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Elections 2024: Why Gujarat Continues to be BJP’s Fortress

Gujarat has been a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastion ever since the party’s historic win in the state in 1995. For the upcoming general elections, the party is confident that it will retain all 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The Congress is set to contest 24 seats, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded candidates in Bharuch and Bhavnagar.

In the 2022 state assembly polls, the BJP had secured a record 156 out of 182 seats. This was when the Congress and the AAP were contesting separately. The results and the campaign underlined the fact that ‘Brand Modi’ was unshaken and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to be the BJP’s biggest trump card for voters.

Impressive Track Record

The BJP has won seven consecutive assembly elections since 1995, an incredible feat in itself. By the time the current assembly completes its term in 2027, the BJP government will have been in the state for 32 years – just one year and 11 months less than the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s (CPI-M) nearly 34-year reign in West Bengal from 1977 to 2011.

In the 2022 assembly elections, the BJP won a record 156 seats in Gujarat with a 52.5% vote share, while the opposition Congress and AAP, got around 27% and 13% votes, respectively. The Congress could win just 17 seats, while the AAP managed to secure five. Independents won three seats and the Samajwadi Party picked up one.

The BJP has managed to maintain its supremacy in Lok Sabha elections as well. In 1998, the party won 19 of the 26 seats, while in 1999, it won 20. The BJP’s tally dropped to 14 seats in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, just two more than the Congress’s 12 seats. In 2009, the BJP managed to improve its tally by one, securing 15 seats. It has been a clean sweep in the last two Lok Sabha elections.

Region-Wise Battle

Gujarat can be divided into four regions, namely, Saurashtra and Kutch, and the northern, southern and central parts of the state. The eight Lok Sabha seats in the Saurashtra and Kutch region have been with the BJP for a long time.

North Gujarat has seven seats, including the high-profile Gandhinagar, which is represented by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The two seats of Ahmedabad are also part of this region.

Central Gujarat has six seats, including Vadodara and the tribal-dominated Dahod, Panchmahal and Chhota Udaipur seats. Tribal votes in this area are crucial for the BJP if it wants to repeat its clean sweep of 2014 and 2019.

South Gujarat has five seats. It includes the diamond hub Surat, and Bharuch and Navsari. Gujarat BJP chief C.R. Paatil is contesting from Navsari, a seat he has won previously with record margins. In Bharuch, the contest may turn interesting given that the AAP is contesting in an alliance with the Congress. The candidate it has chosen for the Bharuch battle is MLA and an emerging tribal leader Chaitar Vasava. He will face BJP MP Mansukh Vasava, who has been elected from the seat several times.

Historically, Patidars, or Patels, have always been loyal to the BJP. Political watchers opine that the community turned against the Congress in the 1980s, when its chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki started nurturing the “KHAM” vote bank (Kshyatriyas, Harijans, Adivasis and Muslims). The combination proved successful for the party — it bagged 142 seats in 1980 and 149 seats in 1985.

The patidars in turn, miffed with the Congress, started bonding with the BJP under the leadership of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel, who went on to form the first BJP-led government in the state in 1995. Though his tenure was cut short due to rebellion in the party ranks, Patel returned as chief minister in 1998-2001. Since then, Patidars have been loyal supporters of the party, barring the brief disenchantment with it in 2017, when Hardik Patel organised a statewide campaign demanding reservations for Patidars in higher education and jobs. In the assembly elections that year, the BJP could win merely 99 seats. Hardik Patel is now part of the BJP.

What has also helped the BJP in Gujarat is capturing Hindu votes through the Ayodhya movement, which gained momentum from Somnath on Gujarat’s coast.

Speaking about the rise of the BJP in Gujarat, sociologist Gaurang Jani says, “After Gujarat was carved out of Bombay State (May 1960), communal riots took place regularly. There were two anti-reservation stirs before the BJP formed the government in 1995. Ram Janmabhoomi movement was started. The Gandhian movement had faded here by then and there were no Left parties in Gujarat. So, there was a vacuum.”

