Destructive merger

Print edition : September 19, 2014

december 25, 1948: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is welcomed by the Nizam at the King Kothi Palace in Hyderabad. The Nizam was not keen on acceding to the Indian Union and tried his best to declare Hyderabad an independent state. Photo: The Hindu Archives

1946: Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel leaving the Viceregal lodge in Shimla after their talks with the British Cabinet Mission in India. The author says while Nehru's concern was to defeat Hyderabad's secessionist venture, Patel wanted to destroy Hyderabad and its culture completely. Photo: THE HINDU Archives

The author documents how Mohammed Ali Jinnah (above) played his own politics in Hyderabad affairs both as the president of the Muslim League and later as the Governor General of Pakistan. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Hyderabad’s accession to India was inevitable, but there were better alternatives to the Army action that Sardar Patel pushed through, says A.G. Noorani.
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