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Dethroned: Patel, Menon And The Integration Of Princely India

Release date: 25 July 2023
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On 25 July 1947, India’s last viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, stood before the Chamber of Princes to d... Read More

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On 25 July 1947, India’s last viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, stood before the Chamber of Princes to deliver his career’s most important speech.He had just three weeks to convince over 550 princely states – some the size of Britain, some so small that cartographers had trouble locating them – to become part of a free India. The alternative was unthinkable – the fragmentation of the subcontinent into dozens of autocratic fiefdoms. This is the beginning of John Zubrzycki’s marvellous retelling of the story of how the princely states were coaxed, coerced or bludgeoned into joining India.

Zubrzycki expertly juggles a fascinating cast of characters:

Mountbatten, who grasped the complexity of the states problem far too late; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the pragmatic, toughminded politician and patriot, who employed both fury and charm to get his way; his deputy, V.P. Menon, the cigarsmoking civil servant and tireless master strategist, regarded by some as ‘the real architect’ of integration; Jawaharlal Nehru, who made no secret of his contempt for the princely order; Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who assiduously wooed wavering princes to his side; and finally, an array of bejewelled rulers, grappling with the challenge of a lifetime.

What Patel and Menon described as a ‘bloodless revolution’ was anything but. Zubrzycki also looks at how Pakistan dealt with the princely states that fell to its lot and takes the Indian story into the 1970s when an imperious Indira Gandhi delivered the final blow to the princely order.


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Title: Dethroned: Patel, Menon And The Integration Of Princely India
Author: John Zubrzycki
Publisher: Juggernaut
SKU: BK0478918
EAN: 9789353451691
Number Of Pages: 360
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 25 July 2023

About Author

John Zubrzycki is the author of several books, including The Shortest History of India; The House of Jaipur: The Inside Story of India’s Most Glamorous Royal Family; Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India and The Last Nizam: The Rise and Fall of India’s Greatest Princely State. He majored in South Asian history and Hindi at the Australian National University and has a PhD in Indian history from the University of New South Wales. John has worked in India as a diplomat and foreign correspondent and was the deputy foreign editor at The Australian newspaper before becoming a fulltime writer.

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