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The Evils of Alcoholism – Part 2

Drinking alcohol is causing major issues with some individuals in our communities, the individuals involved think that they are having fun while drinking and have an illusion that they are doing well in life, not realizing that they are ruining their futures and resulting in negative impacts on people around them and their families. Not many people realize the ‘living hell’ that is created when you have an alcoholic in the family, everyone around them has to suffer and endure the alcoholic person and it will negatively impact the future of every single person in the house.

Family members living in the presence of an alcoholic will have broken dreams, broken futures and broken homes, they will never excel academically or in sports or in business or any other venture, because there is the presence of negative energies around the individual involved.

Domestic Violence remains ever present in homes that have an alcoholic present and life becomes a ‘living hell’ for everyone living in the house with femailes bearing the brunt of domestic violence.

A. Why Alcohol is Banned in Gujarat?

Have you ever wondered, why alcohol is banned in Gujarat? Why Gujarat is a dry state? I;s a good question really. Many people actually wonder what is the exact reason behind the prohibition of alcohol in the Gujarat state. Well, ‘s dive in and find out!

The main reason behind alcohol ban in Gujarat is to pay homage to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi who was born in Porbandar. Along with birthday of Gandhiji which is on October 2nd, 1869, the day is also celebrated as national dry day. Mahatma Gandhi didn’t drink and he always opposed the idea of alcohol consumption. So this is the main reason alcohol is banned in Gujarat. There are many other advantages as well. The most important one is reduced social issues and domestic violence. Women are very safe in Gujarat than any other alcohol-legal state. You will never find drunk people roaming around as a threat to women on the streets.

It’s a common fact that alcohol causes serious health problems. Thus, banning alcohol helps develop a state full of healthy people thus saving cost on free treatments given in the government hospitals. Gujarat law prohibits anyone from storing, producing, selling ad consumption of alcoholic beverages started since May 1st 1960 when Bombay stated was demerged into Gujarat and Maharashtra. The law actually came into existence when many people died from the consumption of methyl alcohol. The act still stands in both the states but licensing regime in Maharashtra is quite liberal allowing the vendors and traders to sell alcohol openly. Gujarat licensing authorities have completely banned it. But, foreigners and NRI’s can get a permit having a validity of 30 days.

B. 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Drink Alcohol…

Alcohol affects the entire body, including the brain, nervous system, liver, heart, and the individual’s emotional well-being. Its effects are directly related to the amount of alcohol ingested. Factors that influence the effects of alcohol on the body include age, gender, family history of alcoholism, and how much and how often alcohol is consumed.

1. Brain Disorders
According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, just one or two drinks can cause blurred vision, slurred speech, slower reaction times, impaired memory, and loss of balance. Short-term effects disappear when the individual stops drinking, but long-term alcohol abuse may cause chronic brain disorders that are serious and debilitating.

2. Serious Chronic Diseases
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking alcohol over extended periods of time can cause high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis (damage to liver cells), and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

3. Hangovers
A hangover is a set of unpleasant symptoms that occur after drinking too much alcohol, typically the morning after a night of heavy drinking. A hangover may be characterized by fatigue, thirst, nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle aches, dizziness, rapid pulse, sensitivity to light and sound, mood disturbances, and bloodshot eyes.

4. Cancer
Long-term drinking is associated with a higher risk of certain types of cancer, including cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, larynx (the voice box), esophagus, and breast. Drinkers who also smoke are at a higher risk for developing cancer.

5. Birth Defects
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women should not drink at all, but about one in 12 pregnant women in the United States report alcohol use. Exposing the fetus to alcohol can cause birth defects of the brain, heart and other organs.

6. Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking slows reaction time, and impairs judgment and coordination. Individuals under the influence of alcohol are more likely to be involved in motor-vehicle accidents; violent acts, such as child abuse, murder and suicide; falls; drowning; burns; and firearm injuries.

7. Dependence
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, youth who use alcohol before the age of 15 are five times more likely to become dependent on alcohol than adults who begin drinking at age 21. Other factors include gender and family history of alcoholism.

8. Empty Calories
A single 12-ounce beer, five-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor has about 150 calories. These are empty calories that contain no beneficial nutrients.

9. Poor Quality of LIfe
Drinking alcohol can affect your financial, professional, and emotional well-being. Long-term alcohol abuse is associated with psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, and antisocial personality disorder.

