Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day on October 31st marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also referred to as the ironman of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the 182 metre tall Statue of Unity and paid floral tributes on the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. The Statue of Unity is located at the Kevadiya in Narmada district which was part of the schedule of PM Modi’s two day Gujarat visit.
India pays homage to Sardar Patel. Watch from Kevadia. https://t.co/nU3CKUHygg
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2020
Other leaders across the country too paid tribute to India’s ironman with old pictures also resurfacing on social media. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad described Sardar Patel as the great architect of modern and united India.
Today we celebrate National Unity Day on the 145th birth anniversary of #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel Ji.
My tribute to the great architect of Modern and United India "Iron Man" Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Ji who played a crucial role in the unification of India. pic.twitter.com/k9qNgHDngM
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 31, 2020
Pay homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. His extraordinary dedication to nation building will continue to inspire generations. Today on #RashtriyaEktaDiwas – National Unity Day- we honour his work and thoughts. pic.twitter.com/ZUXYtyo6e0
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 31, 2020
Telangana: Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy pays floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary in Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/F6w9QgZoHr
— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2020
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with the first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan on the first Republic Day | 26 January, 1950 pic.twitter.com/EdXslROezF
— Rashtrapati Bhavan Archives (@RBArchive) October 31, 2020
Sardar Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India and also the first Home Minister in the cabinet. The national freedom fighter is credited for playing a crucial role in integrating 562 princely states to form the Republic of India. India’s ironman had a vision of people within the country irrespective of caste, creed, religion, ethnicity or gender.
Here are ten powerful quotes by Sardar Patel:
- “Non-violence has to be observed in thought, word and deed. The measure of our non-violence will be the measure of our success.”
- “Faith is of no avail in absence of strength. Faith and strength, both are essential to accomplish any great work.”
- “A war based on Satyagraha is always of two kinds. One is the war we wage against injustice, and the other we fight our won weaknesses.”
- “Two ways of building character – cultivating the strength to challenge oppression, and tolerate the resultant hardships that give rise to courage and awareness.”
- “Little pools of water tend to become stagnant and useless, but if they are joined together to form a big lake the atmosphere is cooled and there is universal benefit.”
- “My only desire is that India should be a god producer and no one should be hungry, shedding tears for food in the country.”
- “Manpower without unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.”
- “The negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but if it has the wholehearted co-operation of all on board it can be safely brought to the part.”
- “Take to the path of dharma – the path of truth and justice. Don’t misuse your valor. Remain united. March forward in all humility, but fully awake to the situation you face, demanding your rights and firmness.”
- “Every Indian should now forget that he is a Rajput, a Sikh or a Jat. He must remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in his country but with certain duties.”