was the creation of the Indian Administrative Service, which was once a ‘mission’ but had now become a ‘commission’ for some, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said today.

Contribution of Sardar Patel for India 

  • Sardar Patel was a selfless leader, who placed the country’s interests above everything else and shaped India’s destiny with single-minded devotion.
  • Diplomacy and pragmatic approach prevented the Balkanisation of the country and ensured the merger of more than 560 princely states with the Union of India at a critical and most turbulent period in the history of the country.
  • Patel’s exhortations to probationers to maintain “utmost impartiality and incorruptibility in administration” were as relevant today as they were then.
  • Concern about border security: Patel conceptualized some of the greatest policies to keep our country secured from border countries’ attack. He wrote a letter to Nehru, pointing out few facts like as:

o   Cautioning him about the threat to India and impending war from China.

o   The need for strengthening defense force.

o   Examining and reshuffling the military position in various borders.

o   Strengthening Northern and North-Eastern frontier.

o   Improvement of transport and communication in these border areas


His Life in brief

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born in 1875 at Karamsad, a village in Kaira district in Gujarat. He was a farmer coming from a farmer’s family. At school, he was a naughty and mischievous boy. In due course, he passed his matriculation examination and after some years he passed the Law examination.
  • Sardar Patel, as the most important member of the Central Parliamentary Board, controlled with a firm hand the Congress Ministries in the seven provinces. In 1947, India was partitioned into Pakistan and free India.
  • Sardar Patel became free India’s first deputy Prime Minister, pandit Jawaharlal Nehru being the first Prime Minister. He was in charge of the Home Department and administered law and order.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India, also considered to be the architect of modern India, has been in news recently with the announcement by the finance minister that Rs. 200 crore in the budget has been set aside to erect a large statue of this great man in Gujarat. 

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