The Man Who Saved India By Hindol Sengupta
The Man Who Saved India: Sardar Patel and His Concept of India is biography e-book by Hindol Sengupta, printed in 2018.
There’s maybe no political determine in trendy historical past who did extra to safe and shield the Indian nation than Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. However, satirically, seventy years after Patel introduced collectively piece by piece the map of India by fusing the princely states with British India to create a brand new democratic, unbiased nation, little is known or appreciated about Patel’s huge contribution to the making of India. Caricatured in political debate, all of the nuances of Patel’s tough life and the daring selections he made are sometimes misplaced, or worse, used as mere polemic. If Mahatma Gandhi was the religious core of India’s freedom wrestle and Jawaharlal Nehru its romantic idealism, it was Sardar Patel who introduced within the important pragmatism which held collectively the nationwide motion and the primary concepts of unbiased India. A naturally stoic man, Patel, not like Gandhi or Nehru, wrote no private historical past. He famously argued that its was higher to create historical past than write it. That is why even his deepest misgivings and quarrels have been simply buried. However each warning that Patel left for India – from the risks of permitting teams to create personal militias to his considerate criticism on India’s method to Kashmir, Pakistan and China – are all dangerously related at the moment. It’s unattainable to examine Patel, who died in 1950, and never really feel that had he lived on, India might need been a special nation. Additionally it is unattainable to disregard Patel and perceive not solely what the thought of India is but additionally what it might have been, and could be sooner or later.
The Man Who Saved India is a sweeping, magisterial retelling of Sardar Patel’s story. With fiercely detailed and pugnacious anecdotes, a number of award-winning, best-selling author Hindol Sengupta brings alive Patel’s decided lifetime of wrestle and his livid dedication to maintain India protected. This e-book brings alive all of the arguments, quarrels and clashes between among the most decided folks in Indian historical past and their battle to carve out an unbiased nation. By means of ravages of a failing physique damaged by a long time of abuse in and outdoors jail, Patel stands out on this e-book as the person who, even on his demise mattress, labored to save lots of India. Hindol Sengupta’s The Man Who Saved India is destined to outline Patel’s legacy for future generations.