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Ravi Vasant Patel (born December 18, ) is an American actor. He has also written and directed, with his sister, an autobiographical documentary, Meet the. Ravi Vasant Patel (born December 18, ) is an American actor. Patel co- directed and starred in Meet the Patels, a documentary that he made with his sister, Geeta Patel, This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/22/ Meet the Patels is a American romantic comedy documentary film directed by siblings Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel. The film explores the expectations.
Churchill offered union with England to the French. That was indeed a stroke of inspired statesmanship. But when it comes to India?
Constitutional changes in the midst of a war? The objective this time is to free India before the Japanese can come and be ready to fight them if they come. They will round up the leaders, round up all. Then it will be the duty of every Indian to put forth his utmost effort—within non-violence. No source is to be left untapped; no weapon untried. This is going to be the opportunity of a lifetime.
Patel's organising work in this period is credited by historians with ensuring the success of the rebellion across India. Here he spun cloth, played bridge, read a large number of books, took long walks, and practised gardening. He also provided emotional support to his colleagues while awaiting news and developments from the outside.
More thanpeople were arrested and many were killed in violent struggles with the police. Strikes, protests, and other revolutionary activities had broken out across India. In the elections, the Congress won a large majority of the elected seats, dominating the Hindu electorate.
The Congress formed governments in all provinces save SindhPunjaband Bengalwhere it entered into coalitions with other parties. Cabinet mission and partition[ edit ] See also: Partition of India When the British mission proposed two plans for transfer of power, there was considerable opposition within the Congress to both. Patel engaged the British envoys Sir Stafford Cripps and Lord Pethick-Lawrence and obtained an assurance that the "grouping" clause would not be given practical force, Patel converted Jawaharlal NehruRajendra Prasadand Rajagopalachari to accept the plan.
Under Nehru, who was styled the "Vice President of the Viceroy's Executive Council", Patel took charge of the departments of home affairs and information and broadcasting. He moved into a government house on Aurangzeb Road in Delhi, which would be his home until his death in He had been outraged by Jinnah's Direct Action campaign, which had provoked communal violence across India, and by the viceroy's vetoes of his home department's plans to stop the violence on the grounds of constitutionality.
Patel severely criticised the viceroy's induction of League ministers into the government, and the revalidation of the grouping scheme by the British without Congress's approval. The continuation of a divided and weak central government would, in Patel's mind, result in the wider fragmentation of India by encouraging more than princely states towards independence.
Menon on the latter's suggestion for a separate dominion of Pakistan created out of Muslim-majority provinces. Communal violence in Bengal and Punjab in January and March further convinced Patel of the soundness of partition. Patel, a fierce critic of Jinnah's demand that the Hindu-majority areas of Punjab and Bengal be included in a Muslim state, obtained the partition of those provinces, thus blocking any possibility of their inclusion in Pakistan.
Patel's decisiveness on the partition of Punjab and Bengal had won him many supporters and admirers amongst the Indian public, which had tired of the League's tactics, but he was criticised by Gandhi, Nehru, secular Muslims, and socialists for a perceived eagerness to do so. Knowing Gandhi's deep anguish regarding proposals of partition, Patel engaged him in frank discussion in private meetings over what he saw as the practical unworkability of any Congress—League coalition, the rising violence, and the threat of civil war.
I fully appreciate the fears of our brothers from [the Muslim-majority areas]. Nobody likes the division of India and my heart is heavy. But the choice is between one division and many divisions. We must face facts. We cannot give way to emotionalism and sentimentality. The Working Committee has not acted out of fear. But I am afraid of one thing, that all our toil and hard work of these many years might go waste or prove unfruitful.
My nine months in office has completely disillusioned me regarding the supposed merits of the Cabinet Mission Plan. Except for a few honourable exceptions, Muslim officials from the top down to the chaprasis peons or servants are working for the League. The communal veto given to the League in the Mission Plan would have blocked India's progress at every stage. Whether we like it or not, de facto Pakistan already exists in the Punjab and Bengal.
Under the circumstances I would prefer a de jure Pakistan, which may make the League more responsible.
We have 75 to 80 percent of India, which we can make strong with our own genius. The League can develop the rest of the country. Patel took the lead in organising relief and emergency supplies, establishing refugee camps, and visiting the border areas with Pakistani leaders to encourage peace.
Visiting the Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah area in Delhi, where thousands of Delhi Muslims feared attacks, he prayed at the shrine, visited the people, and reinforced the presence of police.