“The BJP initially supported upper caste Hindus in the anti-reservation movement. Brahmins, Patels, Banias and Kshatriyas are the four components of the upper castes in Gujarat. The Solanki government lacked representation of these communities and was formed of SC, ST, OBC and minorities. The BJP capitalised on this plank by offering a Hindutva umbrella,” Jani adds.

The BJP’s formidable social engineering and its Hindutva credentials are expected to pay off in the upcoming elections too. However, there have been reports of some dissent over the selection of candidates in constituencies like Amreli, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surendranagar and Vadodara.

However, such incidents are unlikely to dent the party’s prospects. In terms of governance and ideology, the people in the state continue to trust Modi and the BJP far more than any other party. That is the sense one get after talking multiple stakeholders.

ચૂંટણી 2024: શા માટે ગુજરાત ભાજપનો ગઢ બની રહ્યું છે

1995માં રાજ્યમાં પાર્ટીની ઐતિહાસિક જીત બાદથી ગુજરાત ભારતીય જનતા પાર્ટી (BJP)નો ગઢ રહ્યો છે. આગામી સામાન્ય ચૂંટણીઓ માટે, પાર્ટીને વિશ્વાસ છે કે તે રાજ્યની તમામ 26 લોકસભા બેઠકો જાળવી રાખશે. કોંગ્રેસ 24 બેઠકો પર ચૂંટણી લડવાની તૈયારીમાં છે, જ્યારે આમ આદમી પાર્ટી (AAP)એ ભરૂચ અને ભાવનગરમાં ઉમેદવારો ઉભા રાખ્યા છે.

2022 રાજ્યની વિધાનસભા ચૂંટણીમાં, ભાજપે 182 બેઠકોમાંથી રેકોર્ડ 156 બેઠકો મેળવી હતી. આ ત્યારે હતું જ્યારે કોંગ્રેસ અને AAP અલગ-અલગ ચૂંટણી લડી રહ્યા હતા. પરિણામો અને ઝુંબેશ એ હકીકતને રેખાંકિત કરે છે કે ‘બ્રાન્ડ મોદી’ અચળ છે અને વડાપ્રધાન નરેન્દ્ર મોદી મતદારો માટે ભાજપનું સૌથી મોટું ટ્રમ્પ કાર્ડ બની રહ્યા છે.

અસરકારક ટ્રેક રેકોર્ડ

ભાજપે 1995 થી સતત સાત વિધાનસભા ચૂંટણી જીતી છે, જે પોતાનામાં એક અવિશ્વસનીય સિદ્ધિ છે. વર્તમાન વિધાનસભા 2027 માં તેનો કાર્યકાળ પૂર્ણ કરશે ત્યાં સુધીમાં, ભાજપની સરકાર રાજ્યમાં 32 વર્ષ માટે હશે – ભારતીય કોમ્યુનિસ્ટ પાર્ટી-માર્કસિસ્ટ (CPI-M) ના લગભગ 34 વર્ષના શાસન કરતાં માત્ર એક વર્ષ અને 11 મહિના ઓછા. પશ્ચિમ બંગાળમાં 1977 થી 2011 સુધી.

2022ની વિધાનસભા ચૂંટણીમાં, ભાજપે 52.5% વોટ શેર સાથે ગુજરાતમાં રેકોર્ડ 156 બેઠકો જીતી હતી, જ્યારે વિપક્ષ કોંગ્રેસ અને AAPને અનુક્રમે લગભગ 27% અને 13% વોટ મળ્યા હતા. કોંગ્રેસ માત્ર 17 બેઠકો જીતી શકી, જ્યારે AAP પાંચ બેઠકો મેળવવામાં સફળ રહી. અપક્ષોએ ત્રણ અને સમાજવાદી પાર્ટીએ એક બેઠક જીતી હતી.

લોકસભા ચૂંટણીમાં પણ ભાજપ પોતાનું વર્ચસ્વ જાળવી રાખવામાં સફળ રહ્યું છે. 1998માં, પાર્ટીએ 26માંથી 19 બેઠકો જીતી હતી, જ્યારે 1999માં તેણે 20 બેઠકો જીતી હતી. 2004ની લોકસભાની ચૂંટણીમાં ભાજપની સંખ્યા ઘટીને 14 બેઠકો પર આવી ગઈ હતી, જે કોંગ્રેસની 12 બેઠકો કરતાં માત્ર બે વધુ હતી. 2009માં, ભાજપે 15 બેઠકો મેળવીને તેની સંખ્યા એકથી સુધારવામાં સફળ રહી. છેલ્લી બે લોકસભા ચૂંટણીમાં તેનો ક્લીન સ્વીપ રહ્યો છે.

