PM Modi pays rich tribute to ‘iron man’ Sardar Patel on his 141st birth anniversary

Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Indian Republic, played a key role in the country's struggle for independence.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 31, 2016 3:44 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid rich tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 141st birth anniversary. The day is being celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day). “I bow to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. We recall his rich contribution to India,” PM Modi said on his official Twitter handle.

PM Modi also offered floral tributes at Sardar Patel’s statue at Patel Chowk in Delhi’s Parliament Street.

 

Earlier on Sunday, PM Modi had highlighted the contribution of Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as the Iron Man of India, in uniting the country during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme. The Prime Minister pointed out that Vallabhbhai Patel contributed significantly in strengthening the cooperative movement in the country, adding that the country’s first home minister dedicated himself to the welfare of farmers.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary. While addressing the nation via his popular radio programme, he, however, lamented at the turn of events in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. “But on Sardar’s birthday, history remembers how Sikh people all over the country faced violence and pain after Indira Gandhi’s assassination,” he had said.

Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Indian Republic, played a key role in the country’s struggle for independence. He is known for successfully integrating hundreds of princely states with the Indian union with great skill and masterful diplomacy.

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First Published on: October 31, 2016 8:50 am
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    Chander Pal
    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:35 am
    Absurdity has no limits. Every Congi every leftists every sick sickular is against RSS. Anyway Sardar Patel unified 565 big and small princely states and that fact can not be challenged by any one. About china he had warned Nehru a few months before his death in a letter that we trust china whereas china never trusts us.
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      MyTake
      Oct 31, 2016 at 6:09 am
      How many congie or Commie were seen?
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        SubbuI
        Oct 31, 2016 at 6:36 am
        HALLO, NALAYAK NMODI .ENOUGH OF SARDAR PATEL KHOON KI DALALI. NOW YOU GO TO SRINAGAR AND MAKE EFFORT TO SOVE KASHMIR PROBLEM WHICH IS BURNING VIRTUALLY YOU ARE THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA INCLUDING KASMIR. IT IS YOUR PRILIMINALY YOUR RESPONSIBLITY. IF YOU CAN NOT DO LEAVE THE PM POST. PHOTO UP, SELFIE. CHEST THUMBING, SURGICAL CONTROL KI I. MANN KI BAATH, SANDEH2 SOLDIERS ALL ARE ENOUGH, ENOUGH. ENOUGH. DO YOUR DUTY FOR WHICH YOU GOT ELECTED THAT TOO BY SELLING DREAMS.
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          Tapan
          Oct 31, 2016 at 4:26 am
          Time to fulfil Sardar's dream ... make Kashmir (all of it) an integral part of India. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Execute the plan firmly and ensure stan never dare look at India again, let alone consider terrorist attacks. Push Pak army back to Islamabad.
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            BIMAL CHANDRA
            Oct 31, 2016 at 3:55 am
            This is very unfortunate that our Prime Minister paid rich tribute to Sardar Patel, but remembered only Smt. hi's ination and Sikh riot. Admittedly Sikh riot was a slur on Indian democracy, but Mrs. hi was not responsible for it. This happened all of sudden because the govt. at the centre was vacuum after the unfortunate ination of Smt. hi. Her sacrifice for the cause of nation was supreme and history can not forget her sacrifice.
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              Binoy Mathew
              Oct 31, 2016 at 7:07 am
              There he goes again, sick
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                KP Pillai
                Oct 31, 2016 at 9:06 am
                Born badly, grown badly, live badly and will die badly.
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                  KP Pillai
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 8:18 am
                  Insane !!
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                    KP Pillai
                    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:35 am
                    More than sacrifice, she enjo the life in the spirit of inheritance. People were less literate, poverty level was very high, development, communication and current affair knowledge of public was almost zero. People loved her charismatic appearance and she took advantage of it. In many parts of northern India, especially in rural areas of UP, where electric and water is still a dream, they still believe that India belongs to the 'Royal' family of Nehru and India was freed by them to the public !!! Yes, it was an unfortunate incident she was shot dead by the guards. But level of sacrifice to claim, is not tall.
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                      mumbikar
                      Oct 31, 2016 at 5:35 am
                      Funny he did not mention Sardar patel banning the Rss 2 times and why he did it ? Ashamed ? Or selective memory ?
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                        NEO
                        Oct 31, 2016 at 5:56 am
                        Awesome sir... they still kept the poverty , illiteracy, etc in UP and WB and biherr...
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                          NEO
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 5:58 am
                          think fortunate, that at least He remebered her with her hybrid inherited surname...
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                            NEO
                            Oct 31, 2016 at 5:54 am
                            to protect RSS, from british agent called nahroooo... AND, See today, where is the hybrid anglo keshmiri dynasty, and where is The RSS...
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                              Sivakumar N
                              Oct 31, 2016 at 4:57 am
                              If Otto von Bismarck was the driving force behind the unification of the German Empire, who successfully transformed an array of states into a powerful and unified Germany. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This man was driving force behind uniting thousands of quarreling princely state brought them in to one union, which larger than getting independent from British . lt;br/gt;his effort and vision as what he has done to this country , very little effort was made , meager awareness among new generation to understand Sardar Patel.
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                                Rajeev
                                Oct 31, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                I do not support the wrong wording used . Pls respect the chair
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                                  G Rajendra
                                  Oct 31, 2016 at 8:25 am
                                  This BJP and RSS pla important role in parioning India in 1947 along with british (history)......Ha ha....Now they are talking about unity by the name of a congress leader.. Crocodile tears.
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                                    Sridhar
                                    Oct 31, 2016 at 6:42 am
                                    The w history of India would have changed if Sardar Vallabhai Patel has taken over as Prime Minister instead of Nehru.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A great person and what he did for the Kings of various territories including Kashmir to be part of India is great.
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                                      Sinai
                                      Oct 31, 2016 at 11:12 am
                                      stop lieing ..suits the pseudos
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                                        Sinai
                                        Oct 31, 2016 at 11:13 am
                                        you only ready congress made history, go read real history
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                                          s s nair
                                          Oct 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                                          I pray God to rest the soul of Sardar in peace ignoring the anarchy Modi has created all over India.
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                                            usam
                                            Oct 31, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                            RSS supported British during freedom struggle. Can they name RSS freedom fighters? RSS iconSavarkar when jailed pledged his support for British and asked for pardon. Savarkar even recruited Indians to fight for British against Bose during WW2. Another RSS icon shyama prasad mukherjee wrote letter to British to CRUSH indias quit india movement. Vajpayee ratted out REAL FREEDOM FIGHTER to British during Quit India protests. Gol-walkar asked all RSS to NOT take part in Quit India movement. Bose HATED communal minded RSS type folks so much that he banned them from congress. Bhagat Singh was a communist who HATED communal groups like RSS.
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