PATEL SHRI H.M., B.A., (Oxford) B.Com., (London) [Janata-Gujarat, Sabarkantha, 1984] s. of Shri Muljibhai Patel; b. at Bombay, August 27, 1904; ed. at St. Xavier's High School, Bombay and St. Catharine, Oxford; Widower; 5 d., Retired Indian Civil Servant; Union Minister, (i) Finance, 1977-79, (ii) Home Affairs, 1979; Leader, Janata Front in Parliament during Emergency in 1975; Sub-Divisional and District Officer, Sind, Sind Separation Officer, 1935; Deputy Secretary, Finance Department, Government of Bombay, 1936-37; Secretary, Stock Exchange Committee; Trade Commissioner for India in Northern Europe, Hamburg, 1937-39; Deputy Trade Commissioner and Trade Commissioner, London, 1939-40; Secretary, Eastern Group Supply Council, 1941-42; Deputy Director, General Supply Department, 1942-43; Secretary, Industries and Civil Supplies Department, 1943-46; Cabinet Secretary, 1947; Member, Steering Committee of the Partition Council, 1947; Partition Secretary, 1947-48; Secretary, Defence Ministry, 1947-53; Secretary, Food and Agriculture, 1953-55; Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs and Principal Finance Secretary, 1956-58; Honorary Chairman, Gujarat State Electricity Board; Chairman, (i) Charutar Vidya Mandal, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Kaira District, and (ii) Board of Trustees, Sastu Sahitya Trust, Ahmedabad, Member, (i) Gujarat State Legislative Assembly, 1967-71, (ii) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971-77 and (i) Sixth Lok Sabha, 1977-79; Member, Public Accounts Committee, 1985-86.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Reading and writing.
Sports and clubs: Tennis.
Travels abroad: U.K., U.S.A., Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Zambia and Kenya.
Permanent address: "Savita" Bakrol Road, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat.