Iron Man – Statue of Unity


Vallabhbhai Patel (31 October 1875 – 15 December 1950), popularly known as Sardar Patel, was an Indian politician. He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was an Indian barrister and statesman, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and a founding father of the Republic of India who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation.[1] In India and elsewhere, he was often called Sardar, meaning “chief” in Hindi, Urdu, and Persian. He acted as Home Minister during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.[2]

Patel was raised in the countryside of the state of Gujarat.[3] He was a successful lawyer. He subsequently organized peasants from Kheda, Borsad, and Bardoli in Gujarat in non-violent civil disobedience against the British Raj, becoming one of the most influential leaders in Gujarat. He was appointed as the 49th President of Indian National Congress, organizing the party for elections in 1934 and 1937 while promoting the Quit India Movement.

As the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India, Patel organized relief efforts for refugees fleeing from Punjab and Delhi and worked to restore peace. He led the task of forging a united India, successfully integrating into the newly independent nation those British colonial provinces that had been “allocated” to India.[4] Besides those provinces that had been under direct British rule, approximately 565 self-governing princely states had been released from British suzerainty by the Indian Independence Act of 1947. Threatening military force, Patel persuaded almost every princely state to accede to India. His commitment to national integration in the newly independent country was total and uncompromising, earning him the sobriquet “Iron Man of India”.[5] He is also remembered as the “patron saint of India’s civil servants” for having established the modern all-India services system. He is also called the “Unifier of India”.[6] The Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, was dedicated to him on 31 October 2018 which is approximately 182 meters in height.


Early life

Patel’s date of birth was never officially recorded; Patel entered it as 31 October on his matriculation examination papers. He belonged to the Leuva Patel Patidar community of Central Gujarat, although after his fame, the Leuva Patels and Kadava Patels have also claimed him as one of their own.

Patel traveled to attend schools in Nadiad, Petlad, and Borsad, living self-sufficiently with other boys. He reputedly cultivated a stoic character. A popular anecdote recounts that he lanced his own painful boil without hesitation, even as the barber charged with doing it trembled. When Patel passed his matriculation at the relatively late age of 22, he was generally regarded by his elders as an unambitious man destined for a commonplace job. Patel himself, though, harbored a plan to study to become a lawyer, work and save funds, travel to England, and become a barrister. Patel spent years away from his family, studying on his own with books borrowed from other lawyers, passing his examinations within two years. Fetching his wife Jhaverba from her parents’ home, Patel set up his household in Godhra and was called to the bar. During the many years it took him to save money, Patel – now an advocate – earned a reputation as a fierce and skilled lawyer. The couple had a daughter, Maniben, in 1904 and a son, Dahyabhai, in 1906. Patel also cared for a friend suffering from the Bubonic plague when it swept across Gujarat. When Patel himself came down with the disease, he immediately sent his family to safety, left his home, and moved into an isolated house in Nadiad (by other accounts, Patel spent this time in a dilapidated temple); there, he recovered slowly.

Patel practiced law in Godhra, Borsad, and Anand while taking on the financial burdens of his homestead in Karamsad. Patel was the first chairman and founder of “Edward Memorial High School” Borsad, today known as Jhaverbhai Dajibhai Patel High School. When he had saved enough for his trip to England and applied for a pass and a ticket, they were addressed to “V. J. Patel,” at the home of his elder brother Vithalbhai, who had the same initials as Vallabhai. Having once nurtured a similar hope to study in England, Vithalbhai remonstrated his younger brother, saying that it would be disreputable for an older brother to follow his younger brother. In keeping with concerns for his family’s honor, Patel allowed Vithalbhai to go in his place.

In 1909 Patel’s wife Jhaverba was hospitalized in Bombay (now Mumbai) to undergo major surgery for cancer. Her health suddenly worsened and, despite successful emergency surgery, she died in the hospital. Patel was given a note informing him of his wife’s demise as he was cross-examining a witness in court. According to witnesses, Patel read the note, pocketed it, and continued his cross-examination and won the case. He broke the news to others only after the proceedings had ended. Patel decided against marrying again. He raised his children with the help of his family and sent them to English-language schools in Mumbai. At the age of 36, he journeyed to England and enrolled at the Middle Temple Inn in London. Completing a 36-month course in 30 months, Patel finished at the top of his class despite having had no previous college background.

