Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for redrawing the Indian map after independence â€œto give us what it (country) is todayâ€.
â€œIf we live in India with pride and our heads held high, it is because of him,â€ Modi said after inaugurating a diamond manufacturing unit in Surat, in Indian state of Gujarat, on Monday (17 April).
The prime minister also saluted former prime minister Morarji Desai for strengthening the countryÃ•s economy.
Desai, Modi said, would rejoice to see how the Indian economy was faring now.
â€œYears ago, this region gave us Morarji Desai, who focused his energies in strengthening the Indian economy. His soul must be celebrating today at the state of the economy,â€ Modi said.
Morarji Desai, who headed the Janata Party government in 1977-79, hailed from south Gujarat.
Similarly, Modi said, Sardar Patel â€œre-drew the map of the country after independence to give us what it is todayâ€.
Referring to the diamond unit he opened, Modi said the country was a leader in the diamond polishing industry and it had the potential to be the numero uno in the gems and jewellery sector.
â€œThe artisan in India has the knack to develop jewellery according to the season and for every section of the society.
He inaugurated a diamond manufacturing facility, Hare Krishna Exports.