V P Menon - The Forgotten Architect of Modern India

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    http://www.forgotten-raj.org/doc/vp6.pdf


    V P Menon was the Constitutional Adviser to the last three Viceroys during British rule in India. He
    was the only Indian in Mountbatten’s inner team. Menon’s plan for the partition of India into two
    Dominions was the one which was eventually adopted. It was Menon who realised the need to get the
    Princely States to accede to India before the date of independence and that Mountbatten was the ideal
    person to facilitate this. When the communal violence began following independence, Menon asked
    Mountbatten to take charge. Menon and Sardar Patel later achieved the full integration of the Indian
    States. Menon has never received the recognition he deserved for his contributions and this paper is
    intended to highlight Menon’s role during this crucial period in Indian history and to draw attention to
    his views on events and personalities
     
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    I remember reading about him in the papers when I was in school. A very striking figure.
     
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    Yes, an unknown and forgotten figure now, V P Menon as Sardar Patels' deputy and right hand man ran around the country bringing sulking princes to sign the Instrument of Accession to india.. In those days when the national leaders where contemplating disbanding the pro british ICS , the camraderie between Patel and Menon was notable.. Between them they brought thousands of princes to sign the treaty, sweet talking, cajoling, even threatening.. There's even a story about Maharaja of Jodhpur who pointed a gun at his head in his anger at being forced to sign the Treaty..
    While both Patel and Menon led the political integration of india, Patel became famous as Iron Man of India while Menon was forgotten. No commemoration, no statues, not even a road or street named after him.
     
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    well excepts for Nehru clan who in india got right respect .None . And this continues by glorfying nehru clan in history books
     
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    If he had been from the cow belt today he would have been more famous than Patel.
     
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    How about Patel, Prasad, Shastri?
     
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    d u really think they are/were given proper respect by nehru clan . i donot see except on their birth/death anniversary by using half page adds in newspaper.
     

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