BHOPAL: Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal on Friday organised screening of a documentary based on life and works of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.
Patel played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation. Soon after the Indian Independence, 565 princely states, some of which were ruled by Maharajas and others by Nawabs, started believing they would become independent rulers of their kingdoms as in the pre-British era. They argued that the government of free India should treat them as equals.
It was Sardar Patel’s insight, wisdom and diplomacy that drove sense into the minds of the monarchs who agreed accession to the Indian Republic.
He was called the “Iron Man of India”, and was often addressed as “Sardar” which means “Chief” or “Leader” in many languages of India. His birth anniversary is celebrated as National Unity Day.