Ref: SGC172414 “Many were prepared to follow me, but I could not make up my mind as to who should be my deputy commander. Then I thought of Vallabhbhai”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Inspiration to many, an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress during the struggle for Indian independence, Sardar Patel was born on October 31, 1875. Vallabhbhai Patel was the fourth in a family of six children.
Passing his matriculation exams at the age of 22 in 1897, Patel desired to go to Bombay for further studies. However in order to shoulder his responsibilities toward his family, he decided to take up a job in a local lawyer’s office where he had access to law books. Reading at home, he passed the District Pleader’s Examination within a period of two years.
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