How Nehru planned to take Hyderabad to UN

Nehru was not only mentally blind — planning to take the Hyderabad affair to the UN — he could be unbelievably petty too, pressuring bureaucrats not to attend the funeral of Sardar Patel. How can such a petty lout, full of feminine jealousy of others more competent than him, become the PM of India? Gandhi must explain what he saw in the Nehru idiot to thrust him on us as the PM.

Revealed: Nehru wanted to scuttle Sardar’s Hyderabad plan

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India, whose 137th birth anniversary is on October 31, was insulted, humiliated and disgraced by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, during a Cabinet meeting. “You are a complete communalist and I’ll never be a party to your suggestions and proposals,” Nehru shouted at Patel during a crucial Cabinet meeting to discuss the liberation of Hyderabad by the Army from the tyranny of the Razakkars, the then Nizam’s private army.

“A shocked Sardar Patel collected his papers from the table and slowly walked out of the Cabinet room. That was the last time Patel attended a Cabinet meeting. He also stopped speaking to Nehru since then,” writes MKK Nair, a 1947 batch IAS officer, in his memoirs “With No Ill Feeling to Anybody”. Nair had close ties with both Sardar and VP Menon, his Man Friday.
Though Nair has not written the exact date of the above mentioned Cabinet meeting, it could have happened during the weeks prior to the liberation of Hyderabad by the Indian Army. Operation Polo, the mission to liberate Hyderabad from the Nizam, began on September 13, 1948 and culminated on September 18. While Sardar Patel wanted direct military action to liberate Hyderabad from the rape and mayhem perpetrated by the 2,00,000 Razakars, Nehru preferred the United Nations route.

Nair writes that Nehru’s personal hatred for Sardar Patel came out in the open on December 15, 1950, the day the Sardar breathed his last in Bombay (now Mumbai). “Immediately after he got the news about Sardar Patel’s death, Nehru sent two notes to the Ministry of States. The notes reached VP Menon, the then Secretary to the Ministry. In one of the notes, Nehru had asked Menon to send the official Cadillac car used by Sardar Patel to the former’s office. The second note was shocking. Nehru wanted government secretaries desirous of attending Sardar Patel’s last rites to do so at their own personal expenses.

“But Menon convened a meeting of all secretaries and asked them to furnish the names of those who want to attend the last rites of Patel. He did not mention anything about the note sent by Nehru. Menon paid the entire cost of the air tickets for those secretaries who expressed their wish to attend Sardar’s last journey. This further infuriated Nehru,” Nair has written about his memoirs in the corridors of power in New Delhi.

Nair’s friendship with Patel began during the former’s posting in Hyderabad as a civilian officer of the Army. “I was a bachelor and my guest house was a rendezvous of all those in the inner circle of the then Nizam of Hyderabad. Every night they arrived with bundles of currency notes. We gambled and played flash and the stakes were high. During the game I served them the finest Scotch. After a couple of drinks, the princes and the junior Nawabs would open their minds and reveal the secret action plans being drawn out in the Nizam’s palace. Once intoxicated, they would tell me about the plans to merge Hyderabad with Pakistan after independence. This was information that no one outside the Nawab’s close family members and the British secret service were privy to. But I ensured that this information reached directly to Sardar Patel and thus grew our relation,” writes Nair.
The relation between Nair and Sardar Patel was such that the former’s director general in the ministry told him once: “Sardar Patel keeps an open house for you.” Nair, who worked in various ministries during his three-decade long civil service career, writes that the formation of North East Frontier Service under the Ministry of External Affairs by Nehru and the removal of the affairs of the Jammu & Kashmir from the Ministry of Home Affairs are the major reasons behind the turmoil in both the regions.

“This was done by Nehru to curtail the wings of Sardar Patel,” Nair has written. Though Sardar Patel was known as a no-nonsense man devoid of any sense of humour, Nair has written about lighter moments featuring him. The one centres around VP Menon with whom Patel had a special relation. Menon had to face the ire of Nesamani Nadar, a Congress MP from Kanyakumari, during his visit to Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the reorganisation of States. Nadar barged into Menon’s suit in the State Gust House and shouted at him for not obeying his diktats. Menon, who was enjoying his quota of sun-downer, asked Nadar to get out of his room. A furious Nadar sent a six-page letter to Sardar Patel trading all kinds of charges against Menon. “He was fully drunk when I went to meet him in the evening and he abused me using the filthiest of languages,” complained Nadar in his letter.

