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Shree Guruji and Christian Missions

Introduction

By the time the British returned home abandoning their Indian rule in 1947, Shri Guruji – M. S. Golwalkar – the chief of the R. S.
S. had already made his debut on the national scene as one of the nation builders. Partition and freedom had arrived together and the question of religion had played havoc with the freedom of the country. Hindu society was under siege. Hostile elements within the country had posed a greater menace to national security than aggressors from outside. Threat of internal subversion appeared acute and real. Of late Christianity had been a powerful political irritant and a disruptive force. It had posed serious threat and danger to the safety, security and freedom of India. The country was confronted with a painful and complicated dilemma since the Christian church in India was controlled, directed and financed from outside. Guruji was watchful. The views of Guruji should be studied by anyone anywhere, who cares about India’s national past, national identity and national prospects.

a Hindu view of Christianity

India is an ancient nation and during the course of its mighty long history, numerous religious beliefs were propounded and numerous religious practices were evolved. Hinduism is the name of a confederation of all these religious beliefs. It is not a religion in the sense that Islam and Christianity are understood. Certainly Guruji’s connotation of the word Hindu is national and not religious. He was fully familiar with the nature and character of the Hindus.
Hindus are proud to have in their midst any number of faiths, beliefs, sects and religions. They do not only just tolerate but also appreciate their existence. A Hindu does not visualize God as a Christian God or a Muslim God. To a Hindu, God is God pure and simple.

He also does not distinguish ideas of God as true or false adopting one particular idea as the standard for the human race. Therefore people professing various religions are abounding in this country and Hindus take pride in it. Guruji believed not only in universal toleration but accepted all religions as true. He was proud that he belonged to a nation, which has, during different stages of history, sheltered the persecuted, and refugees of all religions and of all nations of the world.
If any of our countrymen wanted to practice a particular religious faith and if there was no scope for it, Guruji would have felt that the country has grown poorer that much. It was not true that Guruji was against any religion. It was equally untrue that he was against Christianity.

To Guruji there is much to admire in Christianity – the life story of Jesus Christ, sayings of the prophets, educative parables and moral ideas represented therein. But despite all this he was unable to identify himself with orthodox Christianity and the Church. So whenever Christianity challenged Hinduism, he drew a sharp distinction between the sectarianism and dogmatism of Christianity and the spirit of the teachings of the Christ. It is a line that separates Christ from Christians. The Holy Bible and Jesus Christ were held in high reverence by him but the activities carried on by the Churches in His name were looked upon with suspicion. In fact no pious Hindu had anything against Christian religion as such,

Hindus won’t even think in their dreams to eliminate the Christians. If they wanted that they would have very easily finished them, when they landed on this country. If they (Christians) in spite of containing them to educating, doing medical services and doing such humanitarian and compassioned works, use these services to convert the people, I will certainly ask them to leave this place (country). “(1)
Neither the RSS (Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh) nor any other Hindu Organization had anything against Christian brethren or against Christian faith but certainly against all de- Hinduisation. But never did our forefathers anticipate that the religions that were greeted with a cordial welcome would one day throw a mortal challenge to the unity, integrity and happiness of this country.

The challenge of the Christian church

A challenge was hurled at the Hindu people when highest church authorities exhorted their followers to plant the Cross in the Asian continent in the Third Christian millennium. The church dreamt of reaping “a rich harvest of souls in Asia”. Remove the tapestry of language, it simply meant to convert and Christianize the country.

