Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, together with Gandhi and Nehru constituted the Big Three of the great and thrilling years leading up to India’s Independence on 15th August 1947. Between 1945 and 1950, Sardar Patel wrote and received 10,000 letters. This correspondence illuminates a critical period of Indian history and earned the Sardar the title of the “Architect of India’s unity.”
Each Volume is exhaustive and deals with aspects including accession of Jammu & Kashmir toIndia, Elections to Central & Provincial Legislatures, Transfer of Power—Communal Holocaust on Partition, Patel-Nehru Differences, Assassination of Gandhi, Foreign Policy in Evolution, and Acute Power Struggle.
The correspondence offers an unrivalled source of material. To the politician and the reader, it provides light on the main actors on the Indian stage and their response to the challenges of the times. The ten volumes edited by Durga Das are, indeed, a historical treasure.
..."Sheikh Abdullah is supposed to be very popular and his association with Pandit Nehru has been regarded as sufficient guarantee of his being against any separate movement. Evidently his present stand appears to be capable of double interpretation and perhaps inconsistant with the policy of the States People's Conference and therefore contrary to Pandit Nehru's views on this matter.
Pandit Nehru has left for Kashmir this morning and it is hoped that this unfortunate and regrettable movement will end in an honourable settlement and restore peace and harmony in Kashmir."