When the Congress Party voted Sardar Patel as its leader, many say it was a mistake for Nehru to have become India’s first Prime Minister. A mistake they say compounded by the legacy of Nehru’s children and grandchildren becoming Prime Ministers.
Of Sardar Patel, who became India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, it was written in the book, ‘Sardar Patel, The Iron Man of India’: ‘Halfway between Ahmedabad and Baroda is the town of Nadiad. Here was born Patel (P) on a day that people believe was October 31, 1875. He belonged to a family of land owners, Patidars, modern day Patels. Their ancestors – possibly linked to the Huns who swept down from the northwest from the 6th century or to the Gurjars of Punjab or both. Some of their characteristics were loyalty to Hinduism, rallying against outsiders, male supremacy, and silence before elders. Bluntness in speech, an unconcern about dress and appearance, a sense of superiority towards non-Patidars and self-image of tough men meant they were naturally born to rule over others.’