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Attempts in the past to run down contribution of Patel: Modi

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on October 31, 2017

PM Modi flagged off a run to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

In a veiled attack on the Congress ahead of Gujarat polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that some parties and governments in the past have tried to run down and erase the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in unifying the country immediately after Independence.

Flagging off a run to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Patel, Modi said due to the statesmanship and political acumen of the country’s first home minister, India is united today despite the colonial rulers’ wish that it was disintegrated into smaller states after Independence.

“There have been attempts to run down Patel, to ensure that the contribution of Patel is forgotten. But Sardar is Sardar, whether any government or any party recognises his contribution or not but the nation and the youth will not forget him,” he said without naming any government or party.

Modi’s comment bears significance as it came ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat, the state Patel belonged to.

Paying rich tribute to Patel, the Prime Minister said that he had not only saved the country from the difficulties being faced immediately after Independence, but succeeded in uniting the whole nation.

“The British government wished that India was disintegrated into smaller states. But Patel used all means (Sam, dam, dand, bhed, rajneeti, kutneeti) and succeeded in uniting all princely states into a single nation within a very small span of time,” he said.

Modi said that generation after generation of Indians will continue to remember Patel, particularly the youth, who will carry forward his legacy. “The youth of India respects him and his contribution towards the building of our nation,” he noted.

The ‘Run for Unity’, which began from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.

The 1.5 km run here came to an end near the India Gate C–Hexagon–Shah Jahan Road radial.

Hockey player Sardar Singh said that the event is a commendable initiative to showcase the country’s unity and integrity. Gymnast Deepa Karmakar said that she was proud to be part of the run, which is being organised to remember the contributions of Patel in unifying the country.

Several union ministers, including Ananth Kumar, Vijay Goel, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Hardeep Puri, senior officials and others also participated in the event.

“Must remain united”

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid floral tributes to Patel on Parliament street where his statue is installed.

The prime minister said everyone in the country is proud of Patel’s contribution to India before it attained freedom and during the early years after the nation became independent. “We salute Sardar Patel on his Jayanti. His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten,” he said.

Stressing that the diversity is India’s strength, Modi said that there are many languages, religion, culture, customs, lifestyles and food habits. “But these are our strength and these are our bright future. India is proud of our diversity,” he said.

The prime minister said first President of India Rajendra Prasad had said that India has become a united nation only due to administrative acumen and strong leadership of Patel but the country was not giving him due respect.

“Rajendra Babu must be happy now, wherever is his soul, that we are remembering the contribution of Patel even though some people tried to run down and erase his contribution.The nation will continue to remember Patel,” he said.

Modi said in some countries, people of the same faith are even not ready to tolerate each other and want to harm and kill each other. But in India, there is diversity yet all are united. “Our country must remain united. It is the responsibility of the 125 crore people to ensure that India remains united,” he said.

At the beginning of his speech, Modi also paid tribute to former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.

Paying tribute to Patel, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said apart from uniting the nation, Patel also succeeded in facing the challenge of communal violence which broke out soon after the Independence.

“Sardar Patel was the main force behind upholding India’s unity and integrity at the time of Independence,” he said.

Patel was born on October 31, 1875, and passed away on December 15, 1950. The central government observes October 31 as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

Published on October 31, 2017

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