10. Death
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is a pattern of alcohol consumption on a single occasion and generally within two hours – that raises the concentration of alcohol in the blood to 0.08 percent or higher. Drinking alcohol too quickly and in excessive amounts depresses the nervous system, causing blackouts, seizures, coma, and even death.

C. Alcoholism in women, a recovering addict shares her emotional story

A personal journey of addiction, recovery and mental health

I thought that alcoholism in women was a unicorn a only men become drunks. Women are always portrayed sipping mimosas during brunch or elegant glasses of red wine with your girlfriends after work. Not a 20-something hot mess drinking to cope with stress and ending up losing friends and her job.
The morning after my office Diwali party, I woke up with bruises on my knees, a dishevelled bedroom and a text from my boss telling me not to come in.

I had no memory of what happened, just concerned messages from colleagues explaining that I got a ˜bit too carried away, yet again. I’d fallen over things and people at work never get drunk in front of your CEO who you hold a grudge against, is all I can say. It wasn’t the first time either. I’ve been hungover at work, I’ve even fallen asleep at my desk. I had already alienated family members and worried friends. This was my rock bottom.

Why I Drink

There’s so much expected from us, but we are told not to complain and don’t give up, keep hustling and stretching yourself. Ultimately, the rubber band snaps and breaks. For me, it was a soothing salve to get through daily life. In college, we drank to pass the time. Alcohol also cured boredom, exam stress and performance anxiety on first dates.

After moving cities and living alone in Bengaluru, the circle of admirers I had growing up grew apart and moved on. I felt left behind, just trying not to get fired at my first job for constantly messing up.

Alcohol filled this pit of anxiety and low self-esteem. It was cheap, easily available and helped me sleep better than any rescue remedy or meditation app.

My friends joked about my sudden love of drinking. I hadn’t exactly been a teetotaler, but my idea of a party for a long time was nursing Jamaica Passion Breezers.

Drinking changes every part of you

All our nights out ended with me having to be carried home. I want to go out but I’m not going to be her babysitter, I’d overhear people commenting. It only drove me to drink more and to feel less.

My parents questioned my changing personality, but alcoholics become pros at hiding their addiction.

My mother sat me down for a talk on one of her visits, but I’d mastered manipulation by then. It’s just stress about work, mama, you’ve being ridiculous. Everyone in their 20s feels like this. That smell is just the perfume, you know they all have an alcohol base?

My aches and pains turned into illness. Relationships ended as all my aggression would come out on whoever was unfortunate enough to call me their girlfriend at that point.

The flu landed me at the doctor’s clinic. A few tests later, I was sitting in front of a grim-faced doctor uncle getting a serious life talk. I was only 28, but drinking my life away. I was given three options – cut down, stop drinking or risk cirrhosis.

Finding myself in an anonymous group

When I lost my job, something just clicked in me. It was the only thing I enjoyed in my life, something I had worked hard to succeed at, and I had ruined it.
How do you picture an Alcoholics Anonymous (Al-Anon) meeting? I didn’t know such a thing existed outside of the movies, that too in India.

Meetings take place regularly across the country. This would be the way I could get help without anyone knowing. I was greeted with warmth and acceptance at Al-Anon, despite being the only woman present. I recently got my 90-day chip to mark my sobriety.

Every day is a struggle when you know just how easy it is to walk up to a shop and buy an inexpensive bottle of desi tharra. Ther’s nothing glamourous or poetic about alcoholism in women. Without a recommendation from my previous job, I’d had to start again from the bottom.

Accepting and acknowledging your circumstances is the most difficult thing to do. But once you say admit it’s not casual drinking, and you’ve not just a party girl who likes to have fun, everything changes.

There’s a shame attached to alcoholism in women. That we’ve lost the control over our lives. If we can’t take care of ourselves, how will we be good for others? says mental health counsellor Urvashi Bhatia. Alcohol is considered unladylike. So, when we struggle with it, we want to hide to failure of being a good woman.

I feel lighter now, even with the demon of drinks sitting on my back. Don’t shy away from seeking help. Alcoholism in women is a disease like any other and you’ve a champion if you can get through it alone, but you don’t need to.

