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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Biography




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Sardar Patel Statue of Unity :

In order to honour the pivotal contribution of Sardar Patel in integrating India,after independence, by uniting 562 princely states, Government of India is planning to build a 182 metres (597 ft) tall statue of Sardar Patel. It will be the world's tallest statue and will be built directly facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km away on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Vadodara in Gujarat. The total cost of the whole project will be Rs 2,979 crore.


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He is popularly known by two names, the ‘Iron Man of India’ and ‘Bismarck of India’.

For his leadership activities and the ability to lead thousands of people, he was given the forename ‘Sardar’.

He was instrumental in the founding the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service and is therefore known as the ‘Patron Saint’ of India's services.

He successfully completed the uphill task of unifying the princely states of India to join the Indian union. He persuaded the princes of 565 states to accede to India.

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