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Know Fifty-Two important Quotes of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Know Fifty-Two important Quotes of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel popularly known as Sardar Patel, was an Indian politician. He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was an Indian barrister, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress.

Today also majority of his quotes are important for everyone

To respect a leader means, follow on his foot steps

By Just building a statue and visiting, travelling to see a statue does not show one really respect the leader, the congressman the Iron Man of India.

Below are the 52 important quotes of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

After reading below quotes I hope you will understand real Sardar Patel

There are some young men who believe that in this country there should be Hindu Raj and that Hindu culture alone has a place in India. Gandhiji was fighting against that mad idea. . . he said our salvation depended on unity. 

(Date: 26 February 1949, Occasion: Addressing Congress workers at the Residency of Bangalore.)

Let us firmly demand our rights. Stop being afraid of the tehsildar and demand your rights with courage.

(Date: 18 April 1918, Occasion: Ibid.)

Our fight is for truth and that is what Satyagraha means. It is a fight between the people and blind Government. The Government has decided to forcibly realize land revenue. . . the people would accept all the troubles, but would not pay land revenue.

(Date: May 1918, Occasion: Ibid.)

The bird which is habituated to live in a cage, if it is made free by the person who maintains it, then it gets scared, and again returns to the cage. Similarly, if the farm-owners free the laboures, they will return to their masters because they have no hatred towards slavery

(Date: 15 December 1937, Occasion: Ibid.)

When iron is hot it generates sparks. Conditions of the Government is similar. But though iron might be extremely hot, the hammer which gives shape to the iron does not get hot. So, if we want to give shape to our struggle, we cannot afford to be hot.

(Date: March 1928, Occasion: Addressing farmers at Bardoli.)

Today if the people don’t stick to their stand, the Government will crush them. But if the people become strong, the Government will give in.

(Date: 28 June 1928, Occasion: Ibid.)

I do not agree with the methods adopted by these young men because I do not believe that murder is less reprehensible because it is done for your country. . . I bow my head before the patriotism, bravery and the spirit of sacrifice which animated Bhagat Singh and his comrades.

(Date: 5 April 1931, Occasion: During his address on Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at Karachi Congress Session.)

Foreigners, who came here prior to Britishers, used to rule us but they did not fleece the land but these people have fleeced the land and turned it into a begging bowl. . . 

(Date: 30 July 1942, Occasion: Addressing Women's meeting at Ahmedabad.)

The real study is to learn the present movement of the country. 

(Date: 1 August 1930, Occasion: To Students at Surat.)

On Swadeshi/Swaraj/Khadi -

Start Charkhas in the Schools, teach the Children to spin and let the Charkha enter every home. Faith in religion is not confined to going to temples or feeding the birds and ants. There are millions of people who do not have any clothes to wear. Our first duty, therefore, is to see that every home has a Charkha.

(Date: 30 March 1921, Occasion: Addressing a public meeting at Mohasa to give up everything foreign and be fearless.)

Today the government is acting like a mad elephant which roams about in the jungle and which tramples anything that comes its way. The mad elephant, in its madness, does not care for mosquitoes when it has already killed lions and panthers. (But) the mightiest of elephant falls to the ground and trumpets with pain throwing around its trunk if a mosquito enters its ear. 
Mosquito is a lowly creature, but it must not be afraid of the elephant. 

(Date: 7-14 April 1928, Occasion: Exhorting peasants of Valod not to be afraid of Government which is acting like a mad elephant.)

Spend less, save more, invest as much as possible, would henceforward be the motto of every citizen in the country.

(Date: 15 November 1949, Occasion: Urging clear cut policies and strong and determined action
to save country from economic slavery during his broadcast to the Nation at New Delhi.)

On Power of Congress President -

The Congress President has no dictatorial powers. He is the Chairman of the well-built Organization. . . The Congress does not part with its ample powers by electing any individual. No matter who he is.

(Date: 28 November 1936, Occasion: Supporting Nehru for Congress Presidentship but puts a limit to the powers of Congress President.)

The policy and programmes of Congress are determined by the Working Committee. The position of the President is that of a Chairman. 

