I would like to bring to notice the instrumental efforts made by this illustrious personality towards the unity and integration of India. Sardar Patel was one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India and a social leader who played an unmatched role in our country’s struggle for independence. He was most influential in his role as a leader at the forefront of rebellions and political events, promoting the Quit India Movement. He was also idolised by the farmers whom he helped overcome oppressive policies imposed by the British Raj.


Known for the powerful move undertaken to restore peace across the nation, Patel took charge of his decision to forge a unified India from the British colonial provinces allocated to India and more than five hundred self-governed princely states. Popularly known as the Iron Man of India, he is also fondly remembered as the “Patron Saint” of India’s civil servants for creating the modern all-India services. He was given the title “Sardar” as it complies with the meaning “Chief”.

It is with immense pride for the country that an inauguration ceremony of the National Museum dedicated to Sardar Patel’s life was convened at Ahmedabad. To build upon the importance of the Statue of Unity, as envisioned by honourable CM of Gujarat Narendra Modi, I ask my fellow brothers and sisters to pay a heartfelt tribute to the Iron Man of India. Through the strong will and determination of Modiji, the foundation of the World’s Tallest statue (182 metres) of Sardar Patel has been laid near the Sardar Sarovar dam.

The proposal for the construction of the Statue of Unity requires every single village of the country to become a part of this noble task by donating a used iron farm tool for the incorporation of this grand monument. It is with great faith that I believe this statue shall serve as an inspiration of unity for students, statesmen, future leaders and civil society of the generations to come. I share Modiji’s sentiments as expressed through his speech at the inauguration of the Sardar Patel memorial.