SARDAR PATEL was one of the founders of our constitution. It worked in India's favour that the constituent Assembly was not elected on the basis of adult franchise. First rate minds were handpicked from all parts of India for their knowledge, vision and dedication. The story of Sardar Patel's life is easily told. Though his real date of birth is ambiguous, the date given for his matriculation exam was October 31, 1875, which he never changed - rather typical of the constancy, which characterised his mental make-up. Sardar Patel was born to parents who were deeply religious. While Vallabhbhai become the architect of modern India, his brother Vithalbhai was the first speaker of the central Legislative Assembly. Vallabhbhai was an affectionate man with a fine sense of humour, a side seen by rare few. Mahatma Gandhi has gone on record saying that during the sixteen months in jail, he was kept in peals of laughter by Vallabhbhai, who was a co-inmate.