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Motera Stadium is the world's largest cricket stadium. (PTI)

Govt clarifies on controversy over Motera stadium being named after PM

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind, is part of a larger complex, named 'Sardar Patel Sports Complex'.
Gujarat, India- October 30, 2018: A view of the memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhai Patel which was commissioned in 2018, five years after work began(HT File Photo)
Gujarat, India- October 30, 2018: A view of the memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhai Patel which was commissioned in 2018, five years after work began(HT File Photo)

Statue of Unity - A rare first

By Himank Kothiyal
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 09:36 AM IST
Two elevators take visitors up to the Viewing Gallery housed in the chest of the statue between the 2nd and 3rd buttons of the jacket.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary.(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death anniversary.(PTI photo)

PM Modi pays tributes to Sardar Patel on his death anniversary

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:39 AM IST
Patel, a freedom fighter who became India’s first home minister and deputy prime minister, is credited with unifying hundreds of princely states with the Union of India following independence through a mix of persuasion, dialogue and even use of force when required.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Geodesic Aviary Dome in Kevadia on Friday. (Photo: Twitter)(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Geodesic Aviary Dome in Kevadia on Friday. (Photo: Twitter)(PTI)

Kevadia a must visit, tweets PM Modi, shares photos

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 10:14 PM IST
Sardar Patel Zoological Park and Geodesic Aviary Dome in Kevadia is home to more than 1,100 birds and animals and five lakh plants
Jawaharlal Nehru’s fondness for Sheikh Abdullah, on the one hand, and Maharaja Hari Singh’s ambition to remain independent, on the other, made Patel’s task difficult.(HTPhoto)
Jawaharlal Nehru’s fondness for Sheikh Abdullah, on the one hand, and Maharaja Hari Singh’s ambition to remain independent, on the other, made Patel’s task difficult.(HTPhoto)

Sardar Patel and the Kashmir question, writes Ram Madhav

By Ram Madhav
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 07:49 PM IST
PM Modi was not off the mark when he said last year, ‘.... that if Sardar Patel was the first PM of India there would not have been a Jammu and Kashmir problem.’
The festival, which was organised on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, showcased a variety of movies ranging from Mani Ratnam’s Roja to Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Khakee.(HT Photo)
The festival, which was organised on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, showcased a variety of movies ranging from Mani Ratnam’s Roja to Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Khakee.(HT Photo)

Films on Gandhi, Sardar Patel most watched during virtual patriotic film festival

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 10:28 AM IST
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal review the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre and Hospital at Radha Swami Satsang Beas campus in Chhatarpur, New Delhi.(HT photo)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal review the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre and Hospital at Radha Swami Satsang Beas campus in Chhatarpur, New Delhi.(HT photo)

Amit Shah, Kejriwal visit 10,000-bed Chhatarpur Covid facility

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 01:24 AM IST
Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited the newly built 10,000-bed Covid care facility in Chhatarpur to take stock of the arrangements at the centre. Shah was accompanied by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, can seat 110,000 spectators after reconstruction.(AFP File)
The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, can seat 110,000 spectators after reconstruction.(AFP File)

Motera: The stadium that will host Donald Trump

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Devarchit Varma
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 10:39 AM IST
Now, the rebuilt Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, will seat 110,000 spectators, more than doubling its previous capacity of 54,000.
Foreign minister S Jaishankar at the launch of the book “VP Menon, the unsung architect of modern India” on Thursday.(@DrSJaishankar/Twitter)
Foreign minister S Jaishankar at the launch of the book “VP Menon, the unsung architect of modern India” on Thursday.(@DrSJaishankar/Twitter)

Jaishankar’s post on Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel kicks up Twitter slugfest

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 02:34 AM IST
Jaishankar, who launched the book “VP Menon, the unsung architect of modern India” here on Wednesday, tweeted that he “learnt from the book that Nehru did not want Patel in the Cabinet in 1947 and omitted him from the initial Cabinet list.
The Statue of Unity at Gujarat’s Kevadia is a 182-m tall statue of India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel .(PTI)
The Statue of Unity at Gujarat’s Kevadia is a 182-m tall statue of India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel .(PTI)

PM Modi, Amit Shah pay tributes to Sardar Patel on death anniversary

New Delhi | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2019 11:11 AM IST
Sardar Patel, who is credited with uniting all 562 princely states of the pre-independent country to build the Republic of India, passed away on December 15, 1950.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks during Winter Session of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Dec 11, 2019. (ANI Photo/ RSTV)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks during Winter Session of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Dec 11, 2019. (ANI Photo/ RSTV)

