CONTENTS:- 1. Life sketch; 2. Qualities; 3. Contribution; 4. Relevance; 5. Chronology of events; 6. Who's who;
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a great genius and a personality like him is born once in thousand years. Such a personality does create history and leaves indelible footprints on the sands of time for the generations to come to guide and inspire them to achieve higher goals in life. In the first half of the 20 century, he emerged on the socio-political scenario of India along with Mahatma Gandhi and soon became a front-line leader of the Indian Freedom Movement. Besides, by observing strict discipline he raised the Indian National Congress on to a unique and firm footing. After independence, by merging 554 odd states into the Indian Union within a very short period of time and in an amicable atmosphere, he became matchless in the Indian history as well as the history of the world. Not only this, soon after the freedom of India, Sardar Patel dealt with the law and order situation, the exchange of population and all other administrative problems very efficiently. He helped in the relief and rehabilitation of lacs of refugees migrated to the country and reorganized administrative and police services with a view to Indianise the administration and made the bureaucracy favourable to the democratic set up and to forge a link between people and the government. He led many important committees in the constituent assembly including the fundamental rights committee and made all recommendations keeping in view the national unity and integrity foremost. This unique work authored by Dr. Ravindra Kumar presents a very interesting account of life, work and views of the great Sardar--the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Home and States Affairs, India, whose life become the life of the nation and who offered the lotus of his life at the feet of Bharat Mata as per the direction of Srimadbhagvad Gita': "Dedicate to God all that you do, all that you eat and whatever you speak." Undoubtedly, this work based on historical facts will throw light on several untouched facets of his life and will be very useful to those interested in the subject and add to the knowledge for the benefit of historians, biographers and political scientists.