Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a pivotal role in channelling India’s unity exhibiting his multifaceted leadership. He had a crucial role in building India in the post-independence years. Sardar Patel pursued the practice of ‘Su-raaj’, meaning good governance, as India’s first Home and Deputy Prime Minister.
Much before his foray into the freedom struggle one can see the force of his iron will-power in his passionate pursuit of law as a career. Gifted with an ingenious mind, Sardar always wanted to become a barrister. However, in those days, to realise this dream, one had to go to England.
Sardar Patel’s foray into the freedom struggle was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi when they met at a meeting in Godhra. From then on, they became friends and Patel started following Mahatma Gandhi’s activities, especially after his success in the Champaran Satyagraha.
Paving the way for a clean and planned administration for Ahmedabad, Sardar was further involved in the administration of the city. Prior to joining the freedom movement, he was elected in Ahmedabad Municipality by one vote from Dariyapur Constituency on January 5, 1917, when he was still pursuing his legal practice.
After the successful Kheda Satyagraha, Nagpur Flag Satyagraha and Borsad Satyagraha, in 1928 Sardar Patel took up cudgels on behalf of the farmers in Bardoli once again who opposed an arbitrary increase in land taxes. In another resounding victory over the draconian British taxation rules