Our tribute to Sardar Patel on his Birth anniversary .
‘There is something unique in this soil,
Which despite many obstacles,
Has always remained,
The abode of great souls.’
– Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
One such great soul was Bharat Ratna Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who with his far-sighted vision and great oratory skills was able to reconcile the 550 princely states of India which gained him the sobriquet, ‘Iron Man of India’. Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was born on 31st October 1875,in Nadiad village of Bombay Presidency to Jhaverbhai Patel and Ladbai, who never knew that their son would grow up to become such a great visionary. Patel has served as the first deputy prime minister of India, and also as the Home minister during political integration of India and during the Indo-Pak War of 1947. He was a great disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and has always headed the nation towards self rule. He led the Satyagraha of Bardoli in 1928 which resulted in great success to make the British believe that their ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy had been overruled by Indians. His contribution to Indian freedom has been unmatched and unparalleled. His moniker ‘Unifier of India’ is evident of his contribution and vigour that he devoted to make his country free from the bondage of the British.
Our reputed school held an essay writing competition for classes V to IX on the National Unity Day. We had to write on one of the five topics, each describing Patel’s vital role in history of Indian independence. We wrote our essays during the one hour long Class Teacher’s Period at 11 am. Before that, we took a pledge, resolving to lead our nation into an abyss of perpetual prosperity and exhilaration, which was read out by our class teacher. We had been instructed to bring A4 sheets to write our essay on. It was compulsory for all students to participate to help teachers bring out the creative essayists in all of us. A day before the competition, our English teacher elucidated to us through a Power point presentation, on Patel and his numerous contributions to our country. This set the stage for us to know that the soil on which we are born has given birth to such charismatic, dynamic and virtuous personalities and visionaries. After our essays were written and the number of words were counted (as we believed that exceeding the word limit could put us in a dangerous position and could mean that our hard work could go waste), we submitted the essays to our class teacher and most of the students rushed out to play out in the corridors it was lunch break.
The students wrote about Patel’s achievements, contribution, the brotherly equation he shared with Gandhi and all the information they could muster. This essay writing competition made us believe that there is a Sardar Patel and Gandhi in all of us, the wait is just of realizing this fact. Once we do so, we all can be called true citizens of India.
“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 with certain duties.”- As said by Sardar Patel is the need of the hour. All Indians should realize the duties they levy upon themselves along with the facilities and rights they enjoy, being a citizen of India.
Let us keep the Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi inside us awake and always work for the welfare of the paradise we live in, our beloved motherland, our Incredible India.
D.P.S. North Kolkata.