The Christian church has a long self-proclaimed policy of conversion. The history of Christianity is an unbroken record of atrocities against Hindus in its quest for new recruits to their gospel. Foreign missionaries and even the Pope had come to promote the cause of Catholicism, which meant the conversion of Hindus. The Christian missionaries stick to their basic dogma of One True God to be the only saviour, which Hindus should accept or be made to accept. Guruji embarked upon a holy mission in defense of Hindu Dharma and the Hindu people. He spent no end of his breath and energy to demolish the dogma of Christianity and resist the methods of the missionaries.
The church has discovered that Hinduism is full of faults. The fiction of a degenerated India and debased Hinduism seems to be the life-blood of the Christian Church and they have no intention of parting with it. They have never made any secret of their conviction and also have never lost any opportunity to proclaim openly that theirs is the only true religion and as such superior to that of others. In fact they derive their right to convert precisely from this religious conviction that they are commanded by their Prophets to save the souls of others who have been the victims of other false religions. That is why they honestly believe that means of conversion, fair or foul, do not matter. It also explains why they do not hesitate to denigrate Hindu gods and goddesses in the filthiest of language.
The bloody history of the church in America, Africa and Asia is an open-book and is well known. In Bharat, the Goa Inquisition was probably the worst resulting the torture and murder of thousands of Hindus and the destruction of many Hindu temples for several decades. It is the Indian version of the genocide of Native Americans. The Christian church is not prepared to disown their ugly past so that a process of reconciliation could be initiated. Not only that, even the arch murderers are glorified as saints! How can the Hindu be persuaded to embrace the most inveterate enemy and thus endanger his own existence?
It is a mortal challenge. It seeks to destroy the natural right of the Hindu people to live with their religion, culture and civilization. It aims at the destruction of the religious diversity flourishing in this country.

Guruji’s concept of religious integration –
The Hindu concept of unity or integration is harmony, and certainly not uniformity. One can be Hindu by nationality and at the same time be a Sanatani, Arya Samaji, Muslim, Christian, Sikh or Buddhist. In Guruji’s Hinduism there is enough room for Jesus, as there is for Mohammed, Zoraster and Moses. He would have been shocked if anybody suggested anything less than equal right to Muslims or Christians. He considered it as un-Hindu to discriminate between any two persons just on the basis of religious faith. He put it thus:
“The non-Hindu who lives here has a Rashtra Dharma (National responsibility) a Samaj- Dharma (duty to society), a Kula dharma (duty to ancestors). Only in his Vyakti Dharma (Personal Faith) he can choose any path, which satisfies his spiritual urge:
If even after fulfilling all those various duties in social life, somebody says that he has studied Quran Sharif or the Bible and that way of worship strikes a sympathetic chord in his heart, and that he can better pray through that with devotion, we have absolutely no objection”. (2)
To a question whether he approves tolerating Islam and Christianity, Guruji replied that he not only tolerated them but respected them. To him Indian Christians were none other than the Christianized section of the Hindu Society, nothing more, nothing less. If and when they maintain that they are Christians first and Indians next, the missionaries come in conflict with their loyalty to the nation. The Christians living in non-Christian countries including India are torn between these two loyalties. Their Political loyalties and social outlook are all shaped more by it than by anything else. That explains why conversion of a man to Christianity is not just a change in the form of worship but also a change in the priority of loyalties.

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શ્રી ગુરુજી એકએન.ડી. ક્રિશ્ચિયન મિશન

1947 માં બ્રિટિશ લોકોએ તેમના ભારતીય શાસનનો ત્યાગ કરીને ઘરે પરત ફર્યા ત્યાં સુધીમાં, આરએસએસના પ્રમુખ શ્રી ગુરુજી – એમ.એસ. ભાગલા અને સ્વતંત્રતા એકસાથે આવી ગઈ હતી અને દેશની આઝાદી સાથે ધર્મના પ્રશ્ને કહેર .ભો કર્યો હતો. હિંદુ સમાજ ઘેરો હેઠળ હતો. દેશની અંદરના પ્રતિકૂળ તત્વોએ રાષ્ટ્રિય સુરક્ષા માટે બહારથી આવેલા આક્રમણકારો કરતા વધારે જોખમ ઉભું કર્યું હતું. આંતરિક વલણની ધમકી તીવ્ર અને વાસ્તવિક દેખાઈ. અંતમાં ખ્રિસ્તી એક શક્તિશાળી રાજકીય બળતરા અને વિક્ષેપજનક શક્તિ હતી. તેને ભારતની સલામતી, સુરક્ષા અને સ્વતંત્રતા માટે ગંભીર ખતરો અને જોખમ ઉભું કર્યું હતું. ભારતના ખ્રિસ્તી ચર્ચને બહારથી નિયંત્રિત, દિગ્દર્શન અને નાણાં પૂરા પાડવામાં આવ્યા હોવાથી આ દેશ એક પીડાદાયક અને જટિલ મૂંઝવણનો સામનો કરી રહ્યો હતો. ગુરુજી જાગૃત હતા. ગુરુજીના મંતવ્યોનો અભ્યાસ ગમે તે સ્થળે કરવો જોઈએ, જે ભારતના રાષ્ટ્રીય ભૂતકાળ, રાષ્ટ્રીય ઓળખ અને રાષ્ટ્રીય સંભાવનાની કાળજી રાખે છે.