(Date: 24 January 1939, Occasion: Opposing Subhas Bose for Re-election as Congress President.)

The Congress can never die. The inherent strength in it will sustain it in all storms and stresses. . . It may become weak if the wrong people enter it. They will fall, and will have to leave the Congress ultimately. 

(Date: 3 October 1950, Occasion: Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Indore.)

People who tolerate atrocities help the state to become a tyrant. It is the duty of the people to fight tyranny. . . People have the right to dethrone a tyrannical ruler. History bears testimony to the fact that the people have the right to rise against powerful rulers. If the people are strong, the state is
powerless before them.

(Date: 7 April 1929, Occasion: Ibid.)

Caste, community will rapidly disappear. We have to speedily forget all these things. Such boundaries hamper our growth.

(Date: 16 April 1947, Occasion: Assuring Harijans a Place of Honour in Independent India during a Lecture delivered at Patidar Students Hostel at Vadodra.)

On Corruption -
They shuddered at the thought of taking charge of the administration in which corruption was rampant from top to bottom. . .. Corruption was prevalent throughout the country and the Congress leaders who were released could not tolerate it. If they were not in power to stamp it out, they would mobilise public opinion against those who were found to be corrupt. 

(Date: 3 August 1945, Occasion: Addressing a large meeting of Nationalist Students.)

A centralised machinery independent of province, is only body that can effectively check all this deliberate bungling and black marketing, corruption and bring to light by impartial scrutiny features that need to be ruthlessly suppressed.

(Date: 12 March 1947, Occasion: Letter to Rajaji, Member, Industries and Supplies regarding corruption in distribution of yarn in Bengal.)

Kashmir is a different problem. The Pakistan Government is saying that the tribesmen have become infuriated and are attacking, looting, etc. But everyone knows it is not the work merely of raiders. . . India will not desert Kashmir even if the struggle goes on for ten years. But ultimately it will be for the people of Kashmir to decide their own fate and this
can be possible only when the last raider has left the State.

(Date: 17 December 1947, Occasion: Addressing a public meeting in Jaipur.)

With regard to Kashmir we say it is better to have an open fight than to have disguised warfare. It was for this reason that we went to UNO. If Kashmir is to be saved by sword, where is the scope for plebiscite? We shall not surrender an inch of Kashmir territory. 

(Date: 3 January 1948, Occasion: Speech before half a million listeners in Bengal on India's variegated ills and stupendous problems of reconstruction.)

Hinduism can never be in danger in India. We are a vast majority but even without majority, have we not produced men of religion in the past? In the past we have spread the culture 
all over India. Shankaracharya was one of them. When he died, how young he was, but he did not raise the cry of Hinduism in danger. Religion is a matter between the man and his Maker. 

(Date: 15 May 1950, Occasion: Addressing a public meeting at Ernakulam.)

People who say that Hinduism is in danger do not realize that Hinduism is in danger because Hindus have not followed Hinduism. They take wrong means. 

(Date: 15 May 1950, Occasion: Speaking at the University Stadium at Trivandrum.)

Having removed from within us our weaknesses, we have seen to it that we do procure the purity of heart with a true conscience and earnestness. The most direct evidence of this is
(in) the Hindu - Muslim unity. Up to this time we never had faith in each other, and we used to take each other (Hindus and Musalmans) to be the natural enemies of each other, but now we have commenced to love each other and have been living on terms of complete intimacy... On similar terms of friendship have we been living with parsees, Christians and other countrymen. Let those who talk of communal representation and seats in the Council come with me to rural India where there was no communal problem to solve. The only problem faced by that part of India was the problem of hunger and of bread.

(Date: 25 February 1931, Occasion: Condemning plea for communal representation while speaking at Delhi.)

If in any way and from any reason your conscience bites you in voting for the Congress please do not vote. But for God’s sake do not play into the enemy’s hand by creating issues which do not exist.

(Date: 9 October 1934, Occasion: Ibid.)

Partition of India became inevitable due to Muslim League’s attitude to interim Government and Pro-Muslim League behaviour of Muslim Government officers. . .

