Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister of India, was known as “Sardar” (chief) for his ability to guide the nation through many difficult times, including the 1947 India-Pakistan War and the integration of the princely states. His birth anniversary is celebrated as National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
The Date of celebration
The Central government of India announced in 2014 that October 31 would be the new National Unity Day. The statement read, “This will offer a chance to reinforce the innate power and toughness of our country to confront the real and possible dangers to the unity, integrity, and safety of our nation.”
Learn about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Vallabhbhai Patel had the ability to lead the nation through the independence movement and beyond, particularly during the integration of the princely states and the India-Pakistan War of 1947. This is why, he was given the title of “Sardar” (chief). Sardar Patel pulled off the amazing achievement of convincing nearly all 565 princely states that had gained independence from British rule to join the Union of India. He also gained the title “Iron Man of India” for his dedication to the national integration of the recently independent nation.