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Political Ideas and Policies

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Shakti Sinha - Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
  • Himanshu Roy - Atal Bihari Vajpayee Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teenmurti House, New Delhi

November 2018 | 284 pages | SAGE India

Patel: Political Ideas and Policies comprehensively presents the different facets of Sardar Patel’s political life, his ideas and their applications. The book provides a detailed analysis of his perspectives on liberal democracy, nationalism and the state—the three pillars of his political life. Patel’s role in the Constituent Assembly, transfer of power, integration of princely states with independent India and their territorial reorganization, administrative reforms, formation of the Planning Commission and creation of India’s foreign policy were decisive to the consolidation and the very survival of India as a nation. He played an equally decisive role in the formulation of India’s economic policies. After Patel’s death in 1950, his contributions to the nation have often been undermined and various negative characteristics have been attributed to him. This book aims to debunk these notions. It is based on the collected works of Patel and attempts to fill in the gap created by the absence of any significant academic work on his life and work.

Himanshu Roy
Shakti Sinha
Introduction: Making of a Gandhian Nationalist—Life and Times of Sardar Patel
Dinesh Kumar Singh
Vallabhbhai Patel and Idea of Nationalism
Himanshu Roy
Patel’s Ideas of Governance
Balaji Ranganathan
Gujarat Sabha, Kheda Satyagraha and the Contesting Masculinities: Evaluating the Early Sardar Patel
Niraj Kumar Jha
Patel and Minorities
Neerja Singh
Sardar Patel and the Left
Bhuwan Kumar Jha
Patel, League and the Hindu Nationalists
Kuver Pranjal Singh
Trade Union Politics and Patel
Sonali Chitalkar and Rahul Chimurkar
Patel and the Accession of Jammu and Kashmir
Vinny Jain
Patel: Reorganization of States
Karli Srinivasulu
State Building in India: Sardar Patel’s Reflections on Civil Services
Amit Dholakia
Economic Ideas of Sardar Patel
Himanshu Roy

“A timely book to set Sardar Patel’s legacy right… an interdisciplinary study.”

The Hindu
Key features

·         A comprehensive presentation of different facets of Patel’s political ideas and of his praxis since October 1916.

·         It is academic in nature that fills the gap in academic and public discourse.

·         It fits into the contemporary debate on nationalism, governance and on minorities.

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ISBN: 9789352808533