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દારૂના દુષ્ટતા – ભાગ 2

દારૂ પીવાથી આપણા સમુદાયોની કેટલીક વ્યક્તિઓ સાથે મુખ્ય મુદ્દાઓ isભી થાય છે, સામેલ વ્યક્તિઓ એવું માને છે કે તેઓ પીતા પીવામાં મજા લેતા હોય છે અને એક ભ્રમણા હોય છે કે તેઓ જીવનમાં સારૂ કરી રહ્યા છે, એ ખ્યાલ નથી કે તેઓ તેમનો બગાડ કરી રહ્યા છે. વાયદા અને તેના પરિણામે આસપાસના લોકો અને તેના પરિવારો પર નકારાત્મક અસર પડે છે. જ્યારે તમે કુટુંબમાં આલ્કોહોલિક હો ત્યારે નિર્માણ પામેલા ઘણા લોકો “જીવંત નરકની” અનુભૂતિ કરતા નથી, આજુબાજુના દરેકને આલ્કોહોલિક વ્યક્તિને વેદના અને સહન કરવું પડે છે અને તે ઘરના દરેક વ્યક્તિના ભાવિને નકારાત્મક અસર કરશે.

આલ્કોહોલિકની હાજરીમાં રહેતા કુટુંબના સભ્યોએ તૂટેલા સપના, તૂટેલા વાયદા અને તૂટેલા ઘરો હશે, તેઓ ક્યારેય શૈક્ષણિક રીતે અથવા રમતગમતમાં અથવા વ્યવસાયમાં અથવા અન્ય કોઈ સાહસમાં શ્રેષ્ઠતા પ્રાપ્ત કરશે નહીં, કારણ કે સામેલ વ્યક્તિની આસપાસ નકારાત્મક giesર્જાની હાજરી હોય છે.

ઘરેલુ હિંસા હંમેશાં ઘરોમાં રહે છે જેમાં આલ્કોહોલિક હાજર હોય અને ઘરેલુ હિંસાનો ભોગ બનેલી સ્ત્રીની સાથે ઘરમાં રહેનારા દરેક માટે જીવન ‘જીવંત નરક’ બની જાય છે.

A. ગુજરાતમાં દારૂ કેમ પ્રતિબંધિત છે?

શું તમે ક્યારેય વિચાર્યું છે કે ગુજરાતમાં દારૂ કેમ પ્રતિબંધિત છે? ગુજરાત કેમ સુકા રાજ્ય છે? હું; એક સારો પ્રશ્ન. ઘણા લોકો ખરેખર આશ્ચર્ય કરે છે કે ગુજરાત રાજ્યમાં દારૂબંધી પાછળનું ચોક્કસ કારણ શું છે. સારું, ડાઇવ ઇન કરો અને શોધો!

ગુજરાતમાં દારૂબંધી પાછળનું મુખ્ય કારણ પોરબંદરમાં જન્મેલા રાષ્ટ્રના પિતા મહાત્મા ગાંધીજીને શ્રદ્ધાંજલિ આપવી છે. Jiક્ટોબર, 1869 ના રોજ ગાંધીજીના જન્મદિવસની સાથે, દિવસને રાષ્ટ્રીય સુકા દિવસ તરીકે પણ ઉજવવામાં આવે છે. મહાત્મા ગાંધીએ પીધું ન હતું અને તેઓ હંમેશા દારૂ પીવાના વિચારનો વિરોધ કરતા હતા. તો આ મુખ્ય કારણ છે કે ગુજરાતમાં દારૂ પર પ્રતિબંધ છે. અન્ય ઘણા ફાયદા પણ છે. સૌથી મહત્વપૂર્ણ એક સામાજિક મુદ્દાઓ અને ઘરેલું હિંસા ઘટાડવું છે. ગુજરાતમાં અન્ય કોઈપણ દારૂ-કાનૂની રાજ્ય કરતા મહિલાઓ ખૂબ જ સુરક્ષિત છે. તમે ક્યારેય દારૂના નશામાં ન આવતા લોકોને રસ્તાઓ પરની મહિલાઓ માટે જોખમ તરીકે ફરતા જોશો.

