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Bombay “city boss,” Congress party treasurer and Union cabinet minister from Nehru to Indira: Sadashiv Kanoji Patil (1898–1981)

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posted on 05.08.2022, 08:34 authored by Rakesh AnkitRakesh Ankit

Sadashiv Kanoji (SK) Patil, quintessential Congressman of Bombay city and cabinet minister in three union governments from 1957 to 1963 and 1964 to 1967, was the kind of figure in Indian politics, who personified Rajni Kothari’s Congress “system” of clients-patrons and chains-links. A disciple of Vallabhbhai Patel, Patil was a thorn in Jawaharlal Nehru’s side. A political anchor for the business community, he identified with a network involving capital. He was an indifferent administrator, but an influential party apparatchik and his career peaked in 1964–67, when he was a part of the Congress “syndicate.” Afterwards, he struggled for relevance in the turbulent decade of the 1970s. In this article based on Patil’s personal papers, I offer fragments from his political life that are interesting prisms through which to view (a) aspects of intra-party and interministerial conflicts, (b) issues with top-down governance for public policy and, (c) the complex opposition to it, both inside and outside a Congress party in transition.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

India Review

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in India Review on [date of publication], available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].

Acceptance date

31/07/2022

ISSN

1473-6489

eISSN

1557-3036

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Rakesh Ankit. Deposit date: 4 August 2022

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