To fight against the refugees is no fight at all. That was indeed a stroke of inspired statesmanship. But I am afraid of one thing, that all our toil and hard work of these many years might go waste or prove unfruitful. The pact was immediately in jeopardy. But, agreeing with Nehru and Mountbatten, he waited until Kashmir's monarch had acceded to India. He received an enthusiastic response from virtually every village.
Patel clashed with Nehru and Azad over the allocation of houses in Delhi vacated by Muslims leaving for Pakistan; Nehru and Azad desired to allocate them for displaced Muslims, while Patel argued that no government professing secularism must make such exclusions.
While often clashing with British officials on civic issues, he did not show any interest in politics. Patel's decisiveness on the partition of Punjab and Bengal had won him many supporters and admirers amongst the Indian public, which had tired of the League's tactics, but he was criticised by Gandhi, Nehru, secular Muslims, and socialists for a perceived eagerness to do so.
Indian nationalists and large segments of the public feared that if these states did not accede, most of the people and territory would be fragmented. Pledge the safety of Muslim refugees crossing the city. He reputedly cultivated a stoic character. Undaunted by his humble beginnings and the disheartening condition of the country under British colonial rule, Patel went on to study in England and became a barrister.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar as the chairman of the drafting committee, and the inclusion of leaders from a diverse political spectrum in the process of writing the constitution. At the All India Congress Committee meeting called to vote on the proposal, Patel said: I fully appreciate the fears of our brothers from [the Muslim-majority areas]. Neogy, two Bengali ministers, resigned, and Nehru was intensely criticised in West Bengal for allegedly appeasing Pakistan. Hindu and Sikh leaders also accused Patel and other leaders of not taking Pakistan sufficiently to task over the attacks on their communities there, and Muslim leaders further criticised him for allegedly neglecting the needs of Muslims leaving for Pakistan, and concentrating resources for incoming Hindu and Sikh refugees. He organised thousands of volunteers from all over the country to take part in processions of people violating the law. He established refugee centres across the district, mobilized volunteers, and arranged for supplies of food, medicines, and clothing, as well as emergency funds from the government and the public.
He, more than any other contemporary of his, was aware of the needs of a sound, stable administrative structure as the lynchpin of a functioning polity. When France fell before the Nazi onslaught, in the midst of total war, Mr. To depart from the path of rectitude in either of these respects is to debase public service and to lower its dignity," he had cautioned them on 21 April Patel combined diplomacy with force, demanding that Pakistan annul the accession, and that the Nawab accede to India.
Patel had a successful law practice, but as he became more influenced by the ideas of Gandhi he gave it up and threw himself into the campaign for Indian independence. He organised thousands of volunteers from all over the country to take part in processions of people violating the law. He was the right-hand man of Mahatma Gandhi and his trusted lieutenant.