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Bombay city boss Congress party treasurer and union cabinet minister from Nehru to Indira Sadashiv Kanoji Patil 1898 1981.pdf (759.68 kB)

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 2023-06-02, 12:54 authored by Rakesh AnkitRakesh Ankit

S.K. Patil, quintessential Congressman of Bombay city and cabinet minister in three central 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 Patelite, Patil was a thorn in Nehru’s side. A leader of the business community, he identified with a network politics involving capital. He was an indifferent administrator, but an influential party apparatchik and his career peaked in 1964–1967, when he was a part of the all-important Congress “syndicate.” Afterward, however, he struggled for relevance in the turbulent decade of the 1970s. In this research article based on Patil’s personal papers, I offer these fragments from his political life as interesting prisms through which to view (a) aspects of intra-party and inter-ministerial conflictual culture, (b) issues concerning the top-down character of governance with implications for public policy and (c) the complex opposition to it, both inside and outside, thereby repaying this visit to an individual’s trajectory in contemporary history with parallels for current politics.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

India Review

Volume

22

Issue

3

Pages

333-359

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor & Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-07-31

Publication date

2023-05-26

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

1473-6489

eISSN

1557-3036

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Rakesh Ankit. Deposit date: 4 August 2022

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