A.G. Noorani’s book The Destruction of Hyderabad is about the ultimate, forced incorporation of Hyderabad into India. Noorani’s charge, pursued with considerable zeal, is that Patel was communal in his outlook and he “hated the Nizam personally and ideologically opposed Hyderabad’s composite culture.” (Page 214). But is that really an issue in the larger story of forging the nation-state that India is today?
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