Old article I found with nice pics. I agree with the author that Mahatma Gandhi introduced `High Command` culture in Congress ! However, Gandhi ji also had asked Congress to be split into different parties in 1947 which I believe was a good idea but ignored by Congress party leaders after 1947 as they wanted to savour power as `brown sahibs` ! I also feel the same kind of attitude today from English speaking elite of Delhi including posh TV anchors and Harvard-Oxford educated rich scions of political dynasties when confronted by leader like Narendra Modi who comes from a humble background. Will same story be repeated today i.e. dimpled, fair skinned English speaking Rahul Gandhi become the (de facto) Prime Minister of India while Narendra Modi goes back to being CM of Gujarat ? Not unlikely as poor, illiterate voters all over the country are likely to vote for `mai baap` Congress or one of the many caste based regional parties who can together patch up an alliance to keep out `communal forces` ! Will be a loss for India IMO if this happens again. //Begin Article Why Gandhi opted for Nehru and not Sardar Patel for PM New Delhi, Oct 31: New Delhi, Oct 31: As Machiavelli wrote -" History is written by the victors". The official history of independent India was written and overseen by that faction of the Congress party which emerged victorious in the leadership tussle on the eve of independence with the tacit but partisan support of none other than the all powerful and universally venerable Mahatma Gandhi. According to this official history, Jawahar Lal Nehru was elected as the first Prime minister of India and Sardar Patel became his deputy and it was all done purely on merit. The official history has always downplayed the grave injustice that was done to the â€˜Iron Man of Indiaâ€™ â€“ Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. Itâ€™s not that the official history does not mention the emergence of Sardar Patel and not Jawahar Lal Nehru as the overwhelming choice of the Congress party to lead India after independence but it has been reduced to mere footnotes and nothing more. Today, on the 137th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh BhaiPpatel, letâ€™s revisit the entire intra-party power struggle within Congress on the eve of independence and letâ€™s figure out what really went in favour of Jawahar Lal Nehru and what was it that deprived Sardar Patel his moment of glory despite the overwhelming support he enjoyed amongst the Congressmen. The entire rank and file of the Congress looked at Sardar Patel as the most deserving candidate to be sworn in as independent Indiaâ€™s first Prime Minister, given his proven track record of being an able administrator and a no-nonsense politician. Then what really went wrong? To find out the answer, we need to rewind back to 1946. By 1946, it had become quite clear that Indiaâ€™s independence was only a matter of time now. The Second World War had come to an end and the British rulers had started thinking in terms of transferring power to Indians. An interim government was to be formed which was to be headed by the Congress president as Congress had won the maximum number of seats in the 1946 elections. All of a sudden, the post of Congress president became very crucial as it was this very person who was going to become the first Prime Minister of independent India. At that time, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was the president of Congress party. In fact, he was the president for the last six years as elections could not be held for the Congress presientâ€™s post since 1940 due to Quit India movement, the Second World War and the fact that most of the leaders were behind bars. Azad was also interested in fighting and winning election for the Congress presidentâ€™s post as he, too, had ambitions to become the PM, but he was told in no uncertain terms by Mahatma Gandhi that he does not approve of a second term for a sitting Congress president and Azad had to fall in line ,albeit reluctantly. Not only this, Gandhi made it very clear to everybody that Nehru was his preferred choice for the Congress presidentâ€™s position.