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Merging the 554 princely states with the Indian state was one of the most structurally monumental tasks that the Indian administration faced after Independence.

V.P. Menon worked closely with Sardar Patel to help integrate the princely states with India.

The book details the negotiations he carried out with each of these states.

He has taken up the case of each state and shown how they were persuaded to sign the Instrument of Accession which made them a part of the Indian union.

He also shows how various states were grouped together to form new administrative units.

This reissue of the volume has a new Introduction that contextualizes it for contemporary readers. It gives us a brief account of the author, the book and the background in which it was written. It tells us how the process of carving out states from the jigsaw puzzle that India was after Independence is something that continues.

V.P. Menon was Secretary, States Ministry after Independence. He played a crucial role in integrating the princely states with the Indian union.

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  • PDF | 520 pages
  • Orient Longman Ltd (September 1, 1998)
  • English
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  • By Robin Behar on February 22, 2016

    A magnificent record of the negotiations that led to the effective confiscation of the Princely states by the new republic, negotiated in great part on behalf of the Congress Party by the author himself, demonstrating how the Maharajahs and Princes were effectively bamboozled into a false sense of security, to which they were persuaded to sign up by Mr Menon and the Sardar Patel acting on behalf of Pandit Nehru. It was Mr Nehru's daughter Indira (Gandhi) who later removed all their remaining privileges and most of their assets in one of the most shameful episodes in the modern history of India. This book is of course written from the viewpoint of the rulers of the new republic, for whom each successful negotiation (capitulation leading to the eventual demotion and in some cases ruin of a hereditary regional ruler) represented an achievement.This excellent record should be read in conjunction with "The Transfer of Power in India" by the same author (ISBN 81 250 1547 7) published in 1957 and reissued in 1999, in which gain V.P.Menon was himself deeply implicated, keeping a careful record of all the meetings and negotiations that led up to Independence. These books are two of the most important documents of the long struggle that resulted in the famous "freedom at midnight" and the creation of the world's largest democracy. For anyone with an interest in the modern history of the subcontinent, they are essential reading.


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