"Both of them (Nehru and Patel) were agreed that police action was the only solution left. But Nehru had some reservations because he did not want the culture of Hyderabad to be destroyed. Patel was indifferent to this worry and they finally agreed to go ahead," Noorani told Hindustan Times over phone from Mumbai. Srinath Raghavan, who has extensively researched the Hyderabad action, also accessed cabinet papers, records of discussions and personal letters that refer to the military action. 'On August 27 Nehru wrote a letter clearly pointing out that if (military) action is not taken then there will be lawlessness in Hyderabad. It is absurd to suggest that Nehru attacked Patel because he was part of the cabinet decision in July 1948 that cleared the deployment of the Indian army," he says.Read More: Nehru had called Patel a 'total communalist', says Advani In fact, Raghavan also points to the recorded minutes of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, the highest decision-making body on military matters, that clearly points to an impending cabinet decision.
Interestingly, the portions of Nair's account quoted by Advani in his blog don't refer to any particular date.
This raises further questions about the authenticity of the account because all the available official documentation accessed by Raghavan in India and the United Kingdom clearly show Nehru on board the decision to take on the Nizam of Hyderabad through military action.