67 Facts About Vallabhbhai Patel

1. Vallabhbhai Patel organized bonfires in various places of Ahmedabad and set all his English clothes and commodities on fire.

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2. At that time, Vallabhbhai Patel was playing bridge in the club and didn't go to listen to Mahatma Gandhi.

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3. At the age of 36, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel went to England to study Law.

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4. Vallabhbhai Patel read the note and pocketed it and continued his work.

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5. Vallabhbhai Patel was a selfless leader, who placed the country's interests above everything else and shaped India's destiny with single-minded devotion.

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6. Vallabhbhai Patel had a Hindu heart but he ruled with an impartial and secular hand.

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7. Vallabhbhai Patel guided the cooperative movements in Gujarat and helped in setting up of the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers' Union which proved to be a game changer for the dairy farming throughout the country.

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8. Vallabhbhai Patel held the second-most powerful position in the Council, heading the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Information and Broadcasting.

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9. Vallabhbhai Patel worked extensively against alcohol consumption, untouchability, caste discrimination and for women emancipation in Gujarat and outside.

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10. Vallabhbhai Patel was at his persuasive best when he spoke at the Gwalia Tank ground in Mumbai to launch the nation-wide civil disobedience movement in 1942 at the behest of Mahatma Gandhi.

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11. Vallabhbhai Patel practised law at Godhra, Borsad, and Anand in Gujarat, after passing the bar examination.

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12. Vallabhbhai Patel was born in Nadiad, Gujarat, on October 31, 1875.

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13. Vallabhbhai Patel was the second candidate after Gandhi to the presidency of the 1929 Lahore session of the Indian National Congress.

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14. Vallabhbhai Patel disagreed with Jawaharlal Nehru on the need to bring about economic and social changes by coercion.

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15. Vallabhbhai Patel held that it would be abortive and would entail severe repression.

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16. Vallabhbhai Patel adhered to Gandhi's satyagraha insofar as it furthered the Indian struggle against the British.

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17. Vallabhbhai Patel was born into a self-sufficient landowning family of the Leva Patidar caste.

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18. Vallabhbhai Patel is the namesake of many public institutions in India.

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19. Vallabhbhai Patel was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 1991.

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20. Vallabhbhai Patel was criticised by supporters of Subhas Chandra Bose for acting coercively to put down politicians not supportive of Gandhi.

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21. Vallabhbhai Patel was said to be more forgiving of Indian nationalism and harsher on Pakistan.

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22. Vallabhbhai Patel told Nehru that the minority had to remove the doubts that were entertained about their loyalty based on their past association with the demand of Pakistan.

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23. Vallabhbhai Patel was criticised by Maulana Azad and others for readily supporting partition.

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24. Vallabhbhai Patel rejected Nehru's views and endorsed Tandon in Gujarat, where Kripalani received not one vote despite hailing from that state himself.

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25. Vallabhbhai Patel was the last man to privately talk with Gandhi, who was assassinated just minutes after Patel's departure.

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26. Vallabhbhai Patel was intensely loyal to Gandhi, and both he and Nehru looked to him to arbitrate disputes.

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27. Vallabhbhai Patel reminded them that the ICS was no longer neither Imperial, nor civil, nor imbued with any spirit of service after Independence.

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28. Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the creation of the All India Services which he described as the country's "Steel Frame".

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29. Vallabhbhai Patel gave emotional speeches to members of Parliament, and the people of West Bengal, and spoke with scores of delegations of Congressmen, Hindus, Muslims, and other public interest groups, persuading them to give peace a final effort.

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30. Vallabhbhai Patel strongly criticised Nehru's plan to sign a pact that would create minority commissions in both countries and pledge both India and Pakistan to a commitment to protect each other's minorities.

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31. Vallabhbhai Patel pledged the reconstruction of the ancient but dilapidated Somnath Temple in Saurashtra.

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32. Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the founding the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, and for his defence of Indian civil servants from political attack; he is known as the "patron saint" of India's services.

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33. Vallabhbhai Patel held personal dialogues with leaders of other minorities on the question, and was responsible for the measure that allows the president to appoint Anglo-Indians to Parliament.

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34. Vallabhbhai Patel worked closely with Muslim leaders to end separate electorates and the more potent demand for reservation of seats for minorities.