He suppressed from the press reports of atrocities in Pakistan against Hindus and Sikhs to prevent retaliatory violence. Establishing the Delhi Emergency Committee to restore order and organising relief efforts for refugees in the capital, Patel publicly warned officials against partiality and neglect.
When reports reached Patel that large groups of Sikhs were preparing to attack Muslim convoys heading for Pakistan, Patel hurried to Amritsar and met Sikh and Hindu leaders. Arguing that attacking helpless people was cowardly and dishonourable, Patel emphasised that Sikh actions would result in further attacks against Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan.
He assured the community leaders that if they worked to establish peace and order and guarantee the safety of Muslims, the Indian government would react forcefully to any failures of Pakistan to do the same. Additionally, Patel addressed a massive crowd of approximatelyrefugees who had surrounded his car after the meetings: Here, in this same city, the blood of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims mingled in the bloodbath of Jallianwala Bagh. I am grieved to think that things have come to such a pass that no Muslim can go about in Amritsar and no Hindu or Sikh can even think of living in Lahore.
The butchery of innocent and defenceless men, women and children does not behove brave men I am quite certain that India's interest lies in getting all her men and women across the border and sending out all Muslims from East Punjab. I have come to you with a specific appeal. Pledge the safety of Muslim refugees crossing the city. Any obstacles or hindrances will only worsen the plight of our refugees who are already performing prodigious feats of endurance.
If we have to fight, we must fight clean. Such a fight must await an appropriate time and conditions and you must be watchful in choosing your ground. To fight against the refugees is no fight at all. No laws of humanity or war among honourable men permit the murder of people who have sought shelter and protection. Let there be truce for three months in which both sides can exchange their refugees. This sort of truce is permitted even by laws of war.
Let us take the initiative in breaking this vicious circle of attacks and counter-attacks. Hold your hands for a week and see what happens. Make way for the refugees with your own force of volunteers and let them deliver the refugees safely at our frontier. However, Patel was criticised by Nehru, secular Muslims, and Gandhi over his alleged wish to see Muslims from other parts of India depart. While Patel vehemently denied such allegations, the acrimony with Maulana Azad and other secular Muslim leaders increased when Patel refused to dismiss Delhi's Sikh police commissioner, who was accused of discrimination.
Hindu and Sikh leaders also accused Patel and other leaders of not taking Pakistan sufficiently to task over the attacks on their communities there, and Muslim leaders further criticised him for allegedly neglecting the needs of Muslims leaving for Pakistan, and concentrating resources for incoming Hindu and Sikh refugees. Patel clashed with Nehru and Azad over the allocation of houses in Delhi vacated by Muslims leaving for Pakistan; Nehru and Azad desired to allocate them for displaced Muslims, while Patel argued that no government professing secularism must make such exclusions.
However, Patel was publicly defended by Gandhi and received widespread admiration and support for speaking frankly on communal issues and acting decisively and resourcefully to quell disorder and violence.
Political integration of India This event formed the cornerstone of Patel's popularity in the post-independence era. Even today he is remembered as the man who united India. He is, in this regard, compared to Otto von Bismarck of Germany, who did the same thing in the s. Indian nationalists and large segments of the public feared that if these states did not accede, most of the people and territory would be fragmented.
The Congress as well as senior British officials considered Patel the best man for the task of achieving unification of the princely states with the Indian dominion. Gandhi had said to Patel, "[T]he problem of the States is so difficult that you alone can solve it". Menon, a senior civil servant with whom he had worked on the partition of India, to become his right-hand man as chief secretary of the States Ministry.
Patel used social meetings and unofficial surroundings to engage most of the monarchs, inviting them to lunch and tea at his home in Delhi. At these meetings, Patel explained that there was no inherent conflict between the Congress and the princely order. Patel invoked the patriotism of India's monarchs, asking them to join in the independence of their nation and act as responsible rulers who cared about the future of their people.
He persuaded the princes of states of the impossibility of independence from the Indian republic, especially in the presence of growing opposition from their subjects. He proposed favourable terms for the merger, including the creation of privy purses for the rulers' descendants. While encouraging the rulers to act out of patriotism, Patel did not rule out force. All but three of the states willingly merged into the Indian union; only Jammu and KashmirJunagadhand Hyderabad did not fall into his basket.
