Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – Paperback

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.

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978-81-88569-34-2

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332

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5.50 in x 8.50 in

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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.

Sonal Mittra

Sonal Mittra

Dr. Sonal Mittra completed her school and higher education from Punjab University, Chandigarh. After marriage she did various courses like creative writing, film appreciation, Jyotish Acharya, Yoga and Alternate medicines.
She is a freelance writer, copywriter and translator who works in English, Hindi and Panjabi languages. She has worked with leading publishers such as Indus Source Books, Harper Collins Publishers, India Star publications, Embassy Book Distributors, 24 secure publication, and many ad agencies. She has also done subtitling for movies. She does translations in almost all subjects.

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 that Britain would not interfere in the settlement with the princes. This enabled Patel to integrate over 560 princely states in a period of about18 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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