The narrative of recent India would be preliminary without the remark of one man who is often defined as the designer of Modern Bharat. We are talking about the famous Iron Man Of India – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. A patriot, freedom fighter, and legislator, Sardar Patel is attributed to intertwine the lenient union of 565 dignified states after liberation to formulate an integrated Indian Union as it exists presently. An originator of the Republic of India, Sardar Patel was administered as the first Home Minister of Independent India supervising it through the tough days of the compartment and the new beginning of sovereignty.
The words from the Iron Man are hard-hitting and justify his nature. His quotes indicate his nationalism, allegiance, and conception of a fresh India after independence which operates for the equivalence and autonomy of people irrespective of caste, nationality, gender, belief, etc.
These are some of the shortlisted quotes by Sardar Patel:
“There is something unique in this soil, which despite many obstacles has always remained the abode of great souls.”
India is known for the production of the greatest souls. It is known for the supreme presence of philosophy and despite various invasions, India remains the most divine and pious country in the entire world. We have scientists, playwrights, authors, poets, filmmakers, monks, etc. The soil in India has become more precious due to the sacrifices of sons in the war and that bloodshed has united everyone. Indians have the tendency to serve others and this servitude has been preached by acharyas. India is evolving and will unravel every mystery of life with the same nature of hospitality.
“Every citizen of India must remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in this country but with certain duties.”
Indians must not forget their identity. British people have impacted the lifestyle of Indians. People these days are enthusiastic to study foreign cultures but aren’t aware of Indian ethics. It is our responsibility to experience every right but under certain circumstances.
“Work is undoubtedly worship but laughter is life. Anyone who takes life too seriously must prepare himself for a miserable existence. Anyone who greets joys and sorrows with equal facility can get the best of life.”
What is life is the most basic question and becomes an existential crisis if not resolved properly. Life is not about serious faces and miseries but is about smiling and tackling difficult situations. If we want to take a sigh of relief then we must develop ourselves in a way where we aren’t afraid about the wounds but are ready with solutions in the form of metaphoric turmeric.
“The negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but if it has the whole-hearted cooperation of all on board it can be safely brought to port.”
Negligence leads to destruction and togetherness offers strength to settle any kind of issue.
“Non-violence has to be observed in thought, word, and deed. The measure of our non-violence will be the measure of our success.”
The disciples of Gandhi somewhat contradict their determination towards the thoughts of Mahatma. They proudly say We follow Gandhiji but at times start fighting with someone and hit someone just to prove their point. Following something for namesake is meaningless. If we want to follow then we should have unflinching faith in the words and those words must become our actions.
“A war based on Satyagraha is always of two kinds. One is the war we wage against injustice, and the other we fight our weaknesses.”
Every time we fought against others but at the same time, we are actually fighting with ourselves also. So our flaw must be transformed into our plus point during this war.
“Faith is of no avail in absence of strength. Faith and strength, both are essential to accomplish any great work.”
Faith and strength are the two sides of the same coin as for obtaining something we need to have faith in our calibre and if we have faith in our capabilities then only we realize our strengths. When both of the elements come together, they give birth to a beautiful victory.
“Take to the path of dharma – the path of truth and justice. Don’t misuse your valour. Remain united. March forward in all humility, but fully awake to the situation you face, demanding your rights and firmness.”
India is a country where righteousness is practised. Lord Ram, Lord Krishna advised everyone to follow the path of dharma as it is the only truth and supreme way of living life.