In Integration of Indian States, the author writes about the merging of the 554 princely states with the Indian union. This was one of the most difficult tasks that the Indian administration faced after independence. Sardar Patel along with V. P. Menon worked closely to convince the princely states to become a part of India. Integration of Indian States details the negotiations that were carried out with each of princely states. The author has taken up the case of each state and provides a comprehensive account of how they were persuaded to sign the Instrument of Accession, which ultimately united India.
About V. P. Menon
Rao Bahadur Vappala Pangunni Menon was an Indian civil servant, who played a key role in India’s partition and the integration of the princely states. Menon worked in the Indian Civil Service in a junior position. He worked diligently to become the highest serving Indian officer in British India. He was given the title of Rao Bahadur and appointed a CIE. He has also authored The Transfer of Power in India.