ભારત એક પ્રાચીન રાષ્ટ્ર છે અને તેના જોરદાર લાંબા ઇતિહાસ દરમિયાન, અસંખ્ય ધાર્મિક માન્યતાઓ આગળ ધપાવવામાં આવી હતી અને અસંખ્ય ધાર્મિક પ્રથાઓ વિકસિત થઈ હતી. આ બધી ધાર્મિક માન્યતાઓના સંઘાનું નામ હિન્દુ ધર્મ છે. તે અર્થમાં ઇસ્લામ અને ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મ સમજી શકાય તેવો કોઈ ધર્મ નથી. ચોક્કસપણે ગુરુજીનો હિન્દુ શબ્દનો અર્થ રાષ્ટ્રીય છે અને ધાર્મિક નથી. તે હિન્દુઓના સ્વભાવ અને પાત્રથી સંપૂર્ણ રીતે પરિચિત હતા.

હિંદુઓને ગૌરવ છે કે તેઓ તેમની વચ્ચે સંખ્યાબંધ ધર્મો, માન્યતાઓ, સંપ્રદાયો અને ધર્મો ધરાવે છે. તેઓ માત્ર સહન જ કરતા નથી, પરંતુ તેમના અસ્તિત્વની પ્રશંસા પણ કરે છે. એક હિંદુ ભગવાનને ખ્રિસ્તી ભગવાન અથવા મુસ્લિમ ભગવાન તરીકે કલ્પના કરી શકતો નથી. એક હિંદુ માટે ભગવાન ભગવાન શુદ્ધ અને સરળ છે. તે ભગવાનના વિચારોને માનવ જાતિના ધોરણ તરીકે કોઈ ચોક્કસ વિચારને સાચા કે ખોટા તરીકે ભેદ પાડતો નથી. તેથી વિવિધ ધર્મોનો દાવો કરનારા લોકો આ દેશમાં વધુ છે અને હિન્દુઓ તેમાં ગર્વ લે છે. ગુરુજી ફક્ત સાર્વત્રિક સહિષ્ણુતામાં જ માનતા ન હતા પરંતુ તમામ ધર્મોને ખરા તરીકે સ્વીકારે છે. તેમને ગર્વ હતો કે તે એક એવા રાષ્ટ્રનો છે, જેણે ઇતિહાસના જુદા જુદા તબક્કાઓ દરમિયાન, સતાવેલા લોકો અને બધા ધર્મોના અને વિશ્વના તમામ દેશોના શરણાર્થીઓને આશ્રય આપ્યો છે.

જો આપણો દેશવાસીઓ કોઈ ચોક્કસ ધાર્મિક આસ્થાનો અભ્યાસ કરવા ઇચ્છતા હોય અને જો તેમાં કોઈ અવકાશ ન હોત તો ગુરુજીને લાગ્યું હોત કે દેશ આટલો ગરીબ થઈ ગયો છે. તે સાચું નહોતું કે ગુરુજી કોઈ પણ ધર્મની વિરુદ્ધ હતા. તે એટલું જ અસત્ય હતું કે તે ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મની વિરુદ્ધ હતો.

