H.E. Shri Chandulal Trivedi, Governor of East Punjab and Chancellor of the East Punjab University presenting the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) degree to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the first convocation of the University held at Ambala on March 5, 1949.

H.E. Shri Chandulal Trivedi, Governor of East Punjab and Chancellor of the East Punjab University presenting the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) degree to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the first convocation of the University held at Ambala on March 5, 1949.

Standing on the INS Delhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel bids farewell to the receding shores of Cochin after concluding his visit to the United State of Travancore-Cochin in May 1950.

Standing on the INS Delhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel bids farewell to the receding shores of Cochin after concluding his visit to the United State of Travancore-Cochin in May 1950.

The Nizam of Hyderabad with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Residency House (now known as the Rashtrapati Nilayam) in Bolarum, Secundrabad on February 28, 1949.

The Nizam of Hyderabad with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Residency House (now known as the Rashtrapati Nilayam) in Bolarum, Secundrabad on February 28, 1949.

A photograph taken during the Independence Day Session of the Constituent Assembly held on August 15, 1947. Standing in the first row are Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mr. K.M. Munshi, Mr. N.V. Gadgil and Mrs. Ammu Swaminathan.

A photograph taken during the Independence Day Session of the Constituent Assembly held on August 15, 1947. Standing in the first row are Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mr. K.M. Munshi, Mr. N.V. Gadgil and Mrs. Ammu Swaminathan.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressing Congress workers at Ambala during his visit in March, 1949

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressing Congress workers at Ambala during his visit in March, 1949

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel being received at the Gateway of India on his return from the six-day visit to the United State of Travancore-Cochin on board INS Delhi in May 1950. Standing to the right of the Hon'ble Deputy PM is Commodore Inigo-Jones, Commodore-in-Charge Bombay, and greeting him is Mr. B.A. Dalal, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Bombay Corporation.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel being received at the Gateway of India on his return from the six-day visit to the United State of Travancore-Cochin on board INS Delhi in May 1950. Standing to the right of the Hon'ble Deputy PM is Commodore Inigo-Jones, Commodore-in-Charge Bombay, and greeting him is Mr. B.A. Dalal, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Bombay Corporation.

Sardar Patel inaugurating the Patiala and East Punjab States Union, formed by the integration of the Princely States of Patiala, Nabha, Jind, Faridkot, Kapurthala, Nalagarh, Kalsia and Malerkotla, by swearing in the Maharaja of Patiala as 'Rajpramukh' on July 15,1948.

Sardar Patel inaugurating the Patiala and East Punjab States Union, formed by the integration of the Princely States of Patiala, Nabha, Jind, Faridkot, Kapurthala, Nalagarh, Kalsia and Malerkotla, by swearing in the Maharaja of Patiala as 'Rajpramukh' on July 15,1948.

Sardar Patel at a Press Conference held in New Delhi on January 29, 1948. Mr. V. P. Menon, Secretary - Ministry of the States can be seen sitting at Sardar Patel’s right, and Mr. N. C. Mehta, Secretary - Ministry of Information & Broadcasting appears at his left.

Sardar Patel at a Press Conference held in New Delhi on January 29, 1948. Mr. V. P. Menon, Secretary - Ministry of the States can be seen sitting at Sardar Patel’s right, and Mr. N. C. Mehta, Secretary - Ministry of Information & Broadcasting appears at his left.

During the Borsad plague of 1935, Sardar Patel organized a massive effort to fight the epidemic. Without trying to get support from the British government, he mobilized volunteers to go from village to village and house to house to destroy rats and disinfect the affected areas, thereby bringing epidemic under control.

During the Borsad plague of 1935, Sardar Patel organized a massive effort to fight the epidemic. Without trying to get support from the British government, he mobilized volunteers to go from village to village and house to house to destroy rats and disinfect the affected areas, thereby bringing epidemic under control.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel speaking at a reception given in his honour by the Guild of Service, one of the oldest organised social work bodies in India.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel speaking at a reception given in his honour by the Guild of Service, one of the oldest organised social work bodies in India.

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