પ્રદેશ મુજબ યુદ્ધ

ગુજરાતને સૌરાષ્ટ્ર અને કચ્છ અને રાજ્યના ઉત્તર, દક્ષિણ અને મધ્ય ભાગો એમ ચાર પ્રદેશોમાં વિભાજિત કરી શકાય છે. સૌરાષ્ટ્ર અને કચ્છ પ્રદેશની આઠ લોકસભા બેઠકો લાંબા સમયથી ભાજપ પાસે છે.

ઉત્તર ગુજરાતમાં હાઈ-પ્રોફાઈલ ગાંધીનગર સહિત સાત બેઠકો છે, જેનું પ્રતિનિધિત્વ કેન્દ્રીય ગૃહ પ્રધાન અમિત શાહ કરે છે. અમદાવાદની બે બેઠકો પણ આ પ્રદેશનો ભાગ છે.

મધ્ય ગુજરાતમાં છ બેઠકો છે જેમાં વડોદરા અને આદિવાસી બહુલ દાહોદ, પંચમહાલ અને છોટા ઉદેપુર બેઠકોનો સમાવેશ થાય છે. જો ભાજપ 2014 અને 2019ના ક્લીન સ્વીપને રિપીટ કરવા માંગે છે તો આ વિસ્તારમાં આદિવાસી મતો મહત્વપૂર્ણ છે.

દક્ષિણ ગુજરાતમાં પાંચ બેઠકો છે. તેમાં ડાયમંડ હબ સુરત, અને ભરૂચ અને નવસારીનો સમાવેશ થાય છે. ગુજરાત ભાજપના વડા સી.આર. પાટીલ નવસારીથી ચૂંટણી લડી રહ્યા છે, જે બેઠક તેઓ અગાઉ રેકોર્ડ માર્જિનથી જીતી ચૂક્યા છે. ભરૂચમાં AAP કોંગ્રેસ સાથે ગઠબંધન કરીને ચૂંટણી લડી રહી છે તે જોતાં સ્પર્ધા રસપ્રદ બની શકે છે. ભરૂચની લડાઈ માટે તેણે જે ઉમેદવારની પસંદગી કરી છે તે ધારાસભ્ય અને ઉભરતા આદિવાસી નેતા ચૈતર વસાવા છે. તેમનો મુકાબલો ભાજપના સાંસદ મનસુખ વસાવા સાથે થશે, જેઓ આ બેઠક પરથી ઘણી વખત ચૂંટાઈ ચૂક્યા છે.

ઐતિહાસિક રીતે, પાટીદારો અથવા પટેલો હંમેશા ભાજપને વફાદાર રહ્યા છે. રાજકીય નિરીક્ષકો માને છે કે સમુદાય 1980ના દાયકામાં કોંગ્રેસની વિરુદ્ધ થઈ ગયો હતો, જ્યારે તેના મુખ્ય પ્રધાન માધવસિંહ સોલંકીએ “KHAM” વોટ બેંક (ક્ષત્રિય, હરિજન, આદિવાસીઓ અને મુસ્લિમો)ને પોષવાનું શરૂ કર્યું હતું. આ સંયોજન પાર્ટી માટે સફળ સાબિત થયું – તેણે 1980માં 142 બેઠકો અને 1985માં 149 બેઠકો મેળવી.

