The Sardar brought to his task the spirit ofbroad vision, organizing ability, and statesmanship.He worked as a disciplined soldier under thedirection of Mahatma Gandhi. He had given to us a great example of discipline, courage, andobedience in the interest of our country.
After independence, the part played by SardarPatel was equally notable. When the transfer ofpower tOok place in 1947, there were many criticswho thought £hat the country would be disintegratedand it would not be possible for us to maintain astable administration in the country. The actionof Sardar Patel confounded all such critics.
Though the Indian States occupied nearlytwo-fifths of the area of the country included 90million people, the Sardar welded this country into a united whole without leaving much bitternessBerita by virtue of his skill, tact, and diplomacy.Many members of the Princely order today occupyimportant positions in the diplomatic service andthey are acting as patriotic citizens of the country.To this, the greatest credit is due to Sardar Patel.
His outstanding patriotism made him undergoany a(mount of sacrifice for the sake of the causeto which he was devoted and dedicated.