An extraordinary leader, freedom fighter and architect of the integration of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, better known as “Iron Man of India,” remains an enduring icon of patriotism, nationalism and spirit of public service.
Given his formidable organizational abilities and unflinching commitment to nation-building, Sardar Patel was appointed as the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India, to create an integrated and unified India as we know it now. Patel the Unifier is justly remembered for his iron will and firmness with which he facilitated the integration of over 500 Princely States into the framework of Federal India. Patel used his fabled powers of persuasion and diplomacy, and combined it with a judicious use of the threat of force to get 565 Princely States to accede to India. This was a monumental feat which earned him mass adoration and gratitude, cementing his reputation as the Iron Man of India. In his own words: "Guns can protect freedom from aggressive designs of neighbours or other foreign states. But internally, it is the honest core of the people and the true realisation of the responsibilities of a free citizen that alone can save freedom from the machinations of self-seeking and interested parties and individuals.”
In a fitting tribute to this giant, the 141st Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was celebrated in this Embassy on 31st October 2016. On this occasion, a documentary film titled "Man of Silence - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel" was screened. An article on Sardar Patel circulated by the Ministry of External Affairs, was also read out. Around 30 people attended the event.