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Bhaktilaxmi Desai and Manibahen Patel

Publisher: Navajivan Trust
Categories: History
Book Type: epub
Book Size: 10324.03 KB | ISBN(13): 9788172297640

It was suggested that biographies of Bhaktilaxmi Desai and Manibahen Patel may be published together as a single volume because these two noble ladies from Gujarat sacrificed so much of their personal life in the cause of Indian independence. They were the leading women freedom fighters in Gujarat who played a vital role in awakening the patriotic spirit of women during the Bardoli Satyagraha and other freedom struggles. In their lifetime, they spent a total of almost five years each as political prisoners, perhaps the longest among the women satyagrahis from Gujarat, if not of the whole country. We felt that these two biographies in one volume may be good companion reading. i Bhaktilaxmi was the daughter of a ‘Dewan’ of Limbadi, a princely state in Kathiawad. After her marriage to Darbar Gopaldas Desai, she became a princess in her own right. Bhaktilaxmi Desai, popularly called Bhaktiba was a Trustee and later President of the Vallabh Kanya Kelavani Mandal, an educational institution for girls run on Gandhian principles of ‘Nai Talim’. Darbar Gopaldas and Bhaktiba had started a similar school in the city of Nadiad after they came under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and his Nai Talim. i The second narrative is a bird’s eye-view of Manibahen Patel’s life and times. Manibahen—the daughter of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel—came in close contact with Gandhiji, Kasturba and most of the top leaders of her time because of her father’s close association with Gandhiji. She participated in all the Satyagrahas called for by Gandhiji and spent time in jails along with most of the prominent women leaders of her time, including Bhaktilaxmi Desai.

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