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Gandhi – The Alternative to Violence by Carlos G. Valles

A little anecdote to set the reading mood. I was once on a visit to a friend’s family in Ahmedabad, when this little but telling incident took place before everybody present. The child of the family came in from school with a classmate, and both sat down on the floor before all of us to do their homework together as their daily task before going out to play. We elders continued with our conversation and our tea while the two small scholars, oblivious to the audience, opened their textbooks and started turning pages, pointing at passages, and writing notes. Mathematics, physics, grammar, history seemed all to form part of their curriculum, and they read out questions and formulated answers by turn in close partnership. In the midst of their research, one of them asked the other a question: “Who was Gandhi”

I pricked my ears. Obviously there had been a lesson about Mahatma Gandhi in the classroom and they had been asked to look the matter up in their textbook. Together with the mathematics problems, the grammar parsing, and the history dates, kings and battles, they had to check on that character of history and write an essay about him. That was when one of the boys looked up and asked the other, “Who was Gandhi?” The other boy, without looking up from his notebook, just pointed at the textbook in front and answered matter-of-factly: “Lesson number four.” And both went on with their homework. I stopped paying attention to the grown-ups’ conversation.

Gandhi? Lesson number four. That was all those two young boys new about him. And that was India, was Gujarat, was Ahmedabad not so many years after Gandhi’s death. They were speaking in Gujarati which was Gandhi’s mother tongue. Their parents had been contemporaries of Gandhi, had seen him in person, had heard him and had heard about him, had read news of him in the papers, had followed his work day by day, had recognised his figure, had loved him, had been thrilled by his presence and shaken by his death. He had been for them a living person who had walked on the land they were walking on, had breathed the air they were breathing, had spoken the language they were speaking. That was Gandhi for their parents. But for their children, Gandhi was none of that any more. He was just a character in history, a memory of the past, a chapter in a textbook. A topic for study, a question for an examination, a bit of homework. Maybe in the same textbook there was a lesson on Ashoka, on Alexander the Great, on Napoleon. And among them, Gandhi. Lesson number four. For those two smart and dutiful boys, Gandhi, in his own country and province and in his own time, had ceased to be a living presence and had become a page in a textbook. And they were not aware of the loss.

Precisely the importance of Gandhi for us is that he belongs to our times. He was the first great modern statesman who dealt with the problems that have become the burden of our age, world poverty, the gap between the rich and the poor, terrorism, ethnic wars, oppression, corruption, East and West, North and South, religious intolerance, violence. He fought for the great ideals we are now fighting for: freedom and equality, friendship and dignity, individual welfare and social progress. And, above all, he taught and showed to all his great lifelong lesson, which is also our greatest need, that the real battles of history are those won without an army, that the greatest force is soul- force, that freedom is not obtained through violence. His “holding-on-to-truth” (satyagraha) is the only and real way to obtain lasting peace, and that is his great contribution to history and to world-peace at a moment when we need it most.

Gandhi achieved, for the first time in history, the independence of a great country from a great empire without waging a war of independence. Up to his day, colonies in America and Asia had won independence from the colonising powers in Europe, but never without a war. Even in India, some political and military leaders like Nehru, Patel and Subhash Chandra Bose thought an armed uprising would be necessary and a war would have to be waged to free India from Britain. But Gandhi prevailed, and won. He achieved independence through peaceful means. That was a landmark in history. After him and through his example, many more countries in Asia and Africa did gradually become independent without a war, and this is precisely Gandhi’s vital contribution to the history of the human race. Freedom without war.

War has since acquired a new version in terrorism, which is the blot on the history of our times. A war without frontiers, without enlisted armies, without open battles, but a war with weapons, with victims, with destruction, with blood. A daily war without battlefields and without dates, without a noble cause or heroic patriotism, without courage and without honour. Nothing but the reign of violence and the media reports of it, while the news of the latest terrorist attack renews in us the sense of hopelessness we experience before the plague of our days. How to stop terrorism?
The urgent need is to develop a strategy of non-violence to return humankind to its senses. To learn the ways of non-violence and practice its doctrine. And Gandhi was the great expert in that new discipline. The name of Gandhi lives anonymously in every peaceful protest, in every peace march, in every peace treaty and peace manifesto, in every friendly meeting between opposing parties, in every white flag and in every human handshake. It will be worth our while to watch his career, to study his teaching, to enjoy his anecdotes, to listen to his words, to learn from his example.
Let’s start with lesson number four.

