Sardar Patel’s Contributions

A talk by Hindol Sengupta

A talk on “The Man who Saved India”, on the contributions of Sardar Patel by the award-winning author Hindol Sengupta

The talk and panel discussion will cover issues such as: 

* How Sardar Patel weaved a nation from the 200+ years of British rule.

  • How Sardar Patel ensured Hyderabad and Junagadh became an integral part of India.
  • The dynamics among the triumvirate of Indian freedom leaders namely Sardar Patel, Gandhi ji and Nehru ji.
  • How Sardar Patel might have dealt with China and the Tibetan invasion.
  • Why Sardar Patel’s contribution has not come to light so far.


DIPF is offering you an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book by Hindol Sengupta at a price of £15.00 at the events. If you pre-order before the 15th of Jan 2019, there is a special price of £12.50. Please email Mukesh Naker on with your full postal address and contact number.

Event coordinators and assistance

Minesh Patel M: 07961 099 998 E: – Greater London Vipul Mistry M: 07968 776 304 E: – West Midlands & North Mukesh Naker M: 07713 137 425 E: – Rest

Introduction to Panelist’s


Award-winning writer Hindol Sengupta is senior journalist and author of nine books. His Being Hindu: Understanding a Peaceful Path in a Violent World became the first book on Hinduism to win the Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council of America in 70 years. He is the author of the bestselling book Swami Vivekananda, The Modern Monk. In 2015, he was awarded the PSF prize for public service through writing – an award earlier won by, among others, the late Indian scientist and president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. His book Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing the World’s Largest Democracy was shortlisted for the Hayek Prize given by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and has been a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He is currently a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford.


Dr Prakash Shah is a Reader in Culture and Law Queen Mary, University of London. He teaches and researches at the intersection of law and various fields including religion, culture, caste and immigration and has lectured internationally on these topics. He is joint editor of the book, Western Foundation of the Caste System (2017). His book, Against Caste on British Law (2015) is a critical study of the background and implications of the caste provision in the Equality Act 2010 and the case law on caste discrimination.


Dr. Gautam Sen has been a Principal Lecturer at the LSE summer school course on Development of the International Political Economy since January 1992. He has served as an Informal Adviser to the Government of India (Prime Minister, Law Commission and Ministry of External Affairs) on issues of economic liberalisation and relations with Nepal. He has been a Lecturer at various universities throughout his career. He has had an extensive career in academia. Dr. Sen serves as an Independent Director at Global Vectra HeliCorp Limited. He also serves as a Director of Peerless Hospitex Hospital & Research Centre Limited. He has been a Director of the Gandhi-Einstein Foundation since 2004. He holds a B.Sc. (Econ.) in International Relations from LSE University of London and Ph. D. degree jointly in the Departments of International Relations and Economics, LSE.

Launch Locations and Dates


Shree Prajapati Community Centre 21 Ulverscroft Road, Leicester LE4 6BY

Saturday 02 Feb 2019 1.00pm till 3.00pm


Shree Geeta Bhawan Birmingham 107 – 117 Heathfield Road Handsworth Birmingham B19 1HL

Saturday 02 Feb 2019 5.00pm till 7.00pm


Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj (Cardiff) Community Centre Mardy St, Cardiff CF11 6QT

Sunday 03 Feb 2019 5.30pm till 7.30pm

Introduction to DIPF

Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation (DIPF) is a think tank which works to articulate policy impacts on the Dharmic communities in United Kingdom and elsewhere. These policies can originate from central or local governments and other policy-making institutions. DIPF was launched in 2015 at an event attended by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus. Speaking at the launch of DIPF at the House of Commons, Mr Blackman pledged his support for the initiative. “The Dharmic faiths have contributed massively to the very life of this country.  They have succeeded in all sectors but have often been limited when it came to political engagement”, Mr Blackman said. “DIPF is a great idea that brings the wealth of talent from the Dharmic communities to engage directly within the political arena thereby enhancing the quality of debate for the whole of society.  I welcome this initiative and give it my full support.”


DIPF is thankful for the support from each of the respective Associations.

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