By The IST News Network
The Consulate General of India in Sydney organised 141st birth anniversary of country’s ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on 31st October, 2017. The event received an overwhelming response. Mr. B Vanlalvawna, the Consul General gave an informative address to the present gathering. He said Sardar Patel came into prominence with Bardoli satyagrah when the British imposed heavy tax after heavy floods and famine in Kheda in 1928. This agitation forced the British Raj to reduce tax and bring taxes back on old rates and resulted in women of Bardoli giving Vallabhbhai the title of Sardar.
Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875 in Nadiad, a small village in Gujarat. He practiced law at Godhra and became very popular. Later he went to England to study law and on his return practiced in Ahmedabad. He had no interest in politics but Kheda suffered drought and the British Government had raised the tax. At this, Mahatma Gandhi called for a satyagrah and this impressed Vallabhbhai who then gave up his lucrative practice and joined the Mahatma. He then became a constant companion of Gandhi.
Another speaker Mr. Dipen Rughani, born in Uganda to Gujarati parents and studied in London and now an Australian reflected on Sardar Patel legacy in very informative way.