બદલામાં, પાટીદારો, કોંગ્રેસથી નારાજ થઈને, ભૂતપૂર્વ મુખ્ય પ્રધાન કેશુભાઈ પટેલના નેતૃત્વમાં ભાજપ સાથે જોડાણ કરવાનું શરૂ કર્યું, જેમણે 1995 માં રાજ્યમાં ભાજપની આગેવાની હેઠળની પ્રથમ સરકારની રચના કરી. જોકે તેમનો કાર્યકાળ ટૂંકો થયો પાર્ટીમાં બળવો થયો, પટેલ 1998-2001માં મુખ્યમંત્રી તરીકે પાછા ફર્યા. ત્યારથી, પાટીદારો પક્ષના વફાદાર સમર્થકો છે, 2017 માં તેની સાથેના સંક્ષિપ્ત નારાજગીને બાદ કરતાં, જ્યારે હાર્દિક પટેલે ઉચ્ચ શિક્ષણ અને નોકરીઓમાં પાટીદારો માટે અનામતની માંગણી સાથે રાજ્યવ્યાપી ઝુંબેશનું આયોજન કર્યું હતું. તે વર્ષે વિધાનસભાની ચૂંટણીમાં ભાજપ માત્ર 99 બેઠકો જીતી શકી હતી. હાર્દિક પટેલ હવે ભાજપનો ભાગ છે.

ગુજરાતમાં બીજેપીને અયોધ્યા ચળવળ દ્વારા હિંદુ મતો મેળવવામાં પણ મદદ કરી છે, જેણે ગુજરાતના દરિયાકાંઠે સોમનાથથી વેગ મેળવ્યો હતો.

ગુજરાતમાં ભાજપના ઉદય વિશે બોલતા, સમાજશાસ્ત્રી ગૌરાંગ જાની કહે છે, “ગુજરાત બોમ્બે રાજ્યમાંથી અલગ થયા પછી (મે 1960), કોમી રમખાણો નિયમિતપણે થતા હતા. 1995માં ભાજપે સરકાર બનાવી તે પહેલા બે અનામત વિરોધી આંદોલનો થયા હતા. રામજન્મભૂમિ આંદોલન શરૂ કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું. ત્યાં સુધીમાં અહીં ગાંધીવાદી ચળવળ ઝાંખી પડી ગઈ હતી અને ગુજરાતમાં ડાબેરી પક્ષો નહોતા. તેથી, ત્યાં એક શૂન્યાવકાશ હતો.”

“ભાજપે આરક્ષણ વિરોધી ચળવળમાં શરૂઆતમાં ઉચ્ચ જાતિના હિંદુઓને ટેકો આપ્યો હતો. બ્રાહ્મણો, પટેલો, બનીઓ અને ક્ષત્રિયો એ ગુજરાતમાં ઉચ્ચ જાતિના ચાર ઘટકો છે. સોલંકી સરકારમાં આ સમુદાયોના પ્રતિનિધિત્વનો અભાવ હતો અને એસસી, એસટી, ઓબીસી અને લઘુમતીઓની રચના કરવામાં આવી હતી. ભાજપે હિંદુત્વની છત્ર આપીને આ ફળિયામાં ફાયદો ઉઠાવ્યો,” જાની ઉમેરે છે.

ભાજપની પ્રચંડ સોશિયલ એન્જિનિયરિંગ અને તેની હિંદુત્વની ઓળખ આગામી ચૂંટણીઓમાં પણ ફળે તેવી અપેક્ષા છે. જો કે, અમરેલી, રાજકોટ, સાબરકાંઠા, સુરેન્દ્રનગર અને વડોદરા જેવા મતવિસ્તારોમાં ઉમેદવારોની પસંદગી અંગે કેટલાક મતભેદ હોવાના અહેવાલો છે.

જો કે, આવી ઘટનાઓથી પાર્ટીની સંભાવનાઓને નુકસાન થવાની શક્યતા નથી. શાસન અને વિચારધારાના સંદર્ભમાં, રાજ્યના લોકો મોદી અને બીજેપી પર અન્ય કોઈપણ પક્ષ કરતા વધુ વિશ્વાસ કરે છે. બહુવિધ હિસ્સેદારો સાથે વાત કર્યા પછી જે સમજ મળે છે.


TsuNamo – Gujarat – BJP – 2022

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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 [email protected].]


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.

1A. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Ashok U Patel – 2nd Edition (April 2021) – English

1B. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Ashok U Patel – 2nd Edition (April 2021) – Gujarati

1C. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Keshavbhai J Patel – 1st Edition (201)

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’


Sultanpur – Migrating Flamingos



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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Karadi School

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


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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