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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