Mahatma Gandhi, who walked the path of non-violence, on the one hand, presented an important role in liberating the country. On the other hand, aggressive politicians and fearless revolutionaries always clashed against the British.
His aggressive speech also includes the name of Vitthal Bhai Patel, a fearless freedom fighter who took the iron from the British. Vitthal Bhai Patel was none other than the elder brother of India’s Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He devoted his life to the freedom of the country.
Interestingly, Vitthal Bhai Patel joined the Congress to participate in the freedom struggle, but he was always in a different stream than the ideology of the stalwart leader Mahatma Gandhi. There were times when there was a lot of discord.
It will be interesting for us to know about the significant contribution made by Vitthal Bhai Patel, the great pioneer of Indian politics, in the interest of the country.
So let’s stop the life of freedom soldier Vitthal Bhai Patel…
The dream was to study in London
Vitthal Bhai Patel was born on September 27, 1873, at Karamsad village in Gujarat. His father’s name was Jhaver Bhai Patel. His mother, Ladba Patel, was a housewife. Their entire family was working for the benefit of the country.
Vitthal Bhai Patel was third among his five brothers. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was 4 years younger than him. Both brothers are known to play an important role in the country’s freedom struggle.
However, Vitthal Bhai Patel was educated in Bombay. At that time, when they were married at a young age, they were also married to a young woman named Dihaliba in the village. Even after marriage, Vitthal wanted to complete his studies.
Like his brother Sardar Patel, he began dreaming of going to England and studying. Sardar Patel started saving some money to fulfil his brother’s dream. So that Vitthal Patel can complete further studies.
After the younger brother’s effort and his effort, Vitthal had the opportunity to go to England. He started studying advocacy from a College of London. He completed the 36-month course in just 30 months. He was a topper in the study of advocacy. After becoming a barrister from London in 1913, he returned to India.
He started practising in a Bombay court. Later, he became an excellent lawyer in the Ahmedabad court.
Differences with Mahatma Gandhi’s views
A few years after coming back to India, the young wife died. Patel loved his wife immensely. His visit shocked Vitthal deeply. To get out of this sad life, he began to turn his attention to public service. Soon became famous as a big social activist.
He began to take interest in India’s freedom struggle and Indian politics as well as social work. In time, he joined the Congress. Vitthal Bhai Patel had only one purpose to step into politics. He wanted to work in the interest of the country.
When he joined the party, he did not have any public support. But, Vitthal Bhai Patel managed to gain immense public support from his unbalance and aggressive speech. In time, he emerged as a powerful party leader.
Interestingly, his views were never matched by The Congress leader, Mahatma Gandhi. There were differences of opinion between the two leaders, but there was never a difference of opinion. The Congress party served as a member of the provincial assembly.
Congress left with a decision by Gandhi
Vitthal Bhai Patel had become one of the popular leaders across the country because of his unbalance and boldness. His articles and zealous statements had the power to draw a large group of the country.
When Mahatma Gandhi launched the “non-cooperation movement” against the British, Vitthal Bhai Patel grew up and participated. The movement was also in many places.
But, when Gandhiji withdrew the non-cooperation movement without any advice after the Chauri Chaura scandal. Brother Patel resigned from the Congress.
After leaving the Congress, Patel, in collaboration with Motilal Nehru and Chittaranjan Das, founded the Swaraj Party. The main objective was to take a front against the wrong strategies of the Congress party in the Legislative Council. At the same time, work for the independence of the country.
Patel had succeeded in cracking the Congress party after his tireless efforts, but he could not achieve a major breakthrough.
British officials were afraid of their unbalance
Later, Vitthal Bhai Patel managed to win a seat from the Bombay Legislative Assembly. Nevertheless, he was not able to make any major contribution to the country’s independence on behalf of his party.
It was, of course, that the British were always afraid of their aggressive attitude. Vitthal Bhai Patel never met British authorities. At the moment, he used to make strong rhetoric against him.
In 1923, members of the Central Legislative Assembly were nominated. He also became its president in 1925. He had made a deep impression of his impartiality. The leaders of various parties in the House also used to respect them. Patel also beat the opponents, including the British, in many places with great unkind.
In 1930, when Gandhi gave the slogan ‘Full State of State’, Vitthal Bhai Patel decided to resign as the President of the Central Legislative Assembly. This was the same period when movements against the British had taken a furious form across the country. People wanted to get rid of British rule altogether.
At the same time, the Congress boycotted the Assembly. Patel resigned from his post and said, “The proper place for us in the freedom fight is not the chair of the assembly but the Rann region.
Lakhs of rupees paid in the interest of the country
After the resignation of the Assembly, he supported the full state of the Congress and re-took over the Congress. He was also arrested along with other Congress leaders.
However, he was released before his sentence due to poor health. Vitthal’s brothers moved to Europe to get treatment for the disease. There he met leader Subhash Chandra Bose, who had gone to Europe to get his treatment.
As time elapsed, the leader’s health improved, but Vitthal Bhai Patel’s condition became more fragile. In the same last stop, Bhai Patel had bequeathed Subhas Chandra Bose’s name for serving the country worth two lakh rupees.
On October 22, 1933, in Switzerland, he said goodbye to the world because of illness. On November 10, the funeral of his dead body was held in Bombay.
So there were some interesting things about the life of India’s great freedom fighter and political guru Vitthal Bhai Patel, who played an important role in the country’s interest.
Even today, Vitthal Bhai Patel is known as a big pioneer of politics. He had stature in Indian politics as a scholar.