Model Question and Answers for APSC | Discuss the significance of the role played by Sardar Patel in Modern India.

Discuss the significance of the role played by Sardar Patel in Modern India.

Model Question and Answers for APSC | Discuss the significance of the role played by Sardar Patel in Modern India.

Ans: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is one of those few great men who steered the struggle for India's freedom and also moulded India's destiny during the most vital period of her newly gained independence.

Strengthening the freedom struggle:

  1. He provided one of the strongest supports to Gandhiji in India’s freedom struggle: like in the Kheda Satyagraha of 1918, and the Bardoli Satyagraha in 1928
  2. He presided over the 1931 Congress session when Irwin-Pact was to be He ensured consensus over the Gandhi-Irwin pact.
  3. He was one of the many lawyers in major leaders of Indian freedom struggles who gave up their practice during the Non-cooperation Khilafat movement.

 

Forging the nation together after independence:

  1. He became the first Deputy Prime Minister of India after independence and was responsible for the Home, States and the Information and Broadcasting portfolios.
  2. He tackled the most intricate and baffling problem of the Princely States' integration into the Union of India. This also led to bringing democracy to nearly 80 million people of India, comprising almost 27 per cent of the country's population.
  3. As Minister of Home Affairs, he brought back order and peace to a country ravaged by communal strife unprecedented in its history.
  4. He sorted out the problems of partition, restored law and order and dealt with the rehabilitation of thousands of refugees with great courage and foresight.
  5. He reorganised the civil services and formed a new Indian Administrative Service to provide a stable administrative base to the newly independent India

 

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was thus one of the chief architects and guardians of India's freedom and his contribution towards consolidating the freedom of the country remains unrivalled. Therefore, he is known as the Iron Man of India and was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna.