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SARDAR PATEL’S STUPENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT

November 7, 2012
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An extremely interesting book I have come across lately is Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. The writer is a German lady, Alex Von Tunzelmann. It’s her debut book.   Award-winning historian William Dalrymple has described the book as “a masterpiece”, and “unquestionably the best book I have ever read on the Independence and Partition of India and Pakistan.”   When the Britishers ruled India, the country was not a single political unit. It comprised of two distinct parts: first, British India, second, princely India.  Princely India comprised of 564 states.   In a book titled The Story of Integration of the Indian States by V.P. Menon, renowned journalist M.V. Kamath made this comment about the author:   “While credit should go to the Sardar for bringing all the princely states – as they were called – into the Indian Union, he could achieve it … Continue reading SARDAR PATEL’S STUPENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT

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सरदार पटेल की विलक्षण उपलब्धि

November 7, 2012
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हाल ही में एक अत्यंत रोचक पुस्तक: इण्डियन समर% दि सीक्रेट हिस्ट्री ऑफ दि एण्ड ऑफ एन एम्पायर देखने को मिली। इसकी लेखिका एक जर्मन महिला हैं। जिनका नाम है आलेक्स फॉन टूनसेलमान। यह उनकी पहली पुस्तक है।   पुरस्कार विजेता इतिहासकार विलियम डलरिम्पल ने इस पुस्तक को ‘एक श्रेष्ठ कृति‘ और ”स्वतंत्रता तथा भारत व पाकिस्तान विभाजन पर मेरे द्वारा पढ़ी गई निस्संदेह उत्तम पुस्तक” के रुप में वर्णित किया है।   जब भारत पर अंग्रेजी राज था तब देश एक राजनीतिक इकाई नहीं था। इसके दो मुख्य घटक थे: पहला, ब्रिटिश भारत; दूसरा, रियासतों वाला भारत। रियासतों वाले भारत में 564 रियासतें थी।   वी.पी. मेनन की पुस्तक: दि स्टोरी ऑफ इंटग्रेशन ऑफ दि इण्डियन स्टेट्स में प्रसिध्द पत्रकार एम.वी. कामथ ने लेखक के बारे में यह टिप्पणी की है:   ”जबकि सभी रियासतों-जैसाकि उन्हें पुकारा जाता था-को भारत संघ में विलय कराने का श्रेय सरदार को जाता … Continue reading सरदार पटेल की विलक्षण उपलब्धि

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HISTORY MUST NOT BE SUPPRESSED

November 4, 2012
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One of my earlier blogs had as caption: India must not forget 25 June, 1975. Another blog was titled : Emergency of 1975 was akin to Nazi rule.   Rupa and Co., the publishers of my memoirs, have also compiled over eighty of my blog posts and published them as a book titled “AS I SEE IT”.   Several of these blogs relate to the outrageous emergency clamped on the country in June 1975 and lifted 21 months later, when in the Lok Sabha elections held in March 1977, Smt. Indira Gandhi’s Government was trounced, and a Janata Party Government headed by Shri Morarji Bhai Desai was formed in New Delhi. This was the first time since independence that a non-Congress Government was formed at the Centre.   During the 1975 Emergency, as many as 1,10,806 persons were put behind bars. These included almost all prominent opposition leaders, and a … Continue reading HISTORY MUST NOT BE SUPPRESSED

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