Sardar Patel, who read the letter in full asked his secretary V Shankar, an ICS officer: “Shankar, does VP take drinks?” Shankar, who was embarrassed by the question, had to spill the beans. “Sir, Menon takes a couple of drinks in the evening,” he said. Sardar was curious to know what was Menon’s favorite drink. Shankar replied that Menon preferred only Scotch. “Shankar, you instruct all government secretaries to take Scotch in the evening,” Sardar told Shankar. Nair writes that this anecdote was a rave in the Delhi evenings for a number of years!

Balraj Krishna (92), who authored Sardar’s biography, told The Pioneer that Nehru was opposed to Babu Rajendra Prasad, the then President, travelling to Bombay to pay his last respects to Patel. “But Prasad insisted and made it to Bombay,” said Krishna. MV Kamath, senior journalist, said though Nehru too attended the funeral of Patel, it was C Rajagopalachari, who delivered the funeral oration.

Prof MGS Narayanan, former chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research, said there was no reason to disbelieve what Nair has written. “But his memoirs did not get the due recognition it deserved. It is a historical chronicle of pre-and post independent India,” he said.



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10 responses to “How Nehru planned to take Hyderabad to UN

  1. The Real India was totally abandoned by the likes of Nehru and his lineage.

  2. Ram Sharma

    Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was loved by the Indian masses when he was alive, and is still loved for what he accomplished in a very short duration.he was in power. It may be that Gandhi JI was hesitant in supporting his fellow Gujarati, however qualified and suitable.or his relative Raja JI who was not as popular in Congress as Patel or Nehru. It is also possible that Gandhi Ji had soft corner for British educated Nehru. Sardar truly represented India. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad repented for preferring Nehru over Palet for PM position in his later years. Obviously, India suffered due to the faulty decision of Gandh Ji in recommending Nehru to become the first PM of India.

  3. Punam

    Nehru and his dynesty ,their linkage,their
    cruel comnitment to stick with power not.suitable for Indian ethos ,which represented
    by Patel.

    • Ram Sharma

      Punam, most people have probably forgotten the cowardice way Nehru dealt with the simmering resentment in his Party after the India-China border clash in 1962. He suggested that some senior members of his Cabinet resign to do the Party work, but no one obliged. At that juncture, he offered to resign himself, but his yes men requested him to remain PM. Then two of his confidantes, Kamraj and Lal Bahadur Shastri, came up with a crooked plan, known as Kamraj plan (I have respect for both these leaders), In this plan every Cabinet membet of Nehru and Congress CMs of states had to tender their resignation, and then Nehru could decide which ones to accept. Samraj and Shastri both took lead to set up an example. It just happens that the reluctant Cabinet members and CMs put their resignation letters on the table of Nehru, and he accepted only tthose whom he thought were not his yes men, but they had not openly revolted. Soon after Kamraj was rewarded by making him Party Chief and Shasti as Minister without Portfolio in th Office of PM. Then Nehru suspected that Shastri had ambitions of becoming PM after him. So, Shastri was deprived of looking into the important files in the PM’s office. It was Kamraj as Party Chief who helped Shastri to succede Nehru as PM. Nehru wanted his daughter Indira to succede him.

  4. Vineet

    At times wish that had Nathuram Godse killed both Gandhi and Nehru atleast 20 years earlier, we may have been better.

    Or Gandhi had died natural death some time in 1920s. We may have had either Patel or Bose as our PM.

    And now we have the stupid from that lineage – Rahul Gandhi – shown as Yuvraaj by Congressi Stooge Media

    Only if….

    • Khush kar diyaa Bandhoo. Abheee bhi opportunity hai galat ko theek karney kee. Hamaaraa desh Hindusthan abhee bhee Dushmano se – ander aur bahar ghiraa hua hai

  5. Anonymous

    true nehru was a bitch

  6. Rohan Fernando

    This article contains an interesting anecdote about V P Menon, who played a crucial role during the period on independence. He is not as well known as he should be. For more information on him please read the paper ‘V P Menon – The Forgotten Architect of Modern India’ which is available on

  7. Vishnu Sharma

    Nehru had a masochist and a very self centered and self adoring personality. He was contemptuous of the broad masses of India and
    hated to be associated with anything Indian including her culture and history.

    He enjoyed reading news clippings where Muslims were reportedly slaughtering defenseless Hindus in Punjab and Bengal but had police units shoot on Sikhs and Hindus taking revenge on Muslims in Delhi.

    He hated India and the Indian people like no one before him and his dynasty share they same traits. They want power without accountability and want to name every bridge and park in India after a member of the family. Truly this is a Mafia family which has ruled India and the Indian people of their rightful place in the world for the past 60 years during which they have looted 30 trillion dollars from India’s treasury.

    We need a revolution in India in which this family as well as the party it controls will be ousted in the same bloody manner in which the Romanians ousted their dictator Ceaucescu in 1990.

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