Published On: Sun, Oct 28th, 2018

United India result of Sardar Patel’s strategic wisdom: PM Modi

New Delhi: Ahead of the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel birth anniversary on October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to the leader and dedicated a “united India” to Patel’s “sagacity and strategic wisdom”.

Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace

Modi, in the 49th episode of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“October 31 also is the death anniversary of our former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Our respectful tributes to Indiraji,” Modi said.

Recalling Patel’s contribution in uniting the nation, Modi said the leader ensured “the merger of all princely states with the Dominion of India”.

“Patel formulated solutions one by one, weaving the warp and weft of unity on the axis of a single thread. He ensured the merger of all princely states with the Dominion of India. Whether Junagadh, Hyderabad, Travancore, or for that matter the princely states of Rajasthan. If we are able to see a united India now, it was entirely on account of the sagacity and strategic wisdom of Patel,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also announced the unveiling of the ‘Statue of Unity’ on October 31 in Gujarat’s Narmada district as a tribute to Patel.

“Erected on the banks of river Narmada in Gujarat, the structure is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. This is the world’s tallest skyscraping statue. Every Indian will now be proud to see the world’s tallest statue here on Indian soil. Patel, a true son of the soil will adorn our skies too,” he added.

He urged people to participate in large numbers in the ‘Run for Unity’ — a marathon organised across the country to mark Patel’s birth anniversary.

“The youth of the country is all set to take part in the ‘Run for Unity’. The weather is also pleasant. I urge you to participate in the largest possible numbers in this run for unity.”

Modi also linked Infantry Day — observed in commemoration of the first victorious military action led by the Infantry in Jammu and Kashmir after Independence to drive out Pakistani invaders — to Patel.

“We celebrated Infantry Day yesterday (Saturday)… This incident too is directly related to Patel. I was reading an old interview with the celebrated Army officer Sam Manekshaw. In that interview,Manekshaw was reminiscing the times when he was a Colonel. Around this time, military operations commenced in Kashmir.

“Field Marshal Manekshaw has mentioned how in a meeting, Patel was irked on the delay in sending troops to Kashmir. During the proceedings, Patel gave him a characteristic glance and reiterated that there should be no delay in our Army operation and that a solution should be sought swiftly. And immediately after that, our troops flew to Kashmira we’ve seen how our Army was successful,” he said.

While stressing on the need to work “unitedly” to address issues like terrorism, climate change, economic development and social justice, Prime Minister said that peace does not only mean “no war”.

“Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace,” Modi said in the 49th episode of his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat”, adding that wherever there will be a talk of world peace, India’s name and contribution will be written in golden letters.

The Prime Minister said although India had no direct connection with the First World War but it was an important event because Indian soldiers fought bravely and played a very big role by sacrificing their lives.

“Indian soldiers showed it to the world that they are second to none if it comes to war. Our soldiers have displayed great valour in difficult areas and adverse conditions. There has just been a single objective behind it- Restoration of peace. The world witnessed a dance of death and devastation during the World War I.

“Around one crore soldiers and almost the same number of civilians lost their lives. This made the whole world realize and understand the importance of peace. The definition of peace has changed in the last hundred years. Today, peace does not only mean ‘no war’,” he added.

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