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35. Vallabhbhai Patel was a key force behind the appointment of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar as the chairman of the drafting committee, and the inclusion of leaders from a diverse political spectrum in the process of writing the constitution.

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36. Vallabhbhai Patel was a senior leader in the Constituent Assembly of India and was responsible in large measure for shaping India's constitution.

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37. Vallabhbhai Patel insisted that if Hyderabad were allowed to continue as an independent nation enclave surrounded by India, the prestige of the government would fall, and then neither Hindus nor Muslims would feel secure in its realm.

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38. Vallabhbhai Patel sent the Army to occupy three principalities of Junagadh to show his resolve.

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39. Vallabhbhai Patel combined diplomacy with force, demanding that Pakistan annul the accession, and that the Nawab accede to India.

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40. Vallabhbhai Patel is, in this regard, compared to Otto von Bismarck of Germany, who did the same thing in the 1860s.

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41. Vallabhbhai Patel assured the community leaders that if they worked to establish peace and order and guarantee the safety of Muslims, the Indian government would react forcefully to any failures of Pakistan to do the same.

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42. Vallabhbhai Patel severely criticised the viceroy's induction of League ministers into the government, and the revalidation of the grouping scheme by the British without Congress's approval.

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43. Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the first Congress leaders to accept the partition of India as a solution to the rising Muslim separatist movement led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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44. Vallabhbhai Patel engaged the British envoys Sir Stafford Cripps and Lord Pethick-Lawrence and obtained an assurance that the "grouping" clause would not be given practical force, Patel converted Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, and Rajagopalachari to accept the plan.

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45. Vallabhbhai Patel was arrested on 9August and was imprisoned with the entire Congress Working Committee from 1942 to 1945 at the fort in Ahmednagar.

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46. Vallabhbhai Patel opposed the proposals of the Cripps' mission in 1942.

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47. Vallabhbhai Patel participated in Gandhi's call for individual disobedience, and was arrested in 1940 and imprisoned for nine months.

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48. Vallabhbhai Patel promptly handed the money over to the Vithalbhai Memorial Trust.

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49. Vallabhbhai Patel led senior Congress leaders in a protest that resulted in Bose's resignation.

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50. Vallabhbhai Patel clashed with Nehru, opposing declarations of the adoption of socialism at the 1936 Congress session, which he believed was a diversion from the main goal of achieving independence.

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51. Vallabhbhai Patel used his position as Congress president to organise the return of confiscated land to farmers in Gujarat.

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52. Vallabhbhai Patel organised volunteers, camps, and an information network across affected areas.

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53. Vallabhbhai Patel fought for the recognition and payment of teachers employed in schools established by nationalists and even took on sensitive Hindu–Muslim issues.

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54. Vallabhbhai Patel was elected Ahmedabad's municipal president in 1922, 1924, and 1927.

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55. Vallabhbhai Patel supported Gandhi's non-cooperation Movement and toured the state to recruit more than 300,000 members and raise over Rs.

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56. Vallabhbhai Patel raised his children with the help of his family and sent them to English-language schools in Mumbai.

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57. Vallabhbhai Patel broke the news to others only after the proceedings had ended.

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58. Vallabhbhai Patel was the first chairman and founder of "Edward Memorial High School" Borsad, today known as Jhaverbhai Dajibhai Patel High School.

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59. Vallabhbhai Patel practised law in Godhra, Borsad, and Anand while taking on the financial burdens of his homestead in Karamsad.

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60. Vallabhbhai Patel cared for a friend suffering from the Bubonic plague when it swept across Gujarat.

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61. Vallabhbhai Patel travelled to attend schools in Nadiad, Petlad, and Borsad, living self-sufficiently with other boys.

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62. Vallabhbhai Patel belonged to the Leuva Patel Patidar community of Central Gujarat, although the Leuva Patels and Kadava Patels have claimed him as one of their own.

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63. Vallabhbhai Patel is remembered as the "patron saint of India's civil servants" for having established the modern all-India services system.

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64. Vallabhbhai Patel was appointed as the 49th President of Indian National Congress, organising the party for elections in 1934 and 1937 while promoting the Quit India Movement.

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65. Vallabhbhai Patel was raised in the countryside of state of Telangana.

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66. Vallabhbhai Patel acted as de facto Commander-in-chief of the Indian army during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.

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67. Vallabhbhai Patel served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.

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