Sardar Patel 141st birth anniversary celebrated at CGI, Sydney

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 borrowed books from a lawyer of his acquaintance and studied at home. Occasionally he attended courts of law and listened attentively to the arguments of lawyer. Vallabhbhai passed the Law examination with flying colours.
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.

Sardar then called for satyagrah in Bardoli to press for reduced tax following floods. A large number of men and women  joined the satyagrah and forced Britishers to bring down the taxes. The speeches were supplemented by a Film Division documentary on Sardar Patel.
His farsightedness brought 564 small ‘kingdoms’ integrated to Indian dominion that earned him the title of Iron man. He was bestowed with Bharat Ratan in 1991.
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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The
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