Lohapurush: Sardar Patel

This book examines the extraordinary contribution of Sardar Patel, from his unflinching support to Gandhi’s satyagrahas and the Indian freedom struggle, to his farsighted and courageous approach in building a strong, integrated India.

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978-81-88569-61-8

Pages

332

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5.50 in x 8.50 in

Format

Paperback

About The Author

Balraj Krishna

Balraj Krishna

Balraj Krishna began his career as a journalist with the Civil & Military Gazette, Lahore, in 1944. Post-Partition in New Delhi, he was with the Publicity Division of the External Affairs Ministry and the British Information Services. He was a special correspondent with the Hindustan Times in Kashmir. His articles, book reviews, and photo-features appeared in the Illustrated Weekly of India, the Times of India, the Economic Times, the Hindu, and Frontline, besides Eastern World, London.

Vilas Gitay

Vilas Gitay

Dr. Vilas Gitay, poet teacher and translator, was born in Pune, Maharashtra. He took his MA in English and ‘Rashtrabhasha Pandit’ in Hindi. Fluent in Bengali, Marathi, Hindi and English, Dr Gitay started writing poetry in 1971 and has a book of poems Sandhnyechya Sandhiprakashat to his credit. Keenly interested in Rabindra Sangeet and photography, he has published 11 translations from Bengali into Marathi.
Rabindranathachya Sahawasat, Vilas Gitay’s painstaking rendition of Maitreyi Devi’s famous work Mangpute Rabindranath is a highly acclaimed achievement in many ways – for its substance, its innovations and its fine alloys. The work which has earlier been honored with ‘Sangati Sahitya Puraskar’ presents the complex persona of Tagore and embeds the whole range of his poetry in its life-setting. It eminently succeeds in capturing the rich play of the original author’s homely prose, Tagore’s extended poetic quotes and lively conversations, and is therefore a celebrated addition to Indian literature in Marathi translation.

As prime minister of Britain, Churchill had ordered the preparation of an imperial strategy with the intention of balkanising India and tightening Britain’s post-war hold over her. The strategy envisaged two Pakistans, one in the west and the other in the east, both large in size at India’s expense: the west to include the non-Muslim east Punjab; the east, the whole of Bengal (despite Hindus comprising almost half the population), and the predominantly Hindu Assam.

Within her borders, India was to be balkanised with the creation of independent confederations of princely states. Attlee’s policy statement of 20 February 1947 was to implement the same, and Mountbatten was given the mandate to transfer power and quit India by June 1948, a date that was   advanced to August 1947. However, Churchill’s imperial strategy was foiled by Patel. He stood in the way of transfer of power, unless Punjab and Bengal were divided. Fearing the loss of Congress cooperation, Mountbatten was forced to reach an agreement with Patel. Patel’s most significant gain was the concession that Britain would not interfere in the settlement with the princes. This enabled Patel to integrate over 560 princely states in a period of about 18 months and helped him to create a united India.

This book examines the extraordinary contribution of Sardar Patel, from his unflinching support to Gandhi’s satyagrahas and the Indian freedom struggle, to his farsighted and courageous approach in building a strong, integrated India.

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