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Sardar Patel & the commander-in-chief

Was going through SK Kripalanl ICS ‘ book. Those were the days of partition. Some muslims had set up a machine gun nest atop a printing press.

‘The Sardar then ruled that military force must be used. He ordered me to fetch the c-in-c….I advised the General to come immediately”.The Sardar wanted the Faiz Bazar nuisance abated at once. The general whimpered about availability of troops for the job.But the Sardar, always a man of few words,said, that he expected  his instructions to be carried out. They were. The machine gun was wiped out


Triple Talaq saved the day for Jawaharlal/Motilal Nehru

Maj.Gen AA Rudra passed out from the Indore cadet college along with Cariappa (later Field Marshal) & others. He was amongst the senior most King’s commissioned officer of the Indian Army. His father Sushil Rudra was Principal,St.Stephen’s College,Delhi. Maj.Gen D.K.Palit Vr.C has written the biography of Gen.Rudra.Facts gleaned from that.

Motilal Nehru used to run ‘The Leader’.It used to promote Hindu-Muslim unity. He had picked up Syed Hussain, a handsome Ahmedabadi  from Oxford.He used to write articles on Hindu-Muslim unity in that paper and was staying with the Nehrus. Syed & Vijaylakshmi fell madly in love and decided to marry..Motilal Nehru was dead against their marriage.

Vijaylakshmi eloped with Syed and married as per muslim rites.They stayed in his home in Ahmedabad. Motilal Nehru roped in Gandhi. He brought Vijaylakshmi to Delhi. She stayed with the Rudras. After some time Syed followed her to Delhi, but was not allowed to meet  her. Using carrot & stick, Syed was arm twisted to pronounce triple talaqs. Jawaharlal came to Delhi & stayed with her. She was convinced by her brother to return to Allahabad. After a descent interval, marriage with a Pandit boy from Bombay was arranged.


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