Hyderabad state in Its area stretched over large parts of the current Indian states of TelanganaKarnatakaand Maharashtra. British Indian Empire in Junagadh was especially important to Patel, since it was in his home state of Gujarat. It was also important because in this Kathiawar district was the ultra-rich Somnath temple which in the 11th century had been plundered by Mahmud of Ghazniwho damaged the temple and its idols to rob it of its riches, including emeralds, diamonds, and gold.
Patel combined diplomacy with force, demanding that Pakistan annul the accession, and that the Nawab accede to India. He sent the Army to occupy three principalities of Junagadh to show his resolve. Following widespread protests and the formation of a civil government, or Aarzi Hukumat, both Bhutto and the Nawab fled to Karachiand under Patel's orders the Indian Army and police units marched into the state.
A plebiscite organised later produced a If Hyderabad does not see the writing on the wall, it goes the way Junagadh has gone. Pakistan attempted to set off Kashmir against Junagadh. When we raised the question of settlement in a democratic way, they Pakistan at once told us that they would consider it if we applied that policy to Kashmir. Our reply was that we would agree to Kashmir if they agreed to Hyderabad.
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Muslim forces loyal to Nizam, called the Razakarsunder Qasim Razvipressed the Nizam to hold out against India, while organising attacks on people on Indian soil. Even though a Standstill Agreement was signed due to the desperate efforts of Lord Mountbatten to avoid a war, the Nizam rejected deals and changed his positions. Patel insisted that if Hyderabad were allowed to continue as an independent nation enclave surrounded by India, the prestige of the government would fall, and then neither Hindus nor Muslims would feel secure in its realm.
After defeating Nizam, Patel retained him as the ceremonial chief of state, and held talks with him. Prime Minister Nehru was intensely popular with the masses, but Patel enjoyed the loyalty and the faith of rank and file Congressmen, state leaders, and India's civil servants. Patel was a senior leader in the Constituent Assembly of India and was responsible in large measure for shaping India's constitution. He is also known as the "Bismarck of India". Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar as the chairman of the drafting committee, and the inclusion of leaders from a diverse political spectrum in the process of writing the constitution.
His intervention was key to the passage of two articles that protected civil servants from political involvement and guaranteed their terms and privileges.
When a delegation of Gujarati farmers came to him citing their inability to send their milk production to the markets without being fleeced by intermediaries, Patel exhorted them to organise the processing and sale of milk by themselves, and guided them to create the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Limitedwhich preceded the Amul milk products brand.
Patel also pledged the reconstruction of the ancient but dilapidated Somnath Temple in Saurashtra.
He oversaw the restoration work and the creation of a public trust, and pledged to dedicate the temple upon the completion of work the work was completed after his death and the temple was inaugurated by the first President of India, Dr.
When the Pakistani invasion of Kashmir began in SeptemberPatel immediately wanted to send troops into Kashmir. But, agreeing with Nehru and Mountbatten, he waited until Kashmir's monarch had acceded to India.
Patel then oversaw India's military operations to secure Srinagar and the Baramulla Pass, and the forces retrieved much territory from the invaders.
Patel, along with Defence Minister Baldev Singhadministered the entire military effort, arranging for troops from different parts of India to be rushed to Kashmir and for a major military road connecting Srinagar to Pathankot to be built in six months. He did not want foreign interference in a bilateral affair. Patel opposed the release of Rs. They both had such an effervescence, such independent voices. They were very brave in their storytelling. With Anthony, I had the honor of spending time with him, and I was inspired by his approach to directing and working with his crew through kindness.
I really believe in being kind and loving as a director, and in any part of life.
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I also love the way Anthony incorporates music and gorgeous verse into his films… The English Patient was the film that knocked me out and made me want to work in film. I love Almodovar as well. The rich culture and intimacy in his films. Mira Nair and Satyijat Ray blow my mind. The seemingly verite quality of their films. What inspired you to film scenes in an impromptu, casual, style? I never wanted to make the film, let alone be in it!
My brother made me do it and once I started filming, I realized the film needed to be made. The inspiration for the film was the actual subject and story, and my amazing, magical brother. Is there any information on this that we should know about? I can tell you that we have spent more time snacking and making tea than writing…. How did it happen? What was it like working with Mindy Kaling?
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In general, I love working in comedy! I get paid to laugh all day. The crew and producers and actors were so dedicated and talented. Are there fellow South Asians in Hollywood that you look up to? Michael Moore and Ross Kauffman are big inspirations.
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