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ગાંધી – હિંસાના વિકલ્પ

વાંચનનો મૂડ સેટ કરવા માટે થોડું કથા છે. હું એક વખત અમદાવાદમાં એક મિત્રના પરિવારની મુલાકાતે આવ્યો હતો, જ્યારે આ નાનકડી પરંતુ કહેવાની ઘટના હાજર બધા લોકો સમક્ષ બની હતી. પરિવારનો બાળક એક સહાધ્યાયી સાથે સ્કૂલમાંથી આવ્યો, અને બંને રમવા માટે બહાર જતાં પહેલાં, આપણે બધાએ સાથે મળીને તેમના રોજિંદા કાર્ય તરીકે મનું હોમવર્ક કરવા પહેલાં ફ્લોર પર બેસી ગયા. અમે વડીલોએ અમારી વાતચીત અને અમારી ચા સાથે ચાલુ રાખ્યું, જ્યારે બે નાના વિદ્વાનો, જે પ્રેક્ષકોને અવગણતા હતા, તેઓએ તેમની પાઠયપુસ્તકો ખોલી અને પાના ફેરવવાનું શરૂ કર્યું, માર્ગો તરફ ધ્યાન દોર્યું, અને નોંધ લખી. ગણિતશાસ્ત્ર, ભૌતિકશાસ્ત્ર, વ્યાકરણ, ઇતિહાસ એમ લાગતું હતું કે બધા જ

તેમના અભ્યાસક્રમનો ભાગ બનાવે છે, અને તેઓ નજીકના ભાગીદારીમાં પ્રશ્નો વાંચીને જવાબો ઘડે છે. તેમની સંશોધન વચ્ચે, તેમાંથી એકએ બીજાને એક પ્રશ્ન પૂછ્યો: “ગાંધી કોણ હતા?”

મેં મારા કાન ચોંટાડ્યા. સ્વાભાવિક છે કે વર્ગમાં મહાત્મા ગાંધી વિશે પાઠ હતો અને તેઓને તેમની પાઠયપુસ્તકમાં આ બાબતની તપાસ કરવા કહેવામાં આવ્યું હતું.આ સાથે ગણિતની સમસ્યાઓ, વ્યાકરણનું વિશ્લેષણ, અને ઇતિહાસની તારીખો, રાજાઓ અને લડાઇઓ, તેઓએ ઇતિહાસનું તે પાત્ર તપાસવું હતું અને તેમના વિશે નિબંધ લખવો પડ્યો હતો. આ ત્યારે એક છોકરાએ જોયું અને બીજાને પૂછ્યું, “ગાંધી કોણ હતા?” બીજો છોકરો તેની નોટબુક ઉપરથી જોયા વગર જ ઈશારો કરતો હતો. સામે પાઠયપુસ્તક અને હકીકતમાં જવાબ આપ્યો: “પાઠ નંબર ચાર.” અને બંને તેમના હોમવર્ક સાથે આગળ વધ્યા. મેં પુખ્ત વયના લોકોની વાતચીત પર ધ્યાન આપવાનું બંધ કર્યું.