તે એક સામાન્ય હકીકત છે કે દારૂ ગંભીર આરોગ્ય સમસ્યાઓનું કારણ બને છે. આમ, આલ્કોહોલ પર પ્રતિબંધ મૂકવાથી સ્વસ્થ લોકોથી ભરેલા રાજ્યના વિકાસમાં મદદ મળે છે, આમ સરકારી હોસ્પિટલોમાં આપવામાં આવતી મફત સારવાર પર ખર્ચની બચત થાય છે. ગુજરાત કાયદો કોઈને પણ આલ્કોહોલિક પીણાના સંગ્રહ વપરાશ, ઉત્પાદન અને વેચાણ પર પ્રતિબંધ મૂકે છે, મે 1 લી 1960 થી બોમ્બેએ જણાવ્યું હતું કે ગુજરાત અને મહારાષ્ટ્રમાં ડૂબી ગયો છે. કાયદો ખરેખર અસ્તિત્વમાં હતો જ્યારે મિથિલ આલ્કોહોલના સેવનથી ઘણા લોકો મૃત્યુ પામ્યા હતા. આ અધિનિયમ હજી પણ બંને રાજ્યોમાં છે પરંતુ મહારાષ્ટ્રમાં પરવાનો આપવાનો વ્યવહાર વિક્રેતાઓ અને વેપારીઓને ખુલ્લેઆમ દારૂ વેચવાની મંજૂરી આપે છે. ગુજરાતના પરવાના અધિકારીઓએ તેના પર સંપૂર્ણ પ્રતિબંધ મૂક્યો છે. પરંતુ, વિદેશી લોકો અને એનઆરઆઈ 30 દિવસની માન્યતા ધરાવતી પરમિટ મેળવી શકે છે.

બી. 10 કારણો કે તમારે આલ્કોહોલ ન પીવો જોઈએ …

દારૂ મગજ, નર્વસ સિસ્ટમ, યકૃત, હૃદય અને વ્યક્તિની ભાવનાત્મક સુખાકારી સહિત આખા શરીરને અસર કરે છે. તેના પ્રભાવ સીધા જ આલ્કોહોલના ઇન્જેસ્ટના પ્રમાણ સાથે સંબંધિત છે. શરીર પર આલ્કોહોલની અસરોને અસર કરતા પરિબળોમાં વય, લિંગ, દારૂબંધીનો પારિવારિક ઇતિહાસ, અને કેટલી અને કેટલી વાર દારૂ પીવામાં આવે છે તે શામેલ છે.

1. મગજ વિકાર
નેશનલ ઇન્સ્ટિટ્યૂટ ફોર આલ્કોહોલ એબ્યુઝ અને આલ્કોહોલિઝમ અનુસાર, ફક્ત એક કે બે પીણાં અસ્પષ્ટ દ્રષ્ટિ, અસ્પષ્ટ ભાષણ, ધીમી પ્રતિક્રિયાના સમય, નબળી મેમરી અને સંતુલન ગુમાવવાનું કારણ બની શકે છે. જ્યારે વ્યક્તિ પીવાનું બંધ કરે છે ત્યારે ટૂંકા ગાળાની અસરો અદૃશ્ય થઈ જાય છે, પરંતુ લાંબા ગાળાના દારૂના દુરૂપયોગથી મગજની તીવ્ર વિકૃતિઓ થઈ શકે છે જે ગંભીર અને નબળી પડી હોય છે.

2.ગંભીર ક્રોનિક રોગોના
રોગના નિયંત્રણ અને નિવારણ કેન્દ્રોનાસમયગાળા દરમિયાન, આલ્કોહોલ પીવાથી હાઈ બ્લડ પ્રેશર, યકૃતના સિરોસિસ (યકૃતના કોષોને નુકસાન), અને સ્વાદુપિંડ (સ્વાદુપિંડનું બળતરા) થઈ શકે છે.

3. હેંગઓવર
એ હેંગઓવર એ અપ્રિય લક્ષણોનો સમૂહ છે જે વધારે પ્રમાણમાં દારૂ પીધા પછી થાય છે, સામાન્ય રીતે સવારે ભારે દારૂ પીધા પછી. હેંગઓવર થાક, તરસ, ઉબકા, omલટી, માથાનો દુખાવો, સ્નાયુમાં દુખાવો, ચક્કર, ઝડપી પલ્સ, પ્રકાશ અને અવાજ પ્રત્યે સંવેદનશીલતા, મૂડમાં ખલેલ અને બ્લડશોટ આંખો દ્વારા વર્ગીકૃત કરી શકાય છે.

4. કેન્સર
લાંબા ગાળાના પીવાથી કેટલાક પ્રકારના કેન્સરના riskંચા જોખમ સાથે સંકળાયેલું છે, જેમાં યકૃત, મોં, ગળા, કંઠસ્થાન (વ voiceઇસ બ )ક્સ), અન્નનળી અને સ્તનના કેન્સરનો સમાવેશ થાય છે. પીનારાઓ કે જેઓ ધૂમ્રપાન કરે છે તેમને કેન્સર થવાનું જોખમ વધારે છે.

