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SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL

SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL

A sagacious statesman, combining the qualities of realism, patriotism, courage and generosity, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also an able administrator and an illustrious leader.  A close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, he campaigned for peasants' rights during the Kheda Satyagraha.  His peaceful and non-violent agitations in Borsad and Bardoli made him a national leader respected by one and all.  He was also a President of the Indian National Congress and a member of the Constituent Assembly.  One of the veterans in the vanguard of India's freedom struggle, Sardar Patel's contribution towards building Independent India has been equally significant.  He consolidated India through the merger of numerous princely states without coercion or violence, thus earning the title, the "Iron Man of India".  He was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Independent India and laid a solid foundation of strong administration in the country.

The portrait, painted by N.S. Subhakrishna, was unveiled by the. then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 23 April 1958.

The portrait was donated by the Maharaja of Gwalior.