Top 10 Remarkable Quotes by Sardar Patel

Sardar Patel

Sardar Patel(1875 – 1950), an Indian barrister and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress party. An outstanding politician who served as the First Deputy Prime Minister of India and also played a major role in leading the country’s struggle towards independence.

It is often said that ‘A Man is only good as his words’. On the National Unity Day (31st October), we have compiled 10 quotes of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which illustrates his vision and statesmanship.

1. Vision of Independent India:

“No one would die of starvation in independent India. Its grain would not be exported. The cloth would not be imported by it. Its leaders would neither use a foreign language nor rule from a remote place 7,000 feet above sea level. Its military expenditure would not be heavy. Its army would not subjugate its own people or other lands. Its best-paid officials would not earn a great deal more than its lowest-paid servants. And finding justice in it would be neither costly nor difficult.”

  •  Sardar Patel’s presidential address to the Congress, 1931

2. Building Character: 

“Two ways of building character-cultivating strength to challenge oppression, and tolerate the resultant hardships that give rise to courage and awareness.”

  • (Sardar Patel, Date: 13 June 1935, while addressing students at the Rashtriya Shala Board meeting, Karadi)

3. Role of Police: 

“Yours (Police) is the responsibility to maintain the prestige of the Government and protect the honor of the citizens. It is not enough if you only detect crime and bring offenders to book. You must also try to win the affection of the people… A police officer or policeman who loses his head in handling a situation is not fit to be a member of the police force.”

4. Violence after Partition: 

“It is true that we removed the foreign rule but after removing it we quarreled and cut the throats of each other. Before the World, we have presented a spectacle which is the very antithesis of our culture and diametrically opposed to the teachings of Gandhiji.”

5. Duties of Citizens: 

“Every citizen of India must remember that he is an Indian and he has every right in this country but with certain duties.”

6. Administrative Services:

“An efficient, disciplined, and contented service assured of its prospect as a result of diligent and honest work is the sine qua non of a sound administration under a democratic regime even more than an authoritarian rule. The service must be above the party.”

7. Need for Unity:

“The negligence of a few could easily send a ship to the bottom, but it required the whole-hearted co-operation of all on board; she could be safely brought to port.”

  • (Sardar Patel, Date: 14 May 1928, to villagers of Bardoli during Bardoli Movement)

8. Revolutionaries:

“One can take the path of revolution but the revolution should not give a shock to society. There is no place for violence in revolution.”

  • (Date: 19 February 1939, while addressing the Students at Gujarat Vidyapith)

9. Unity in Diversity:

“We have to shed mutual bickering, shed the difference of being high or low, and develop the sense of equality and banish untouchability. We have to restore the conditions of Swaraj prevalent prior to British rule. We have to live like the children of the same father.”

  • (Sardar Patel, Date: 21 January 1942, during Quit India Movement)

10. Gandhiji:

“The war started by Mahatmaji is against two things – the Government and secondly against oneself. The former kind of war is closed, but the latter shall never cease. It is meant for self-purification.” 

  • (Date: 2 January 1935, while advising the farmers at Ahmedabad after the close of Civil Disobedience Movement)

Related sources: The Next Chief Justice of India, Fundamental Duties

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