Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lived a life which transcended the city of his birth, his Janmabhoomi – Porbander and also the city of his work, his Karmabhoomi – Ahmedabad. Gandhi, like Nehru was always an Indian first and a Gujarati second. Yet, no lesser a city, Ahmedabad still has Gandhi Ashram topping its must visit list. Gandhiji first established the Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad but as he faced difficulties in expanding it due to its location in the middle of the city, he decided to move to Sabarmati Ashram. Established between a jail and a crematorium – Gandhiji believed that a Satyagrahi had to go to either place, here are some snaps of its serene environs:
After Mahatma Gandhi passed away, the Ashram, as a part of his lasting legacy was converted in to a national monument and a museum on Gandhiji’s life, designed by no less than the great Charles Correa was built there.
Self help, simplicity and human equality were the principles through which Gandhiji ran his Ashrams which were almost like a social experiment in themselves. He also gave a lot of importance to self reliance – for oneself and also as a national economic policy: Swadeshi was as important for him as Swarajya. His understanding of capitalism led him to believe in a model of economy which was close to socialism, but based largely on creating a self reliant, decentralized economy.Check out this article about Gandhian Economics to know more.
The notion of every task is equally important was promulgated after his observation of life abroad and the necessity to eradicate casteism in Indian society.
Charkha or the Spinning Wheel
A mini Charkha or Spinning Wheel. Gandhiji emphasised on a self reliant society wherein each individual creates his own clothes, does his own work by himself and has minimal economic interaction with the society. The charkha was his way of believing in Swadeshi and also creating such a self reliant model of society.
The usually dry Sabarmati runs behind the Gandhi Ashram hence also called as Sabarmati Ashram. The Modi government has been working to create a riverfront on the banks of the Sabarmati using waters from the Narmada canals.