|'I Must Speak
Many people misunderstood Patel. There was false propaganda that he did not like Muslims.
On the 6th of January 1948, speaking in Lucknow, he said, "There is a cry that I am
against Muslims. But I am their true friend. I cannot beat about the bush. I cannot
dissemble. Let no one try to have his two feet in two different boats. Let every one
choose one boat. Let us all, who belong to India, swim or sink together."
The Sardar's plain words made some people angry. They complained to Gandhiji. What Sardar
Patel said at that time shows the superbself-confidence of this mighty man:
"I cannot speak anything but the truth. I cannot turn back on my
duty, just to please some one."