(Date: 11 August 1947, Occasion: Speaking to Delhi citizens during Liberty Celebrations.)

We have just heard people shouting that Muslims should be removed from India. Those who do so have gone mad with anger. At the same time, we have to sympathise with such
people who have lost their dear ones and their valuables. People in thousands are pouring into Kathiawar deprived of everything that they possessed. Anger rules their hearts. . . But we have to tolerate all this. . . we have to govern also. If we cannot act as trustees to the entire population irrespective of caste, creed or religion, we do not deserve to be where we are.

(Date: 16 January 1948, Occasion: Replying to civic address of the Bombay Corporation.)

In this world, the condition of Hindu widow is most tragic. The social taboos and the social behaviours are so cruel that she finds life unbearable. 

(Date: 1 December 1944, Occasion: During his imprisonment at Ahmednagar Fort writes to his daughter Maniben Patel who was in Yervade Central Prison about the deplorable condition of Hindu widows.)

“Preeti Bhojans” are still going on. Is it not ridiculous to eat “Ladoos” after the death of our nearest or dearest? . . .why not spend that sum in the interest of the public? You can give a sum in charity. 

(Date: 2 January 1935, Occasion: Speaking to the people of Dholka, District Ahmedabad.)

To perform 12th day Shraddha by incurring debt is nothing more than vanity, which is akin to killing a family after the deceased. 

(Date: 10 March 1935, Occasion: Speaking to the people of Kandhali, Matar Taluka, Gujarat.)

To spend lavishly in marriage ceremonies in these hard times is also a sin. 

(Date: 10 March 1935, Occasion: Addressing at the Peasants congregation at Kandhali, Gujarat condemning social evils among rural people.)

A drunkard can never become a man of character. He does not have sense of good or evil. He is not able to control himself. Therefore, give up drinking forever.

(Date: 13 June 1935, Occasion: Speaking to the people at Matwad, Gujarat.)

On prohibition -
Create such an atmosphere in every nook and corner of the city that none should doubt that the government should retrace its steps from the policy of prohibition. . . The two great religions namely - Hinduism and Islam, prohibit drink. . . Prohibition was the foundation of Swaraj designed by Mahatma Gandhi. 

(Date: 22 July 1939, Occasion: Addressing a large rally of volunteers of the Gujarat Sava Dal at Ahmedabad in connection with the Prohibition Day.)

Prohibition is only one item in the Congress programme of rural uplift.
(Date: 23 July 1939, Occasion: Speech at Ahmedabad on Prohibition.)

I feel that irresponsible utterances and embarrassing attitude on his part hardly justify any faith in him. I have all along been of the view that if the future of India is in the hands of men like Jai Prakash, it would probably be the most unfortunate of circumstances.

(Date: 15 June 1948, Occasion: In his letter to Nehru expressing unhappiness over role of Socialist like Jai Prakash Narayan.)

I can neither understand nor appreciate the attempts that are being made in various places to hoist the National Flag on buildings against the wishes of their proprietors. To hoist the flag on buildings of Bar Associations has no meaning. 

(Date: 2 October 1937, Occasion: Writing a letter to Dr. Rajendra Prasad from Congress House, Bombay.)

It is the duty of every Congress man and woman to work in the direction of bringing about a change of heart amongst those who dislike the tricolour.
(Date: 27 November 1939, Occasion: Ibid.)

I bear no ill-will towards Pakistan, I wish them God-speed. . . we only wish to be left alone so that both can live in peace and happiness. 

(Date: 13 November 1947, Occasion: Addressing the citizens at Rajkot.)

We have decided to hand over 55 crores of rupees which we had agreed to allocate to Pakistan out of our cash balances. I can assure you that when we settled this sum, we acted in a spirit of generosity and goodwill.

(Date: 17 January 1948, Occasion: Grieved over Gandhiji’s fast and exhorted people for communal harmony in a civic reception by Bombay Corporation.)

We accepted partition willingly and after a full weighment of its consequences. We felt that if we could not remain united, we must part. . . We have to pay the price for our liberty. It was then we decided that, if the foreign government undertook to leave as soon as possible, the price of partition was worth paying for. We suffered grievously as a result of partition. A limb was torn asunder and we bled profusely. But it was nothing as compared to the troubles that would have been in store for us.

