31 October/ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s official date of birth is 31 October 1875. He was born at Nadiad in Gujarat. A Barrister by profession, he was a staunch believer in equality and, he stood up for the empowerment of women. Popularly known the world over as ‘The Iron Man of India’, Sardar Patel was instrumental in integrating more than 562 princely states into India. He was also the first Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army. In 1991, Sardar Patel was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna and in 2014, in recognition of his role in a ‘unified India’, the Government declared that 31st October will be celebrated as ‘National Unity Day’ or ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ in India. The world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, in Kevadia colony of Narmada district, depicts Sardar Patel. It symbolises the unification of India and is a tribute to The Iron Man of India. Sardar Patel passed away on 15 December 1950.
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