Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was believed to be the Bismarck of modern India, is the architect of independent India by uniting 562 princely states. The first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India, Vallabhbhai Patel is acclaimed across the world for introducing several reforms besides taking bold decisions. One amongst them is not considering Lord Mountbatten's advice to refer Junagadh issue to the UNO and convincing the Indian government to accept the accession of Junagadh State.
Mr Patel, popularly known as the ''Iron Man of India'', earned this name because of his iron will, which is a quality that inspired many students specifically the Civil Services' aspirants. To commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, we have decided to list the best quotes that can inspire students to excel in academics and advance in their career.
My only desire is that India should be a god producer and no one should be hungry, shedding tears for food in the country.
The negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but if it has the wholehearted co-operation of all on board it can be safely brought to part.
It is the prime responsibility of every citizen to feel that his country is free and to defend it freedom is his duty. Every Indian should now forget that he is a Rajput, a Sikh or a Jat. He must remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in his country but with certain duties.
There is something unique in this soil, which despite many obstacles has always remained the abode of great souls.
Manpower without unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.
Faith is of no evil in absence of strength. Faith and strength, both are essential to accomplish any great work.
It is in my nature to be a friend of the friendless.
A war based on Satyagraha is always of two kinds. One is the war we wage against injustice, and the other we fight our own weaknesses.
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.
By common endeavor we can raise the country to a new greatness, while a lack of unity will expose us to fresh calamities.
We have to shed mutual bickering, shed the difference of being high or low, develop a sense of equality and banish untouchability. We have to restore the conditions of Swaraj prevalent prior to British rule. We have to live like children of the same father.
Little pools of water tend to become stagnant and useless, but if they are joined together to form a big lake the atmosphere is cooled and there is universal benefit. (Image credits: Statue of Unity)