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When Delhi rioted, Sardar Patel busted fake news and wanted a Hindu newspaper banned

During the post-Partition communal riots in Delhi, it became Sardar Patel's job to quell rumours and take the Delhi Police to task.
File photo of External Affair Minister S. Jaishankar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Jaishankar, Ram Guha in Twitter spat over claim that Nehru had excluded Patel from cabinet

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.
Jawaharlal Nehru with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Nehru never excluded Patel from cabinet list. Louis Mountbatten and V.P. Menon got it wrong

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.
Jawaharlal Nehru with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Sardar Patel’s one comment proved all was not well between Nehru and Constitution in 1950

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.
A protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, after Friday prayers, at Jama Masjid | PTI

Why Sardar Patel would have opposed NPR, NRC and CAA

Anyone born in India should be considered an Indian citizen. Period.
Nehru, Gandhi, and Sardar Patel sitting together

Gandhi loved Sardar Patel’s humour: ‘He makes me laugh till I can laugh no more’

The Iron Man and unifier of India also had a lesser-known humourous side. And Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's jokes spared none.
All India Radio

AIR’s Sardar Patel lecture gets a Modi-Shah twist — annual event changed after 60 years

The lecture has been an annual feature since 1955 and involves eminent personalities addressing a select audience, which is then broadcast on AIR.
Hyderabad Liberation Day

BJP storms govt offices with Tricolour to push demand for ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’

BJP wants anniversary of Hyderabad's 1948 annexation to India recognised as 'Hyderabad independence day', and says TRS opposes the move over 'communal concerns'.
Jawaharlal Nehru signing the Constitution of India | Commons

What Nehru wrote to Sardar Patel on Kashmir & its ‘oblivious’ Hindu Maharaja

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.
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Pritish Nandy refuses to believe he mistook another Sardar Patel statue for Statue of Unity

Nandy tweeted an image of a bronze sculpture of Sardar Patel, made by Jashuben Shilpi, to claim Statue of Unity has no resemblance to Patel’s actual face.

On Camera

A house marked in Delhi during coronavirus pandemic | Twitter

Marking Covid-19 patients should not leave a social mark in India

The act of marking carries historical baggage. If India wants to mark those infected with coronavirus, it must think of sensible ways that don’t outlive the crisis.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Soldiers failing to disclose Covid-19 information will invite action under Army Act

Army advisory says not disclosing Covid-19 symptoms, travel details or contact with suspected patient will be treated as 'willful concealment' & breach of discipline.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.