“Nehru Didn’t Want Patel In Cabinet”: S Jaishankar Cites VP Menon’s Biography

Jaishankar, while citing a biography of VP Menon, said in his tweets that PM Nehru had omitted Vallabhbhai Patel from the initial Cabinet list.

New Delhi| External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Wednesday, said referring to a book that the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru did not want Sardar Patel in his Cabinet in 1947.

He said he learnt about it from VP Menon’s autobiography.

A biography of VP Menon, a senior civil servant, who worked closely with India’s first Home Minister Sardar Patel and was a close aide to Patel, was written by Narayani Basu and Dr S Jaishankarhas released it.

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To which Ramchandra Guha, a renowned author, an Indian historian and economist, responded by calling the claim a myth.

Later Guha posted a snap of letter by Pandit Jawaharlal to Patel which proves the claims of the Biography and MEA minister S Jaishankar wrong.

“It is equally inconceivable that a Congress member would have swallowed this rumour as did a bureaucrat like V.P. Menon. Patel was the strongest pillar not just of the cabinet but also of the party over which Nehru presided. There was no question of Nehru leaving him out. And, as Patel assured him, their partnership proved unbreakable.” wrote , Professor of International Relations and History at Ashoka University.

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