ગુરુજીને ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મમાં પ્રશંસા કરવા માટે ઘણું છે – ઈસુ ખ્રિસ્તની જીવન કથા, પ્રબોધકોની વાતો, તેમાં રજૂ કરાયેલા નૈતિક દૃષ્ટાંતો અને નૈતિક વિચારો. પરંતુ આ બધા છતાં તેઓ રૂ himselfિચુસ્ત ખ્રિસ્તી અને ચર્ચ સાથે પોતાને ઓળખવામાં અસમર્થ હતા. તેથી જ્યારે પણ ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મ હિન્દુ ધર્મને પડકારતો હતો, ત્યારે તેણે ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મના સાંપ્રદાયિકતા અને ધર્મનિરપેક્ષતા અને ખ્રિસ્તના ઉપદેશોની ભાવના વચ્ચે તીવ્ર તફાવત ખેંચ્યો. તે એક લાઇન છે જે ખ્રિસ્તને ખ્રિસ્તીઓથી અલગ કરે છે. પવિત્ર બાઇબલ અને ઈસુ ખ્રિસ્ત તેમના દ્વારા ખૂબ આદર રાખવામાં આવ્યા હતા, પરંતુ તેમના નામે ચર્ચો દ્વારા કરવામાં આવતી પ્રવૃત્તિઓને શંકા સાથે જોવામાં આવી. હકીકતમાં કોઈ ધર્મનિષ્ઠખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મની વિરુદ્ધ કંઈ હતું નહીં,
હિન્દુને“હિંદુઓ પણ ખ્રિસ્તીઓને ખતમ કરવાના સપનામાં વિચારશે નહીં. જો તેઓ ઇચ્છતા હોત કે તેઓ આ દેશ પર ઉતરશે ત્યારે તેઓએ ખૂબ જ સરળતાથી સમાપ્ત કરી લીધું હોત. જો તેઓ (ખ્રિસ્તીઓ) તેમને શિક્ષિત કરવા, તબીબી સેવાઓ કરવા અને આવા માનવતાવાદી અને દયાળુ કાર્યો કરવા હોવા છતાં, આ સેવાઓનો ઉપયોગ લોકોને રૂપાંતરિત કરવા માટે કરશે, તો હું તેમને ચોક્કસપણે આ સ્થાન (દેશ) છોડવાનું કહીશ. “(1)

આરએસએસ (રાષ્ટ્રીય સ્વયંસેવક સંઘ) કે અન્ય કોઈ હિન્દુ સંગઠન પાસે ખ્રિસ્તી ભાઈઓ કે ખ્રિસ્તી વિશ્વાસની વિરુદ્ધ કંઈ જ નહોતું પરંતુ ચોક્કસપણે તમામ હિંદુકરણ સામે હતું. પરંતુ આપણા પૂર્વજોએ ક્યારેય ધાર્યું નહોતું કે જે ધર્મોનું સૌહાર્દિક સ્વાગત કરવામાં આવ્યું છે તે એક દિવસ આ દેશની એકતા, અખંડિતતા અને સુખ માટે ભયંકર પડકાર ફેંકી શકે છે.
ખ્રિસ્તી ચર્ચનો પડકાર

ચર્ચના ઉચ્ચ અધિકારીઓએ તેમના અનુયાયીઓને ત્રીજી ખ્રિસ્તી સહસ્ત્રાબ્દીમાં એશિયન ખંડમાં ક્રોસ રોપવાની વિનંતી કરી ત્યારે હિન્દુ લોકો પર એક પડકાર ફેંકવામાં આવ્યો. ચર્ચ “એશિયામાં આત્માઓની સમૃદ્ધ લણણી” લણવાનું કલ્પના કરે છે. ભાષાની ટેપસ્ટ્રીને દૂર કરો, તેનો અર્થ ફક્ત દેશમાં રૂપાંતરિત અને ખ્રિસ્તીકરણ કરવાનો હતો.

ખ્રિસ્તી ચર્ચમાં રૂપાંતરની લાંબી સ્વ-ઘોષિત નીતિ છે. ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મનો ઇતિહાસ, તેમની ગોસ્પેલમાં નવી ભરતી કરનારાઓની શોધમાં હિન્દુઓ પરના અત્યાચારોનો અખંડ રેકોર્ડ છે. વિદેશી મિશનરીઓ અને પોપ પણ કેથોલિક ધર્મના હેતુને પ્રોત્સાહન આપવા માટે આવ્યા હતા, જેનો અર્થ હિંદુઓના ધર્મપરિવર્તનનો હતો. ખ્રિસ્તી મિશનરીઓ એકમાત્ર તારણહાર તરીકે તેમના એક સાચા ભગવાનની મૂળભૂત માન્યતાને વળગી રહે છે, જેને હિન્દુઓએ સ્વીકારવા જોઈએ અથવા સ્વીકારવા જોઈએ. ગુરુજીએ હિન્દુ ધર્મ અને હિન્દુ લોકોની રક્ષા માટે એક પવિત્ર મિશન શરૂ કર્યું. તેમણે ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મનો ત્યાગ કરવા અને મિશનરીઓની પદ્ધતિઓનો પ્રતિકાર કરવા માટે પોતાના શ્વાસ અને શક્તિનો અંત કા .્યો ન હતો.