5. .જન્મની ખામી
રોગના નિયંત્રણ અને નિવારણ કેન્દ્રો અનુસાર, સગર્ભા સ્ત્રીઓએ બધુ જ પીવું ન જોઇએ, પરંતુ યુનાઇટેડ સ્ટેટ્સની લગભગ 12 ગર્ભવતી મહિલાઓમાં દારૂના વપરાશની જાણ થાય છે. ગર્ભને આલ્કોહોલમાં લાવવાથી મગજ, હૃદય અને અન્ય અવયવોમાં જન્મજાત ખામી થઈ શકે છે.

6. ઇજા
રોગ નિયંત્રણ અને નિવારણ કેન્દ્રો અનુસાર, પીવાથી પ્રતિક્રિયાનો સમય ધીમું થાય છે, અને ચુકાદો અને સંકલન અવરોધે છે. દારૂના પ્રભાવ હેઠળના વ્યક્તિઓ મોટર-વાહન અકસ્માતમાં શામેલ થવાની સંભાવના વધારે છે; હિંસક કૃત્યો, જેમ કે બાળ દુરૂપયોગ, ખૂન અને આત્મહત્યા; ધોધ; ડૂબવું; બળે; અને ફાયરઆર્મ ઇજાઓ.

6.. અવલંબન
નેશનલ ઇન્સ્ટિટ્યૂટ Alફ આલ્કોહોલ એબ્યુઝ એન્ડ આલ્કોહોલિઝમ અનુસાર, યુવાનો કે જે 15 વર્ષની ઉંમરે દારૂનો ઉપયોગ કરે છે, 21 વર્ષની ઉંમરે દારૂ પીવાનું શરૂ કરતા પુખ્ત વયના લોકો કરતા આલ્કોહોલ પર નિર્ભર બનવાની સંભાવના છે. બીજા પરિબળોમાં લિંગ અને કુટુંબનો ઇતિહાસ શામેલ છે. મદ્યપાન.

7. . ખાલી કેલરીઝ
એક જ 12-ounceંસની બિઅર, વાઇનનો પાંચ-ounceંસ ગ્લાસ અથવા દારૂના 1.5-ounceંસ શ shotટમાં લગભગ 150 કેલરી હોય છે. આ ખાલી કેલરી છે જેમાં કોઈ ફાયદાકારક પોષક તત્વો નથી.

9. LIfe ની નબળી ગુણવત્તા
દારૂ પીવાથી તમારી આર્થિક, વ્યાવસાયિક અને ભાવનાત્મક સુખાકારીને અસર થઈ શકે છે. લાંબા ગાળાના દારૂના દુરૂપયોગ માનસિક સમસ્યાઓ જેવી કે હતાશા, અસ્વસ્થતા અને અસામાજિક વ્યક્તિત્વ ડિસઓર્ડર સાથે સંકળાયેલ છે.

નેશનલ ઇન્સ્ટિટ્યૂટ Alન આલ્કોહોલ એબ્યુઝ એન્ડ આલ્કોહોલિઝમ અનુસાર, દ્વિસંગી પીણું એ એક જ પ્રસંગે અને સામાન્ય રીતે બે કલાકની અંદર દારૂના સેવનની રીત છે – જે લોહીમાં દારૂનું પ્રમાણ સાંદ્રતામાં 0.0.૦8 ટકા અથવા તેથી વધુ વધારે છે. ખૂબ ઝડપથી અને વધુ પડતી માત્રામાં આલ્કોહોલ પીવો નર્વસ સિસ્ટમને ડિપ્રેસ કરે છે, જેનાથી બ્લેકઆઉટ, આંચકી, કોમા અને મૃત્યુ પણ થાય 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 set 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.]


Mandhata Community – Who are We ???

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


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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Coastal Area new Dandi

Coastal Area near Dandi

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Bridge near Aatgam

Bridge near Aatgam



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Karadi School

Karadi School

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School Children during Assembly – Karadi School

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School Children – Republic Day Celebrations

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Youth Leadership and Educational Seminar


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.̉ہ¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚  This Leadership Seminar was hosted by them and was held on 12th April 2014.




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