ગાંધી? પાઠ નંબર ચાર. તે બધા તે બે યુવાન હતા છોકરાઓ તેમના વિશે નવા હતા. અને તે ભારત હતું, ગુજરાત હતું, ગાંધીના મૃત્યુ પછી ઘણા વર્ષો પછી અમદાવાદ નહોતું. તેઓ ગુજરાતીમાં બોલાતા હતા જે ગાંધીની માતૃભાષા હતી. તેમના માતાપિતા ગાંધીજીના સમકાલીન હતા, તેમને રૂબરૂમાં જોયા હતા, સાંભળ્યું હતું તેને અને તેના વિશે સાંભળ્યું હતું, હતું તેના કાગળોમાં તેના સમાચાર વાંચો, દિવસે દિવસે તેમનું કાર્ય અનુસર્યા હતા, તેમની આકૃતિને માન્યતા આપી હતી, તેને પ્રેમ કર્યો હતો, તેમની હાજરીથી રોમાંચિત થઈ ગયા હતા અને તેમના મૃત્યુથી હચમચી ઉઠ્યા હતા. તે તેમના માટે તે એક જીવંત વ્યક્તિ હતો જેણે તેઓ ચાલતા હતા તે જ ભૂમિ પર ચાલ્યા હતા, જે હવા તેઓ શ્વાસ લેતા હતા તે શ્વાસ લીધો હતો, જે ભાષા તેઓરહ્યાં હતાં તે બોલીબોલી હતી. તે તેમના માતાપિતા માટે ગાંધી હતા. પરંતુ તેમના બાળકો માટે, ગાંધી તેમાંથી કોઈ નહોતા. તે ઇતિહાસમાં માત્ર એક પાત્ર હતું, ભૂતકાળની યાદશક્તિ, પાઠયપુસ્તકનો એક પ્રકરણ. અભ્યાસ માટેનો વિષય, પરીક્ષાનો પ્રશ્ન, થોડુંક હોમવર્ક. કદાચ આ જ પાઠયપુસ્તકમાં અશોક પર, એલેક્ઝાન્ડર ધી ગ્રેટ પર, નેપોલિયન પર એક પાઠ હતો.

અને તેમાંથી ગાંધી. પાઠ નંબર. આ બે સ્માર્ટ અને ફરજિયાત છોકરાઓ માટે, ગાંધી, તેમના પોતાના દેશ અને પ્રાંતમાં અને તેમના પોતાના સમયમાં, જીવંત હાજરી બંધ કરી દીધી હતી અને પાઠયપુસ્તકમાં એક પૃષ્ઠ બની ગયું હતું. અને તેઓ નુકસાન અંગે જાગૃત ન હતા.
આપણા માટે ચોક્કસપણે ગાંધીનું મહત્વ એ છે કે તેઓ આપણા સમયના છે. તે પ્રથમ મહાન આધુનિક રાજકારણી હતા જેમણે આપણી યુગ, વિશ્વની ગરીબી, ધનિક અને ગરીબ વચ્ચેનું અંતર, આતંકવાદ, વંશીય યુદ્ધો, જુલમ, ભ્રષ્ટાચાર, પૂર્વ અને પશ્ચિમ, ઉત્તર અને દક્ષિણ, ધાર્મિક અસહિષ્ણુતા, હિંસા. તેમણે હવે આપણે જે મહાન આદર્શો માટે લડી રહ્યા છીએ

તે માટે લડ્યા: સ્વતંત્રતા અને સમાનતા, મિત્રતા અને ગૌરવ, વ્યક્તિગત કલ્યાણ અને સામાજિક પ્રગતિ. અને, સૌથી ઉપર, તેમણે તેમના તમામ મહાન આજીવન પાઠ શીખવ્યો અને બતાવ્યો, જે આપણી સૌથી મોટી જરૂરિયાત પણ છે કે, ઇતિહાસની વાસ્તવિક લડાઇઓ લશ્કર વિના જીતી લેવામાં આવે છે, કે સૌથી મોટી શક્તિ આત્મ-શક્તિ છે, તે સ્વતંત્રતા

પ્રાપ્ત થતી નથી હિંસા દ્વારા.તેમનો “સત્ય હોલ્ડિંગ-ટુ-સત્ય” (સત્યાગ્રહ) કાયમી શાંતિ મેળવવાનોએ એકમાત્ર અને વાસ્તવિક રીત છે, અને તે ઇતિહાસમાં અને વિશ્વ-શાંતિ માટે તેમનું મોટું યોગદાન છે જ્યારે અમને તેની ખૂબ જરૂર હોય.
ઇતિહાસમાં પ્રથમ વખત ગાંધીજીએ પ્રાપ્ત કર્યું, આઝાદીની લડત ચલાવ્યા વિના મહાન સામ્રાજ્યમાંથી મહાન દેશની સ્વતંત્રતા. તેના દિવસ સુધી, અમેરિકા અને એશિયામાં વસાહતોએ યુરોપમાં વસાહતી શક્તિઓથી સ્વતંત્રતા મેળવી હતી, પરંતુ યુદ્ધ વિના ક્યારેય નહીં. ભારતમાં પણ નહેરુ, પટેલ અને સુભાષચંદ્ર બોઝ જેવા કેટલાક રાજકીય અને લશ્કરી

