What If

What if Vallabhbhai Patel, not Nehru, had been India’s first Prime Minister?

Here is a cursory yet plausible answer from historian Ramachandra Guha:

“[T]he Congress would have become more right-wing (and pro-Hindu), with Nehru leaving to start an opposition party which, with his charisma (which far exceeded Patel’s), would have swept to power in the first general elections. So, I fear, this most remarkable and simultaneously most reviled of modern Indians would have become prime minister after all.”

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[Pic courtesy: Rediff]

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One response to “What If

  1. Nehru is the great leader in India.

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