ચર્ચે શોધી કા .્યું છે કે હિન્દુ ધર્મ દોષોથી ભરેલો છે. અધમ ભારત અને કમજોર હિન્દુ ધર્મની કાલ્પનિકતા ક્રિશ્ચિયન ચર્ચનું જીવન રક્ત લાગે છે અને તેનો ભાગ લેવાનો તેમનો ઇરાદો નથી. તેઓએ તેમની પ્રતીતિનું કોઈ રહસ્ય ક્યારેય બનાવ્યું નથી અને જાહેરમાં જાહેર કરવાની કોઈ તક ક્યારેય ગુમાવી નથી કે તેઓનો જ એકમાત્ર સાચો ધર્મ છે અને તે બીજાની જેમ શ્રેષ્ઠ છે. હકીકતમાં તેઓ આ ધાર્મિક માન્યતામાંથી ચોક્કસ રૂપાંતરિત કરવાનો તેમનો અધિકાર મેળવે છે કે તેઓ તેમના ખોટા ધર્મોનો ભોગ બનેલા બીજા લોકોના જીવ બચાવવા તેમના પ્રબોધકો દ્વારા આદેશ આપવામાં આવે છે. તેથી જ તેઓ પ્રામાણિકપણે માને છે કે રૂપાંતર, ન્યાયી અથવા ખોટા અર્થમાં વાંધો નથી. તે પણ સમજાવે છે કે તેઓ શા માટે ભાષાની અતિ ગૌરવમાં હિન્દુ દેવી-દેવતાઓનો બદનામ કરવામાં અચકાતા નથી.

અમેરિકા, આફ્રિકા અને એશિયામાં ચર્ચનો લોહિયાળ ઇતિહાસ એક ખુલ્લી ચોપડી છે અને તે ખૂબ જાણીતું છે. ભરતમાં, હજારો હિંદુઓના ત્રાસ અને હત્યા અને ઘણા દાયકાઓથી ઘણા હિન્દુ મંદિરોનો વિનાશ, ગોવા ઈન્ક્વિઝન સંભવત the સૌથી ખરાબ પરિણામ હતું. તે મૂળ અમેરિકનોની નરસંહારનું ભારતીય સંસ્કરણ છે. ખ્રિસ્તી ચર્ચ તેમના કદરૂપું ભૂતકાળને નકારવા તૈયાર નથી જેથી સમાધાનની પ્રક્રિયા શરૂ થઈ શકે. એટલું જ નહીં, કમાન હત્યારાઓ પણ સંતો તરીકે મહિમા છે! સૌથી હિંમતવાન દુશ્મનને ગળે લગાવવા અને આમ તેમનું પોતાનું અસ્તિત્વ જોખમમાં મૂકવા માટે હિંદુને કેવી રીતે રાજી કરી શકાય?

તે ભયંકર પડકાર છે. તે હિન્દુ લોકોના તેમના ધર્મ, સંસ્કૃતિ અને સભ્યતા સાથે જીવવાના કુદરતી અધિકારનો નાશ કરવાનો પ્રયાસ કરે છે. આ દેશમાં ખીલી ઉઠતી ધાર્મિક વિવિધતાના વિનાશનો લક્ષ્ય છે.

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Urgent Action needed for protecting villages from rising sea levels because of Global Warming (Sea Barrier Conservation Project)

 


 

A. Introduction

An extensive portion of the land alongside the sea at Dandi and further south along the coastline in the Kantha Vibhag area has a problem of sea erosion and sea water overflowing into agricultural lands and over time this area has become unusable because of the saltiness of the land (know as Khanjar). This will continue to be a bigger problem because of rising oceans. Seasonal Monsoon flooding is another problem that has to be addressed, flooding in the villages during the rainy season disrupts life and it takes months to recover, proper draining and preparedness for the annual rains will alleviate the issue.

