Man of Steel
But the rulers of Junagadh and Hyderabad
were plotting secretly to Join Pakistan.
Patel sent an army under Brigadier
Gurudayalsimha to the border of Junagadh to deal with Pakistan. The people
of the state who wished to join India rebelled against the ruler and set
up a People's Government. The Nawab, who had tried to betray the people,
ran away. Patel reached Junagadh on the 12th of November 1947. In the course
of a speech there, hewarned that the Nizam of Hyderabad would share the
fate of the Nawab of Junagadh if he did not behave sensibly.
But the Nizam was slow to learn thelesson.
He sent millions of rupees to Pakistan.One of his men, Kasim Razvi by name,
began to harass the Hindus. His gang was called the Razakars. They tried
to drive the Hindus out of Hyderabad. There was no limit to their crimes.
They tried to get arms and ammunition from outside.
Finally Sardar Patel sent some forces
under General Chowdury to undertake 'Police Action'. Within five days the
Nizam was forced to surrender. Kasim Razvi ran away to Pakistan. The atrocities
of the Razakars came to an end and peace returned to Hyderabad. The firm
policy of Sardar Patel, the Man of Steel, crushed all the plots against
A similar problem arose in Kashmir.
The Maharaja and the Legislative Assembly decided that the state should
join India. But the Pakistan army forcibly occupied two-fifths of Kashmir.
The Ministry was handling the Kashmir question for Foreign Affairs and
there was nothing Patel could do.
Sardar Patel was a man of remarkable
foresight. In 1962 China sent her army across the border and India reeled
under the blow. This is the saddest episode in the history of Free India.
But as long back as on the 7th of November 1950, Patel wrote a letter to
Jawaharlal Nehru and declared that China was not to be trusted. He wrote:
'The Government of China speaks of its desire for peace and is trying to
mislead us. Hereafter, in planning the defense of our country,we must remember
the intentions of Communist, China.'
Five weeks later Patel passed away.
About twelve years after his death China attacked India.