Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) – Letter - an important letter, handwritten in Gujerati by Patel which mentions Gandhi (Bapu), but also describes the conditions and life whilst imprisoned, presumably in the Yeravda Central Jail:
I received your two letters, on of 14th and the second of 20th. Also I received the letter to the Bapu. Apart from that, I also got the letter on Mahadevbhai. The letter Bapu wrote to you is sent to the mail of Ashram but the mail of Bapu goes to the government and remains there still. And after many days it gets released from there and then comes here. After that it drops to mailbox from here. That is why when he writes letter to someone, it is not reaching on time. But the letters written to him are given him directly. So he receives them immediately. Therefore we have received your letter too immediately.
You want to know our routine of life, but it can be described in brief. “Eat, Drink and [Illegible]”. Everything comes in this.
In early morning at 4:00 am doing prayer and walking around for almost an hour and then reading, after that from 6 to 7 am, taking breakfast of milk and roti drinking tea. Then reading newspaper for an hour and we start spinning. Bathing at 10 am and then rest for half an hour. After that again reading. Again taking meal at 4 pm in which here they prepare Dal (pulse), Bhat (rice), Shak (vegetables) and roti – everything. And I am Mahadev eat the meal. I keep the routine like this. Then again walking around for an hour from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Then again we read. Then at 7.30 we do prayer. Then reading for an hour and at nine o’clock we go to bed. In the early morning exactly at 3.40 we used to wake up. In reading recently I have started learning Sanskrit so I have to give a good amount of time in it. And I am also reading other miscellaneous subjects. If we study philosophy then we can get some new knowledge but. But it is the matter of internal looks and also it needs some culture of previous incarnations. But it is sure that we are fortunate that we got to live with Bapu so it is due to some good deeds cumulated from our previous birth. You need a share from me and you are going to demand it when I come back. It is true but you will get it if you get it from Vidyanand Maharaj or your devotion is by other way. And you will have to get a share from whatever you get, right? Why the doctor is not going to Mumbai and get a good doctor to make his tooth box. You should do it as Chhaganbhai did. Otherwise it will cause trouble. It can be done while you are out, after that it might not be possible. So you will only plan to go after the doctor’s health becomes well.
What are the news about Lilavatiben? Now Haribhai must have get back to work. It is not good being a doctor he stays in bed at rest. Now, as Motilal Sheth has gone so where is the Katha of Vidyanandji Maharaj happens and at which place? And where he has given the stay? You also must be telling the Katha of Belgam to everyone. You should also write a book of your experiences then people will light a lamp near you and worship you believing you as a goddess.
We all of the three became very happy reading your letter.
Did anyone go to see to Diwan master? What is the news of him?
We all the three are very happy and our health are good. The letter attached is for Maniben and Doctor, so give it to them.
Written in black ink to both sides of paper. Some folds and corrections. 21cm x 13cm, approx.
Upon the failure of the Round Table Conference in London, Gandhi and Patel were arrested in January 1932 when the struggle re-opened, and imprisoned in the Yeravda Central Jail. During this term of imprisonment, Patel and Gandhi grew close to each other, and the two developed a close bond of affection, trust, and frankness. Their mutual relationship could be described as that of an elder brother (Gandhi) and his younger brother (Patel). Despite having arguments with Gandhi, Patel respected his instincts and leadership. In prison, the two discussed national and social issues, read Hindu epics, and cracked jokes. Gandhi taught Patel Sanskrit. Gandhi's secretary, Mahadev Desai, kept detailed records of conversations between Gandhi and Patel. When Gandhi embarked on a fast-unto-death protesting the separate electorates allocated for untouchables, Patel looked after Gandhi closely and himself refrained from partaking of food. Patel was later moved to a jail in Nasik, and refused a British offer for a brief release to attend the cremation of his brother Vithalbhai, who had died in October 1933. He was finally released in July 1934
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel (31 October 1875 – 15 December 1950), endeared as Sardar, was an Indian statesman. He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1950. He was a barrister and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress, who played a leading role in the country's struggle for independence, guiding its integration into a united, independent nation. He was one of the conservative members of the Indian National Congress. In India and elsewhere, he was often called Sardar, meaning "chief" in Hindi, Urdu, and Persian. He acted as the Home Minister during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. One of Mahatma Gandhi's earliest political lieutenants, he organised peasants from Kheda, Borsad, and Bardoli in Gujarat in non-violent civil disobedience against the British Raj, becoming one of the most influential leaders in Gujarat. He was appointed as the 49th President of Indian National Congress, organising the party for elections in 1934 and 1937 while promoting the Quit India Movement.