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Gandhi and Patel were present on the ground during different crises, but leaders today are maintaining a ‘safe distance’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the post-Partition communal riots in Delhi, it became Sardar Patel's job to quell rumours and take the Delhi Police to task.
Foreign Minister Jaishankar tweeted quoting a biography that Nehru did not want Patel in the Cabinet in 1947 and omitted him from the initial Cabinet list.
Only after Nehru received Patel’s assent did he send the cabinet member list to Mountbatten on 4 August. Patel not only headed the list, but was to be the deputy PM.
Astute politician that he was, Sardar Patel clearly had insights into Nehru’s thinking, which informed the advice he gave the PM on sticking to the Constitution.
Anyone born in India should be considered an Indian citizen. Period.
The Iron Man and unifier of India also had a lesser-known humourous side. And Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's jokes spared none.
The lecture has been an annual feature since 1955 and involves eminent personalities addressing a select audience, which is then broadcast on AIR.
BJP wants anniversary of Hyderabad's 1948 annexation to India recognised as 'Hyderabad independence day', and says TRS opposes the move over 'communal concerns'.
In a letter written in 1948, Nehru complained that Kashmir's then Maharaja behaved in an inexplicable manner and irritated the people of the Valley.