There is now an increasing need to protect the coastline and inner areas of our gams from sea water and erosion, especially because of rising waters due to global warming. Sea Water that has been flowing into the Khanjar areas over the years has been turning good arable farm land into unusable land caused by salty sea water and sea erosion. This can readily be reversed by erecting natural sea barriers where sea water overflows into the land in the form of sand and rock barriers and mangrove vegetation. Fish farmers who currently use sea water can continue doing so by piping sea water to the required pond areas.

Any solutions implemented should take into consideration monsoon rains together with the problems of drainage and runoff of much needed fresh water into the sea, it may be desirable to store this water perhaps in a lake. A feasibility study of all possible solutions should be presented before any project is started, this will all be done with the help and collaboration of the regional government departments.

As part of the Tree Planting Project, thousands of trees should be planted on the Dandi coastline as protection against natural calamities like cyclone, hurricane, Tsunami, etc.

B. Key Issues

– Severe sea erosion problems in some areas on the beachfront and further inland
– Sea levels rising every year due to climate change
– the solution of P.P. Gabions is not suitable
– Protection by using tetrapod mays be part of the solution, though high cost may be an issue
– If protection work is carried out by larger size stones, Gabions, Tetrapods, Beach will loose its
natural beauty
– a study needs to be conducted before a solution is implemented
– requires a permanent long term solution
– time is of the essence, if the government is unable to help with a timely solution then a community funded solution will be the only alternative.

C. Potential Solutions and Opportunities

The one solution is to put up barriers that will prevent sea water from overflowing into land areas, these barriers should be as high as the height of the highest watermark during high tide multiplied by two, this will ensure a permanent long term solution. Routine maintenance has to be planned on a periodic basis, perhaps quarterly to ensure that the barriers are not compromised due to soil erosion and wave action.

Land Reclamation – preventing sea water from overflowing into the area and reversing the saltiness of the Khanjar area will suddenly make hundreds of acres of land available for farming and other non-agricultural uses.

D. Challenges

1. Currently, sea water is used by the fishing industry in ponds, continuation of this supply is necessary by providing piping from the coastal area to the inland ponds on a limited basis.
2. Funding for the project
3. If nothing is done then there is a threat the entre Kantha Vibhag area may be overrun with sea water and it will result in loss of farmland and habitat.

E. Project Implementation

– All work that has to be done should be conducted with the help and permission of the relevant government authorities.
– A detailed project plan and timeline should be established
– Proper project management and controls to be in place

 
pdf 1. Download Kantha Vibhag Sea Barrier Project – English
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Purpose of the Website:

    1. First and foremost, is to recognize our roots and rich culture and heritage and social and community practices which is prevalent in all our communities around the world..
    2. Valuing and drawing up existing knowledge, skills and talents of the members of the Mandhata Community Globally.
    3.  Networking with each other, helping and guiding members and affiliated associations to optimise their abilities in order to fulfil their objectives.
    4. Addressing specific issues on their own merits and proven experiences.
    5. Develop and enhance the quality of life in our village areas in India by promoting education and development in all spheres of life.
    6. Record and Archive our roots and heritage and make it available globally.
    7. Promote Hindu Religious, Spiritual, Cultural and Social Practices
    8. Recognize and acknowledge achievements by our people around the world.
    9. Network and share Best Practices to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for our communities around the world by living in harmony with people and nature and to protect the environment.
    10. Make positive contributions to society in general and to all the people and countries that we live in, around the world

[n.b. If you would like to contribute material for the site (photos or documents) or to become an Editor, please send a message to the email account mandhataglobal@gmail.com.]

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Mandhata Community – Who are they ???

Mandhata Community refers to all the Koli Patel Community people who originated from the Kantha Vibhag area in Navsari District of South Gujarat in India and also those who migrated to various overseas countries.

The first Koli Patel immigrants from Navsari District are recorded to have sailed for South Africa in 1860. Over the years since then many more joined them. Others traveled to Fiji and then to New Zealand as early as 1902. During the War years and later large numbers traveled to East Africa.

