Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sabarmati Ashram: At home with the Mahatma

Sabarmati Ashram: At home with the Mahatma

More than being a memorial to the Father of the Nation, it is a place where the dreams of Gandhi still breathe

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

Serenity pervades the places associated with Mahatma Gandhi whether they be at Phoenix (Settlement) Ashram at Durban, South Africa, the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, or the Rajghat Memorial, Delhi. Despite the hordes, the Mahatma seems to compel so much respect that even noisy tourists tend to unconsciously maintain a semblance of discipline.

Our guide at Sabarmati Ashram led us to the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay housed in the iconic building designed by Charles Correa. The museum inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, has three spacious galleries - Gandhi in Ahmedabad, My Life Is My Message, and Painting Gallery. There is a library and archives here too. The museum houses thousands of items - rare personal effects, original letters and photocopies of his other letters, photos of Gandhi alone and with world leaders, and paintings of luminaries. Natural light and a cool breeze flow with ease through the corridors and rooms built to be as seamless as possible.


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Monday, October 2, 2017

When Mahatma Gandhi was welcomed by textile mill workers of Lancashire

When Mahatma Gandhi was welcomed by textile mill workers of Lancashire

During his visit to Lancashire, England in 1931 Gandhi was mobbed - not with anger but with admiration - by the same community of weavers who had lost their jobs due to the Indian National Congress' boycott of British goods.

Gandhi with journalists in London

A crowd numbering three to four thousand people assembled at Darwen Station... when the train was heard to be entering the station, there was babel of eager voices, and every eye was focused on the station exit, but hopes were quickly dashed to the ground and the crowd was greatly disappointed when the first passenger to see the gathering shouted, “You all can go home. He got off at Spring Vale [sic]”. - The Darwen News, September 26, 1931

The eagerly awaited visitor above is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; Darwen and Springvale were textile towns in Lancashire, England and the year was 1931 when Gandhi had been visiting England for the second Round table conference to discuss India’s future, as the sole representative of the Indian National Congress.

If one recalls, British cloth was burnt in heaps during the Non Cooperation and Civil Disobedience movements. And most likely, Lancashire would have been the place of its manufacture. Since the nineteenth century Lancashire had been the site of the world’s premier cotton-goods industry. The weaving towns of the region had flourished through trade, as the British empire had provided ever expanding markets for the goods produced by these cotton mills, along with ensuring a ready supply of cheap, raw cotton.



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