ISBN 9788129117250,The First Flush Of Freedom

The First Flush Of Freedom


H. M. Patel


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9788129117250

ISBN-10 8129117258


Number of Pages 296 Pages
Language (English)


Dadabhai Naoroji, Aurobindo Ghose, Balgangadhar Tilak, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, Vallabhai Patel, and of course, Mahatma Gandhi, are familiar faces in Indian history, especially regarding the struggle for independence. But there are also men, belonging to another generation, who helped carry the country over the stormy waters of transition, the blood-letting of Partition, and the general civic unrest that attends the birth of a great democratic nation. H.M. Patel is one such forgotten hero: one of the men who presided with commitment, care and wisdom over the fragile, early decades of the infant republic. Midwifery, Socrates said, is a humble vocation. It seeks no praise for itself but quietly serves the greatness that is waiting to be born. About the Author Born in Bombay to a middle-class Gujarati family in 1904, H.M. Patel was educated at St. Xavier's School, Bombay, and at Felixstowe, London and Oxford. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1927. Appointed cabinet secretary before he turned forty, by the viceroy, Lord Wavell, Patel went on to have an illustrious career in public service as Secretary of Foods and Agriculture, Defence Secretary, and Finance Secretary. After his resignation from the ICS in 1958, Patel joined politics. He was the leader of the opposition during the Emergency, and held the positions of Finance Minister and, later, Home Minister. He died on November 30, 1993.