I am extremely happy with our Government’s decision to observe today - 31st October, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day), today and every year, as a mark of tribute to his efforts in uniting India.
Among Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s innumerable contributions to our society and to our freedom struggle and as the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of young India, what stands out is his effort and success in merging all the independent princely states which were over 500! into Indian Republic during the years 1947-1949, through peaceful negotiations. And what can be a greater example then the sensational annexation of the largest of all Kingdoms – my province, the “The Hyderabad State” despite several hurdles. When negotiations failed with Hyderabad State it was through Military action, popularly known as Operation Polo and as Police Action. He was solely responsible for such integration of a complexly divided India, into one great united Country.
You may click on the underlined name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel here or above; to know more about him and also follow (on TV) the various programs dedicated to him today throughout the length and breadth of our Country.