Initially they came to work on the plantations and to build roads and railways. As years passed the vast majority of them settled in the countries where they worked. The first immigrants were all young men who went back to their local villages to get married and return to be followed by their wives a little later.

It is these immigrants who identified themselves as Mandhata Community. It is estimated that they number over a hundred thousand. UK has over 40,000 settled mainly in large cities and are now involved in almost all professions and in every industry, as in other countries too.

A vast number of us settled overseas are now sixth and seventh generation. Even the later arrivals boast third and forth generation. Yet we have continued close relationship with our extended families in India. Most of us visit regularly and many have built homes on their ancestral land.

This site highlights the history and life of the Mandhata Patel Community.

Site Specifics

This site has been built using a web content management framework, this will enable many people around the world to contribute content without any programming skills, all that is required is basic computer skills, this will ensure that content is contibuted by our communities around the world and also will ensure independance, so that no one person is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the site. If you’d like to become a contributor, simply send an eMail message to our group email address, mandhataglobal.com. (exclude the period).

The site has been kept as simple as possible. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computing and internet will be able to interact. We are aware that a large number of you have a fund of knowledge to contribute to this site so that it can become a comprehensive repository of our history and heritage illustrated in words and pictures. In years to come this site would develop into a resource that our coming generations would refer to learn about their roots. We invite you to volunteer yourself as an administrator.

This site will be bilingual. We shall use English and Gujarati to reach as many of our people as possible.

On this site you will be able to read shorter articles in full, and where need be a .pdf version to copy. Large articles and other printed material will be in .pdf format for copying and printing.

Migration History

Preamble

When in the quiet of the night the question arises in your mind as to who your forefathers were? Where did they come from? How did they live? And you desperately want to explore your roots, this website may help you..

Perhaps the obvious starting point of this inquiry could be our own first hand knowledge of the stories told by our fathers and grandfathers of their experiences in their villages and how they made it to the foreign lands all over the world.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

My paternal and maternal grandfathers both came to Mombasa, in East Africa to work on the Railways in 1919/21. They were perhaps among the first there and in their own words life was terrible. They lived in tents and were always in fear of the wild animals. For the first year or two they survived on boiled lentils with some pepper and salt. Later they grew chillies and ginger. Apart from bhajan singing in the dim light of a lantern, other entertainment was zero. Life in South Africa or New Zealand was no different. This was soon after the First World War period. Political power struggle was intense among the European powers and British were digging in wherever they went.

Period prior to the Second World War was the 2nd wave of immigration for our people. Passports were easily available and hundreds of youths leaving their families behind boarded sea-going clippers and left in search of a better life. A number of them perished and for the many who made it, life was very, very hard in every respect. Homesickness gripped many.

Read further about our History in the articles below.

Å 1. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Keshavbhai J Patel.

 2. Read/Download the Early Katha Migration in Gujarati by Maganbhai B Karadia

 3. Read/Download ‘Our Finest Patriotic Years by Maganbhai B Karadia

4. Read/Download ‘Koli Samaj, a Historical Perspective’ by Dr. Arjun Patel

5. Read/Download ‘ History of Koli/Mandhata Patel People’

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Sultanpur – Migrating Flamingos

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Coastal Area new Dandi

Coastal Area near Dandi

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Jalaram Bapa Mandir

Bridge near Aatgam

Bridge near Aatgam

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Keshavbhai meeting school children


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New Avdafalia Shiv Mandir (2017)

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Karadi School

School Children during Assembly - Karadi School

School Children during Assembly – Karadi School

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School Children – Republic Day Celebrations

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Youth Leadership and Educational Seminar

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Shree Amratbhai Jerambhai Patel (in blue Shirt) And Shreemati Taraben Amratbhai Patel of Machhad are residents in USA. Both are generous donors of our Samaj. They visit Gam almost every year and sponsor a number of project in Machhad, other Kantha Vibhag gams. They are particularly interested in educational projects which we organise year after year. Their generous sponsorship help students with scholarships and various educational seminars for the students.  This Leadership Seminar was hosted by them and was held on 12th April 2014.

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Babubhai Patel UK (MBE) Residence in Avdafalia

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