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The First Flush of Freedom: Recollections and Reflections

H.M. Patel (Author)
Synopsis Volumes have been written about the Indian Freedom Movement that began with Dadabhoy Nooroji, Gandhi, Tagore and Sri Aurobindo. The men who followed them: Tilak and Nehru, Azad and Patel now occupy their rightful place in history. Very little has been said about a third generation of patriots, men who had lit their torches at the parental flame. It was their mission to carry the torch safely over the stormy waters of transition, the terrible bloodletting of the Partition and the general civic unrest that attends the birth of a great democratic nation. H.M. Patel was one of these forgotten heroes: men who presided with commitment, core and wisdom over the fragile early decades of the infant Republic. Midwifery, as Socrates said, is a humble vocation. It seeks no praise for itself but asks only to serve the greatness that is waiting to be born.
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About the author

H.M. Patel

Born in Bombay to middle class Gujarati parents in 1904. H.M. Patel was educated at Fellxstowe, Hamburg and Oxford. He joined the Indian Civil Service (ICS) in 1924. Appointed Cabinet secretary before the turned forty, by Viceroy Lord Wavell, HM went on to an illustrious career in public service as Partition secretary, secretary of Food and Agriculture, Defence secretary and finally principal Finance secretary. After his resignation from the ICS in 1958, HM re-entered the national arena by way of politics. He was the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha during the emergency. He went on to become successively the Finance minister and Home minister in the Union Cabinet from 1977 and 1980. H.M. Patel passed away on November 30, 1993.

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Bibliographic information

Title The First Flush of Freedom: Recollections and Reflections
Author H.M. Patel
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129106299
length xx+296p., B/w Plates; Index; 24cm.
Subjects Biography