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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What connection does Ahmedabad share with Mahatma Gandhi?

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Ahmedabad is rightly regarded as the battlefront chosen by Mahatma Gandhi for India’s struggle for freedom as it figured prominently in all his endeavours. He made sure that Ahmedabad became the hotbed of non-violent movement by establishing Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Satyagraha Ashram, near Vadaj in 1915. This sprawling ashram by the banks of river Sabarmati became his home in Gujarat.

Year 1930 saw Mahatma Gandhi setting off on the famous Dandi March to oppose taxes levied on salt by the British Government from the precincts of Sabarmati Ashram. Ahmedabad also stood witness to the famous trial of 1922 when Mahatma Gandhi was tried for sedition at the Central Hall of the Government Circuit House. This historic trial on March 18, 1922 saw something that had never happened before with every single of 200 spectators rising up in respect when he entered the court. The likes of Kasturba Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, Pandit Malaviya, N.C. Kelkar, Smt. J.B. Petit and Ansuyaben Sarabhai made for the audience at the court.

Ahmedabad also houses Navajivan Publishing House (1919) and the Gujarat Vidyapith, a deemed University founded by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1920. Owing to his Swadeshi Policy that emphasised on using Indian goods rather than British imports, Ahmedabad captured the helm of textile industry. It’s because of him that Ahmedabad is now famously known as the Manchester of the East for its fast developing textile industry.

Ahmedabad indeed had a special place in Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle for freedom. The entire city is dotted with relics and monuments dedicated to the Father of the Nation, making for the major tourist attractions in Gujarat.

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Sabarmathi Ashram in Ahmedabad, was the place where Gandhiji began with his Satyagraha, Ahimsa way of attaining independence. It was then called the Satyagraha Ashram.
Here's my travelogue on the place: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2013/12/sabarmathi-ashram-ahmedabad-gujarat.html
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