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Patel: A Life

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Patel: A Life tells, for the first time, the full story of the life of Vallabhbhai, the ploughboy who helped liberate India and then, in 1947-9, weld her into one nation.

Built from correspondence and diaries, including the Sardar's letters and the remarkable diary kept by his daughter Manibhen, PATEL is as authentic, intimate and complete an account as can be assembled.

Paperback, First Edition, 626 pages
Published March 1991 by Navajivan Publishing House
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally I get a chance to review this momentous work on Sardar Patel by none other than Rajmohan Gandhi. There is something poignant about the life of a man known as the 'iron man' of India. His legacy largely forgotten as he did not propagate the idea of making family a political affair, his contributions ignored by the very party he served with utmost dedication, he was sidelined by his guru, Mahatma and slighted by Nehru, his companion and colleague. But the India we see today, it's integrity ...more
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Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the few (perhaps the only) biography of Sardar Patel worth reading. The author is (also) a historian and I have also read other works by him. There is simplicity of language and a strict chronological order is followed in an old-fashioned manner but found them consistently readable.
A couple of periods in between 1922-28 and 1939-45 bored me when he was in jail or there was a lull in Indian politics.
Sweta Gorania
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best book I ever read. Learnt a lot about freedom, people who fought and how was the situation at that time. Got answers about all what, why, how. And started admiring Sardar Patel even more. Must read.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to record the lives of Indian leaders Vallabhbhai Patel is an unlucky one. Though he played the critical role in integrating the Indian states, the government after Nehru treated him with disdain. And they didn't even care to celebrate his centenary.

Hence the majestic and important biography from Gandhi's grandson is a tribute to that "Iron Man".

Rajmohan covers Patel's early life, how he got into nation's independence struggle, followed Gandhi's footsteps until 1947, gave up the c
Shireesh Pareek
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sardar Patel,the name which will remind everyone of a strong willed person who gave his everything for the Independence and idea of India.
Here is the biography of the man by Rajmohan Gandhi, which gives you an account of Sardar's life right from his village,parents,birth,family,studies,etc. The account covers almost all the aspects of Sardar's personality as seen,retold or noted in personal diaries of the people who were close to him. His transformation from a very efficient, suit clad criminal
Rohit Saxena
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book. Gives peak into the life of great freedom fighter and the inner working of Congress around independence. This book absolve Gandhi from partition which I will like to find further about.
One of the most painful part was reading about India's (mostly Nehru's) mishandling of Tibet. I am great admirer of Nehru and being human he did manage to do few things wrong.
One other important thing about this book is it acknowledges other leaders of our freedom struggle.
The role of Birlas and
Mitesh Patel
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary account of the man, the myth and the legend who hasn't received enough credit he should have. This is purely due to the greed and jealousy of Nehru who continued to behave as a cry baby to derive concessions from MK Gandhi and in turn Patel suffered or instead he let himself suffer. ...more
Murali Neelakantan
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
An outstanding and authentic description of the life of Sardar Patel by one of India’s best biographers. The book is extremely well researched and references to primary sources of information makes it an authentic version of events.
Arpan Mukherjee
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed & authentic ..
Akshay Patel
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jay sardar
Ronak Patel
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
After searching many books on Sardar, came through this book about him.
After reading this book, with no second thought I can say this is by far best book available on Sardar, his work and his life.
The author(grandson of Gandhi) has justified the boom and its contents and has been neutral in writing the book. No where I felt that anything but the facts have been reported rather then any preset information or prejudices.
The book takes your through Sardar life journey rifht from his childhood in
Ankit Chouksey
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fitting biography of the iron man. Although I have not read any other biography of Sardar Patel, I liked it. The book maintains speed throughout excluding the little part in the middle. Author presents facts and historic records, while keeping his personal opinion to a bare minimum. You want to understand and appreciate the contribution of PATEL..go read this book.
Mahesh Kumar
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One among the 3 people who shaped Significantly Shaped Modern India.

Someone who preferred to be A Man of Action. A pragmatist than ideologue.
Integrated 564 Princely States in 13 Months!

His demise left vaccum to Counter Nehru and balance his policies where required.

An Excellent work by RajMohan Gandi!
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Rajmohan Gandhi (born 1935)is a biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Until end-December 2012 he taught political science and history at the University of Illinois and divided his time between India and the United States.

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