Citizenship bill clears Rajya Sabha hurdle, Congress calls it a dark day

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 12:40 AM IST
Rajya Sabha held a six-hour-long debate on the bill and voted after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s reply.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal arrive for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal arrive for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.(PTI)

‘If Sardar Patel meets Modiji…’: Anand Sharma jabs PM on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 08:39 PM IST
Asserting that the bill was against the Preamble of the Constitution, Anand Sharma asked the BJP to introspect in the wake of violent protests against the legislation in the northeast.
File image of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
File image of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli

IPL could have 9 teams from 2020: Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 03:21 PM IST
Also, it has been reported that the board might consider including a team from Ahmedabad. The Sardar Patel stadium in Motera is under construction and will have a capacity of around 1.1 lakh once finished, most likely in March next year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told top bureaucrats that they had spoiled his first five- year tenure but that he would not allow them to spoil the second.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told top bureaucrats that they had spoiled his first five- year tenure but that he would not allow them to spoil the second.(REUTERS)

PM Modi attempts long-awaited overhaul in bureaucracy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2019 10:38 AM IST
The Modi government’s decision to hold a common foundation course for all Group A services including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from 2020-2021 is the first step in breaking these silos and elite clubs that function within the Indian bureaucracy.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said the BJP government at the Centre has fulfilled his dream by fully integrating Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India.(HT Photo)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said the BJP government at the Centre has fulfilled his dream by fully integrating Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India.(HT Photo)

Sardar Patel’s dream fulfilled with J-K’s full integration: Manohar Lal Khattar

Chandigarh | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2019 05:16 PM IST
At an event organised in Panchkula on Patel’s 144th birth anniversary, which is celebrated as the National Unity Day every year, he paid glowing tributes to the first home minister of India.
Prime minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Sardar Patel on his 144th birth anniversary at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia. He also addressed IAS trainees on the occasion.(ANI Twitter)
Prime minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Sardar Patel on his 144th birth anniversary at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia. He also addressed IAS trainees on the occasion.(ANI Twitter)

‘There will be political stability in J-K,’ PM Modi assures IAS trainees in Kevadia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 04:56 PM IST
Prime minsister Narendra Modi was addressing IAS trainees on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 144th birth anniversary.
PM Modi addressed an event at Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, October 31, 2019.(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)
PM Modi addressed an event at Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadia to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, October 31, 2019.(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)

‘Wall separating Jammu and Kashmir pulled down’, says PM Modi in tribute to Sardar Patel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 06:27 PM IST
The Prime Minister was speaking in Kevadia, Gujarat, at an event to commemorate India’s first home minister’s 144th anniversary, celebrated as the National unity day.
PM Modi at the Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat, October 31, 2019.(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)
PM Modi at the Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat, October 31, 2019.(Photo: BJP4India/ Twitter)

‘Unity in diversity is our identity’, says PM Modi on Patel’s 144th birth anniversary

Hidnustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 01:04 PM IST
the Prime Minister showered petals on the 182 metres-long statue of India’s first deputy Prime Minister and the home minister, credited with merging all princely states into the Union of India.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said BJP never took the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel or BR Ambedkar for 70 years, but today RSS and BJP are taking their names, which is the victory of Congress policies and ideology.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said BJP never took the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel or BR Ambedkar for 70 years, but today RSS and BJP are taking their names, which is the victory of Congress policies and ideology.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘BJP, RSS should apologize to the nation before taking Gandhi’s name’: Gehlot

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 10:39 AM IST
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also accused BJP and its ideological parent RSS of aiding the Britishers and not contributing to the struggle for Indian independence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the people to participate in ‘Run for Unity’.(Reuters Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the people to participate in ‘Run for Unity’.(Reuters Photo)

Participate in ‘Run for Unity’ to mark Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, urges PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 06:56 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his 57th edition of the monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, said that ‘Run For Unity’ will be organised every year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting during his visit to Gujarat on Tuesday, his 69th birthday.(ANI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting during his visit to Gujarat on Tuesday, his 69th birthday.(ANI photo)

