Unity is strength - This is probably the first lesson I learned in the early days of school. Great teachers leave a lasting impression on the students. Teachers are indeed the nurturers of the nation. One such great teacher of the world-famous Taxila University was Acharya Chanakya, according to which teachers are not ordinary.
It is the teacher who decides the construction or demolition. Everyone knows that Chanakya was a great strategist. The purpose of his life was to organize the subcontinent as one united India. He understood the importance of connecting the various states of the subcontinent and took a pledge to tie the entire geography of the subcontinent into one polity. In his great treatise Arthashastra he highlights that it is not possible to last forever without monotony.
He has taught us that unity is the first condition of prosperity. In the medieval era, we have seen how the lack of unity among the rulers made us under foreign rule. In 1947, Chanakya's ideas came back again as the legendary son Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a highly realistic and practical leader. He understood the ground reality and took up the important task of connecting the princely states as a modern nation. In fact, iron man Sardar Patel was the real architect of India.
In 2014, after the NDA came to power under the united leadership of our Prime Minister, the Government of India decided to celebrate Sardar Patel's birthday as National Unity Day to give due respect to his unforgettable contribution, his service. Today, as we celebrate National Unity Day, I pay tribute to Sardar Patel's efforts to unite India with determination, dedication, politics and indomitable will. We should also consider their personal and practical efforts towards building unity. Young Patel himself wanted to go to England to study law, but he stood in favor of his elder brother Vitthalbhai Patel and kept it with him to send to England.
The spent money was also spent on them. They did all this to maintain the unity and respect of the family. This shows how deeply the values of unity and solidarity were embedded in Sardar Patel's personality. In his journey from a Godhra court lawyer to the leader of the world's largest and youngest democracy, Sardar Patel gave utmost importance to unity. He integrated the interests of farmers in Kheda and Bardoli with the national independence movement. The Kheda Satyagraha of 1918 is a symbol of the unity and discipline of the farmers, despite the confiscation of the land, property and livelihood of the farmers. At the same time, it is also a sign of the support that came from the leadership and ideas of Sardar Patel from the farmers.
Due to the united and coherent efforts of Sardar Patel, the British had to amend the then tax system and return the seized land to their owners. This is what tells us that unity mixes with justice. In this sequence, after ten years, Sardar Patel once again showed that unity is power. In the Bardoli Satyagraha of 1928, he gave all the farmers, The land made it clear to the laborers and laborers that they would lead them only if they promised to remain united for their purpose. They told them that they could face serious consequences for not cooperating with foreign rule.
This charismatic, strong and broad-minded leader received strong support and assurance from all dissatisfied people, including women, even in this period. Due to this Satyagraha, the confiscated property of the people was recovered. Due to the concerted efforts of all under the leadership of Sardar Patel, the decision to increase revenue also had to be withdrawn. During the Bardoli Satyagraha, the women there conferred him with the title of Sardar. We are all well aware of the fact that at the time of independence our country was divided into about five and a half princely states. With independence, these princely states were free from British sovereignty. Massive anarchy in these princely states and. There was an atmosphere of confusion.
A great leader shows great character only during challenges. At that time we saw a similar great character of Sardar Patel Sahab. He carried out the work of the most remarkable integration of world history and re-united India. He did a great job of uniting all the big and small princely states of India. In fact, he understood that this unity is the path to perfection. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the Government of India exposed the legacy of Sardar Patel with pride.
Has been Under his leadership, various ministries are working in solidarity. Programs like Exchange Program, Yuva Utsav and Language Learning are being organized under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat under the leadership of the Ministry of Education. The Prime Minister has pledged for political, economic and social integration of all Indians. From the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to the call for a self-reliant India, his leadership presents a monumental commitment given by Sardar Patel to transform India into a Great India.