Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Letter from Sardar Patel to Rafi Ahmed Kidwai

While I was reading through letters of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, here is an interesting letter that he wrote to Rafi Ahmed Kidwai.

New Delhi
25 July 1948
My dear Rafi,

This morning a person entered my house in the dirtiest clothes possible and looked like more of an intruder than any-body else. My peons and my guards took him as such and would have also dealt with him as such had he not announced that he was a telegraph peon and had telegrams to deliver.

I am sure that you will agree that it is a disgrace to us all if telegraph peons, or for that matter other peons, go about in such filthy condition. The telegraph peon have to go to embassies, consulates etc. I wonder what they must be thinking of the standard of the cleanliness and smartness of our postal peons when they see them in this condition. I think in the capital city of Delhi we must insist on better turnout of our staff. I suggest, therefore that you may issue instructions that in Delhi every telegraph and postal peon must be properly dressed and must be in clean clothes. I see no difficulty in regard to the issue of uniforms. If there are difficulties, they must be overcome in the fair name of this country.

Yours sincerely,
Vallabhbhai Patel
The Hon'ble Mr. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai
Minister for Communications
New Delhi

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