Returning to India, Patel settled in Ahmedabad and became one of the city’s most successful barristers. Wearing European-style clothes and sporting urbane mannerisms, he became a skilled bridge player. Patel nurtured ambitions to expand his practice and accumulate great wealth and to provide his children with modern education. He had made a pact with his brother Vithalbhai to support his entry into politics in the Bombay Presidency, while Patel remained in Ahmedabad to provide for the family.

About Event

  • Ride Key Attractions: Dandi, Kabirwad, Statue of Unity, Shoolpaneshwar Mahadev Temple, Swami Narayan Temple
  • Dates: 12 July to 14 July 2019
  • Assembly Location: Hotel Walton (Pure Veg) Khathiyawadi (
  • Assembly time: 5:30 AM Sharp | Flag off: 6:00 AM Sharp
  • Route: Hotel Walton |Valsad |Ankleshwar | Rajpipla
  • Total Distance Round off 900 kms approximately
  • Cost: ₹ 3500/- per person. Includes stay on sharing bases and Entry pass for SOU. Fuel cost, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at actual. Guest Rider and Non-Paid Members will be charged extra ₹200/- thru Bank Transfer only
  • Imp. Things: Safety Gears | Valid Driving License | Valid Legal Motorcycle Documents. [Safety Gears are mandatory for Rider as well as for Pillion]
  • Inform ride captain prior if any safety gears are unavailable, we will try to help, Anyone found without safety gears or with half face helmet will be strictly sent back
  • Safety Gears includes: Full Face Helmet | Gloves | Boots | Knee Guard | Elbow Guard
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DatePlaceStartEndAttraction/RemarksDistance/kmsTotal Kms
12-July-2019Hotel Walton - Ghodbundar Road, Thane5:15Assembly00
12-July-2019Hotel Walton - Ghodbundar Road, Thane5:30Flag off00
12-July-2019Hotel Walton To Valsad5:308:30Ride165165
12-July-2019Halt at Valsad8:159:30Breakfast, Tea Break, Relaxation, Engine Cooling
12-July-2019Valsad To Dandi (Gandhi Smarak)9:3010:30Ride55220
12-July-2019Valsad to Gandhi Smarak10:3011:00Gandhi Smarak siteseeing
12-July-2019Dandi to Ankleshwar11:001300Ride101321
12-July-2019Halt at Ankleshwar13:0014:30Lunch, Relaxation, Engine Cooling
12-July-2019Ankleshwar to Rajpipla14:3016:00Ride65386
Stay at Rajpipla
13-July-2019Start of The Day-28:00SOU and other siteseeing
13-July-2019Rajpipla to Shoolpaneshwar Mahadev Temple8:008:30Ride2222
13-July-2019Shoolpaneshwar Mahadev Temple8:309:00Exploration
13-July-2019Shoolpaneshwar Mahadev Temple to SOU9:009:30Ride1032
13-July-2019SOU Exploration and Lunch9:3012:30Exploration
13-July-2019SOU to Sardar sarovar Dam12:3013:00Ride1345
13-July-2019Sardar sarovar Dam13:0015:00Exploration
13-July-2019Sardar sarovar Dam to Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple15:0016:00Ride4388
13-July-2019Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple16:0018:00Exploration
13-July-2019Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple to Rajpipla18:0018:30Ride13101
Stay at Rajpipla
14-July-2019Rajpipla to Kabirvad6:308:00Ride7878
14-July-2019Halt 1 - Kabirvad8:009:00Exploration
14-July-2019Kabirvad to Ankleshwar9:009:30Ride27105
14-July-2019Halt 2 - Ankleshwar9:3010:30Breakfast, Tea Break, Relaxation
14-July-2019Ankleshwar to Valsad10:3013:00Ride135240
14-July-2019Halt 2 - Valsad13:0014:30Lunch, Relaxation, Engine Cooling
14-July-2019Valsad to Manor14:3016:30Ride101341
14-July-2019Halt 3 - Manor16:3017:15Tea Break, Relaxation
14-July-2019Manor to Hotel Walton17:1518:15Destination Hotel Walton57398

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