(Date: 30 October 1948, Occasion: Speaking to the citizens of Bombay on the eve of his 74th Birthday.)

I am pleased on account of Gandhiji’s retirement from Congress. His retirement points out that India is not in the state of infancy. We are also not kids. He has taught us for the last twenty years. How long shall we crawl on the ground? It would be better for him if he finds us walking. If he moves out, either the nation or the Congress shall stand to benefit.

(Date: 3 October 1934, Occasion: In reply to the welcome address accorded to him at Ahmedabad after his release from Jail.)

Are we to take Gandhiji’s name only when it suits our purpose? I should like to ask all those who swear by him as to how they reconcile their professions of faith in his mission with the everyday breach of the principles which he taught.

(Date: 15 November 1949, Occasion: In a broadcast to the nation from New Delhi on the gravity of economic situation in the country.)

On China - The Chinese advance into Tibet upsets all our security calculations. Hitherto, the danger to India on its land frontiers has always come from the North-west. Throughout history we have concentrated our armed might in that region. For the first time, a serious danger is now developing on the North and North-East side: at the same time, our danger from the West or North-West is in no way lessened. This creates most embarrassing defence problems and I entirely agree with you that a reconsideration of our military position and a redisposition of our forces are inescapable.

(Date: 4 November 1950, Occasion: In a letter to Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai, Secretary-General, External Affair Ministry regarding threat to India from China.)

Serve the people without any expectation, and try to be as much pure as possible by mind, words and deeds. If you do that much there is no place for pessimism. It is but natural that when you are all alone mind runs a riot. But if you continuously engage yourself in some work then the mind will be peaceful.

(Date: 16 June 1933, Occasion: Ibid.)

In the name of religion, hypocrisy has become rampant. We commit sins for as long as 25 years and go to the Ganges in a year for bathing. Are people absolved of sins by taking a bath in the Ganges in a year? We are ourselves impure. 

(Date: 3 January 1935, Occasion: In a speech at Ahmedabad.)

In one man’s rule there is no wisdom. . .. Even wise people make mistakes. In uncontrolled power there is intoxication.

(Date: 25 December 1937, Occasion: In his Presidential address at a Political Conference at Rajpipla.)

Civil liberty must have the full scope in Congress regime. The moment you feel the Ministers are acting against your interests and are no more useful, recall them from office.

(Date: 31 December 1937, Occasion: Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Congress House, Madras.)

Happiness and misery are paper balls. . . Don’t be afraid of death. Join the nationalist forces, be united. Give work to those who are miserable and hungry, food to invalids, forget your quarrels and help the Congress.

(Date: 7 March 1942, Occasion: Addressing the people at Anand.)

We have to change our attitude to women. Our women should be elevated so that they can walk shoulder to shoulder with us.

(Date: 6 April 1947, Occasion: Addressing the people of Karamsad Village.)

In a free India, there can be no distinctions of caste, creed or religion or of classes resulting in domination of one section by another.
There may be rich and poor, happy and unhappy, but there can be no difference in stature between one citizen and another.

(Date: 26 January 1949, Occasion: Addressing a public meeting at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.)

In a democratic set-up we must have freedom of the Press, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of association and all kinds of freedom.

(Date: 15 May 1950, Occasion: Addressing a Public Meeting at Ernakulam.)

Newspapers are the best vehicles for training an infant democracy; the Press has a heavy responsibility. Just as newspapers have responsibility not to go below a standard of decency, so also readers have a responsibility not to cultivate the habit of reading bad newspapers. 

(Date: 15 May 1950, Occasion: Ibid.)

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Destination Infinity April 26, 2020  

Good selection. We know very little about this great man. I wonder if there is a biography written about him - would love to read it.

Destination Infinity

SM April 28, 2020  

@Destination Infinity
thanks i am just working on his biography in few days i will publish articles.
thanks for comment.

rudraprayaga June 26, 2020  

He with VP menon, was instrumental to unite all the local countries under small kings to form Indian Union. Good info.