Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is popularly known as Sardar Patel and he is known for his contribution towards India. After the independence, he also became the deputy Prime Minister of the Independent India and that makes him the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was an integral part of Indian National Congress and his main contribution lies in integrating the Indian princely states to form a stronger and united India.
Talking about his early life, it is known that he was born in Gujarat and most of his childhood was spent in Gujarat. After completing his education, he decided to become a lawyer and he followed his dreams. He helped Indians by organizing peaceful revolts against Britishers for their hostile policies towards India and that lead to his rise in Indian National Congress. He was one of the major facesof the Quit India Movement. He had a very tough life where he really struggled hard to save money and make a living. During the bubonic plague epidemic, he was also infected and at that point in time, he decided to send his family far away so as to ensure that they do not contact any disease from him. In the later years, he got married to Jhaverba and few years after the marriage, Jhaverba died of cancer during a surgery. It is known that during the whole incident, Sardar Patel was examining a witness in court and the news was shared with him through a note. This had no emotional impact on him and he carried on with his duty. This shows his dedication towards the work. In the later years, Sardar Patel got married again and raised his children with the second wife.
At the time of crisis after independence, he was quick to make arrangements to provide relief to the refugees who were moving from one place to another. His efforts helped in ensuring that the national peace is not disturbed and in the later years, his main aim was to integrate the country. When Britishers left the country, they left with several colonial provinces and at that time, there were over 565 princely states which had their own governing principals. It was then Sardar Patel who decided to pursue each and every princely state to accede the area to India without any deployment of India. He also had an option to deploy military but that was only used where it was truly necessary to use force. And as you know, Sardar Patel succeeded in unifying India. It surely took him a lot of time to do so but his aim was achieved. Because of this, he is often referred to as the Iron Man of India or the Unifier of India.
There are no official records of his birthday but as per his college, his birthdate was 31 October. Today, this date is celebrated as NationalUnity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. This whole concept is new as it was introduced by BJP lead government in 2014.