Patel the non-Bismarck

Print edition : May 01, 2015

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (centre) with C. Rajagopalachari and Jawaharlal Nehru. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

March 25, 1948: Governor General Lord Mountbatten and Lady Mountbatten with the Maharaja (right) and the Elaya Raja of Travancore at the Thiruvananthapuram airport. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Viceroy with the National Defence Council that was set up in 1940 with members from the provinces and princely states. In this photograph, the second and first rows are occupied by rulers of princely states, with the Viceroy at the centre in front.

Jawaharlal Nehru and M.A. Jinnah. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

It was Lord Mountbatten who went out of his way to secure the accession of the princely states to India, not Sardar Patel, though the latter played a supportive role.
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