નેતાઓ વિચારતા હતા કે સશસ્ત્ર બળવો જરૂરી બનશે અને ભારતને બ્રિટનથી મુક્ત કરવા માટે યુદ્ધ કરવું પડશે. પરંતુ ગાંધી વિજય મેળવ્યો, અને જીત્યો. તેમણે શાંતિપૂર્ણ માધ્યમથી સ્વતંત્રતા પ્રાપ્ત કરી. તે ઇતિહાસમાં એક સીમાચિહ્નરૂપ હતો. તેમના પછી અને તેમના ઉદાહરણ દ્વારા, એશિયા અને આફ્રિકાના ઘણા વધુ દેશોધીમે ધીમે

યુદ્ધ વિનાસ્વતંત્ર થયા, અને આ માનવ જાતિના ઇતિહાસમાં ગાંધીજીનું ચોક્કસ યોગદાન છે. યુદ્ધ વિના સ્વતંત્રતા.
ત્યારબાદ યુદ્ધે આતંકવાદનું નવું સંસ્કરણ મેળવ્યું છે, જે આપણા સમયના ઇતિહાસનો ડાઘ છે. સરહદ વિનાનું યુદ્ધ, નોંધાયેલ સૈન્ય વિના, ખુલ્લી લડાઇઓ વિના, પરંતુ શસ્ત્રો સાથે, ભોગ બનેલા લોકો સાથે, વિનાશ સાથે, લોહીથી યુદ્ધ. યુદ્ધના મેદાન વિના અને તારીખો વિનાનો દૈનિક યુદ્ધ, ઉમદા હેતુ વિના અથવા પરાક્રમી દેશભક્તિ વિના, હિંમત વિના અને સન્માન વિના. હિંસાના શાસન અને તેના અહેવાલોના અહેવાલો સિવાય બીજું કંઇ નથી, જ્યારે તાજેતરના આતંકવાદી હુમલાના સમાચાર આપણામાં નવીનતાની ભાવનાને આપણા જીવનના દુgueખ પહેલાં અનુભવે છે. આતંકવાદ કેવી રીતે અટકાવવો?

તાત્કાલિક જરૂરિયાત એ છે કે માનવતાને તેના સંવેદનામાં પરત લાવવા અહિંસાની વ્યૂહરચના વિકસિત કરવી. અહિંસાના માર્ગો શીખવા અને તેના સિદ્ધાંતનું પાલન કરવું. અને ગાંધી તે નવા શિસ્તમાં મહાન નિષ્ણાત હતા. દરેક શાંતિપૂર્ણ વિરોધ પ્રદર્શનમાં, દરેક શાંતિ પદયાત્રામાં, દરેક શાંતિ સંધિ અને શાંતિના oંoેરામાં, વિરોધી પક્ષો વચ્ચેની દરેક મૈત્રીપૂર્ણ મીટિંગમાં, દરેક સફેદ ધ્વજ અને દરેક માનવ સંભાળમાં ગાંધીજીનું નામ અજ્ .ાત રૂપે રહે છે. તેની કારકિર્દી જોવા, તેના ઉપદેશનો અભ્યાસ કરવા, તેના ટુચકાઓનો આનંદ માણવા, તેના શબ્દો સાંભળવા, તેના ઉદાહરણમાંથી શીખવા માટે આપણું મૂલ્ય હશે.

ચાલો પાઠ નંબર ચારથી પ્રારંભ કરીએ.


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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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Old Banyan Tree – Matwad

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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 originate from the Navsari District of South Gujarat in India 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.

 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.

 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/Kori/Mandhata 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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List of Villages in Jalalpore, Navsari, Gujarat

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