Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
The birth-place of Gandhiji was Porbandar and his place of activity was Ahmedabad, both in Gujarat. It is beyond the control of a human being where to born and to decide his own birth-place; but it is under his total control where to work and to decide his place of activity. His work and his place of acvitity links him - inspires him with a region for his actions.

Gandhiji left for South Africa for leadership, but due to his insisting nature, he preferred public life there. By this way, South Africa also became his place of activity during the important beginning years in formulating his life. There his life, actually was the dawn of his life - an accomplishing life. Two were the means of his attainment Ashram and the Newspaper, Phoenix Ashram and the 'Indian Opinion'.

After returning to India, he deeply thought for his place of activity and he selected Ahmedabad for his mission (see page 16). In the beginning, he established "Satyagraha Ashram" at kochrab village near Ahmedabad. Within a year, he shifted this Ashram on the bank of the river Sabarmati, and he started his freedom movement from there. The second mean for this attainment of his national public life were the weeklies like 'Navjivan', Young India', and hereafter 'Harijan' and immediately he established 'Navjivan' institute in Ahmedabad to run these periodicals. He also established 'Gujarat Vidyapeeth' in Ahmedabad when it was acutely needed to establish such an institute for national awareness - patriotism, and he uttered the following words, "I have done a Rishi's work (Established Gujarat Vidyapeeth) if a son of bania could have done this." He led the textile mill labourers strike in Ahmedabad in 1918. This strike became known as a "Battle for Justice - Benevolence" all over and it expanded as an institute named the 'Majoor Mahajan Sangh" of today. The historical "Dandi March" from Ahmedabad to Dandi was started in 1930 in Gujarat which shook the foundations of the British Empire in india. Though born at Porbandar, Gandhiji selected Ahmedabad for his place of activity and Freedom Movement. Naturally, Gujarat can take a great pride for this man -"A man of the Universe".

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