The Governor of the Mughals in Deccan survived the British purges just by staying on the right side even if his namesake master lost his throne. Either the seven kulcha story was introduced after the last Nizam’s fall or it turned prophetic. But as fate played out, whatever the reasons, he was the only one who fought India and lost, never to know whether in a fair fight or not for the Hyderabadi C-in-C said he ordered the army not to fight. Either he is bluffing to stay on good graces after the fall of Hyderabad or he did it to save much tears.
Coming to the plan of action, the Goddard Plan was the actual government’s plan of action against Hyderabad. The plan involves capture of Hyderabad the state capital with a dual thrust by 1st Armoured Division, from Vijayawada in the East a distance of 250 km and Sholapur in the West, a distance of 300 km while small units will pin down the Nizam forces on the border. The actual plan was a minor deviation of the actual. This plan envisioned a western thrust through the Sholapur-Hyderabad axis and an eastern thrust along the Vijaywada-Hyderabad axis. Smaller thrusts were to be made from the South to protect the railway lines of communications and from the North in the Jalna area. The actual fight took in the Solapur action, the biggest fight being for Aurangabad and then for Bidar.
The below table(attached as an excel sheet), though incomplete, shows the progress of the operation. Highlighted party in the last columns is the winner of the round.
These are the casualties. There is contention in the numbers though.
Indian Army – 66 killed, 97 injured
Hyderabad Army – 807 killed, 122 injured, 1647 arrested
Razakars – 2727 killed, 102 injured, 1911 arrested
After War – 3364 Hyderabadis arrested

Operation Polo

Operation Polo

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