In 1947, as the struggle for India’s freedom was raging on, the Indian National Congress and the Government of India declared one objective—to politically integrate the country.
To accomplish this, the Department of States was established in June 1947 with two important men at the helm. One was the fearless leader who also moved on to become the first Deputy Prime Minister of India—Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Although it was Patel who created the initial framework to influence the Indian princes to accede, it was Menon who did the actual groundwork of coaxing them.
He travelled from court to court, having endless eye-to-eye discussions and negotiations. While his wit and diplomacy were able to win over several of them, the task was arduous. To the extent where he had a close shave with death when an angered maharaja sprung out a gun and threatened to shoot him point-blank.
Menon’s adventures and experiences are narrated in his book — The Story of the Integration of the Indian States —considered to be one of the most detailed works on the political integration of India.
Monday was his 126th birth anniversary, and this is a good time to remember the man who played an instrumental role in ensuring that over 500 princely states seamlessly joined the Union of India.
NAVAGRAHA STOTRAM* According to astrology, the positions of the nine planets in the twelve constellations of the zodiac and their movements are considered to be quite significant. The nine planets ‘Navagraha’ affect every aspect of human life. They play an important role in the activities, physical and mental health and life of any individual. The unfavorable positioning of any of these planets can be the cause of problems, bad health, and stagnation for many people. However, there is a solution to avoid the ill effects of the position and movement of the ‘Navagraha’ in our lives. Navagraha mantras (or stotram) are simple mantras which work as powerful healing tools to reduce the negative effects of any of the nine planets. These mantras are Hindu holy hymn addressing the nine planets. Benefits Of Navagraha Stotram And The Way to Practice The Navagraha Stotram is written b y Rishi Vyasa and is considered to be the peace mantra for the nine planets. They are powerful m
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