The first and the last sentences are placed correctly, arrange the remaining sentences to form a logical sequence and then choose the correct option.
I. Sardar Patel was a man of principles
- Basically it was his success in integrating around 565 princely states after independence that got him the sobriquet of ‘Ironman of India'.
- Such was his resolve and craft that princely states were left with no other option but to merge with India.
- A fierce nationalist, he never believed in compromising with his core philosophy of ‘nation first’.
- Patel did not hesitate in using the policy of ‘Saam-Daam-Dand-Bhed’ (friendship, give-and-take, punishment, and divide-and-rule) for achieving his objective.
II. Even Mahatma Gandhi believed that it was only Patel who could take up the challenge of unifying the hundreds of princely states.
The question describes Sardar Patel “the iron man of India” as a man of principles.
Line C will logically follow as it further qualifies the term principles (he never believed in compromising with his core philosophy of ‘nation first’).
Line A further forms a logical pair with Line A and it describes the phrase “philosophy of nation first” and how Sardar Patel integrated around 565 princely states after independence. (A-D)
Line D describes his ideology, he followed for integrating the princely states.
Line B follows Line D as it describes how the princely states had to eventually merge with India (princely states were left with no other option).
So the correct sequence will be CADB.