He had since come to the conclusion that both were indispensable, pointing out that the government would be seriously weakened if it lost either.Patel arrived with his daughter, Manibehn, and was promptly ushered into the room where Gandhi sat at his spinning wheel.It was now nearly four o' clock in the afternoon, and soon there would be a meeting with Patel.Gandhi had earlier been drawn into the ideological differences and rivalry between Patel and Nehru, and had expressed the view that one of the two should withdraw from the cabinet.White predominated - the white of women's cotton saris and of men's clothes, caps and bulbous turbans. The wood crackled and seethed and the flames united into a single fire. Gandhi's body was being reduced to ashes and cinders. On Friday 30 January 1948, Gandhi woke up at his usual hour, a.m.At Rajghat, a few hundred feet from the river, a fresh pyre had been built of stone, brick, and earth. Long, thin sandalwood logs sprinkled with incense were stacked on it. After the morning prayer he put the final touches to the new constitution for Congress which he had been unable to finish the previous night.The conversation with Patel was long and absorbing one.
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
The raging Hindu-Muslim riots stopped immediately after and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his deputy Vallabhbhai Patel were forced to make peace.