PM Modi’s 69th birthday: Govt pledged to Patel’s ‘One India, best India’ vision, says PM in Gujarat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 03:51 PM IST
Addressing a gathering near the State of Unity in Narmada on his 69th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sardar Patel was the motivation behind his government’s recent step in Jammu and Kashmir.
Home Minister Amit Shah presents an award to author Ashok Chakradhar during the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' in New Delhi, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.(PTI)
Home Minister Amit Shah presents an award to author Ashok Chakradhar during the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' in New Delhi, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.(PTI)

What RSS said about Hindi as a national language 50 years ago

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 10:04 PM IST
The RSS, the BJP’s ideological fount, too has campaigned for promotion of Indian languages for a long time, but has been careful to avoid being seen as a campaigner to make Hindi a unifying language or according it the status of a national language.
Home Minister Amit Shah addresses during the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' in New Delhi, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Hindi Divas is observed to mark the decision of the Constituent Assembly to extend official language status to Hindi on this day in 1949(PTI Photo)
Home Minister Amit Shah addresses during the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' in New Delhi, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Hindi Divas is observed to mark the decision of the Constituent Assembly to extend official language status to Hindi on this day in 1949(PTI Photo)

‘This is India not Hindia’: Tamil Nadu parties reject Amit Shah’s views on Hindi as a national unifier

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 10:01 PM IST
Union home Minister Amit Shah’s comments that people should increase the use of their mother tongue and also use Hindi to realise the dreams of Bapu (Mahatam Gandhi) and iron man Sardar Patel has stoked a controversy
Traditional Indian regal authority was autocratic and paternalistic, but also benign. It rested on feudal kinship that flourished throughout our subcontinent. It is incorrect to see the maharajas through a colonial British lens.(HT PHOTO)
Traditional Indian regal authority was autocratic and paternalistic, but also benign. It rested on feudal kinship that flourished throughout our subcontinent. It is incorrect to see the maharajas through a colonial British lens.(HT PHOTO)

Revisiting the role and legacy of India’s royalty

By Randhir Singh Patiala and Shubhranshu Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 05:55 PM IST
A lot of what is great about India even today owes its origins to the princely order and the various states that they ruled. This is true of cricket, art and culture, handicrafts, folk traditions, industry, irrigation,textiles, tourism, and even institutions of learning and science and technology
This simple image tugged at people’s heartstrings.(Twitter/Dev Choudhary)
This simple image tugged at people’s heartstrings.(Twitter/Dev Choudhary)

This woman’s act of kindness is winning Twitter. See picture

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 12:21 PM IST
The image was shared on Twitter on August 30 by IAS officer Dev Choudhary.
PM Narendra Modi at the Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations on Thursday.(Vipin Kumat/HT photo)
PM Narendra Modi at the Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations on Thursday.(Vipin Kumat/HT photo)

73rd Independence Day: One Nation, One Constitution has become a reality: PM Modi

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 08:39 AM IST
Independence Day 2019: Prime Minister started his address by paying tribute to all the freedom fighters who laid their lives under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi to win India Independence.
People watch as PM Narendra Modi addresses Nation at Vashi in Navi Mumbai,on August 8, 2019.(Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
People watch as PM Narendra Modi addresses Nation at Vashi in Navi Mumbai,on August 8, 2019.(Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Article 370’s removal will help defeat separatism, says PM Narendra Modi after Kashmir move

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 09:04 PM IST
PM Modi said no one has been able to justify how the Article 370 and Article 35A was benefitting people of the state.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor(ANI Photo)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor(ANI Photo)

‘BJP misrepresenting Patel’s contribution’: Shashi Tharoor

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 07:05 AM IST
The truth is that Sardar Patel and Nehruji were a team, and they worked together as one on very many issues, says Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told ministerial colleagues from his first term in office to keep engaging with the electorate and ensure that the government’s policies and schemes reach their intended beneficiaries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told ministerial colleagues from his first term in office to keep engaging with the electorate and ensure that the government’s policies and schemes reach their intended beneficiaries.

PM Modi meets ex-ministers over breakfast

New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2019 11:37 PM IST
On Wednesday, the prime minister met MPs who were part of his council of ministers between 2014 and 2019 over breakfast.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI PHOTO.)

J&K polls this year, no compromise on terror: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 12:06 AM IST
The home minister, in his reply, blamed the Congress for the situation in the state. On the one hand, the Congress accuses the BJP of trampling on democracy in J&K, and, on the other, when it was in charge, it imposed Article 356 (President’s rule) 93 times out of the 126 times it has been invoked in the state, Shah said.
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