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The Bardoli Satyagraha, was a movement in the independence struggle led by Sardar Vallabhai Patel for the farmers of Bardoli against. Myth and reality in the Bardoli Satyagraha ‐ a study in Gandhian politics Essays in Gandhian Politics — Rowlatt Satyagraha of (Oxford, ). The peasants who participated in the Bardoli Satyagraha of did not form a homogeneous group. They belonged to different castes and different social and.

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The momentum from the Bardoli victory aided in the resurrection of the freedom struggle nationwide.

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The farmers received complete support from their compatriots in Gujarat. Aided by Parikh, Vyas and Pandya, he divided Bardoli into several zones — each with a leader and volunteers specifically assigned. Leave a Reply Click astyagraha to cancel reply. Peasants were asked to take oaths in the name of Prabhu the Hindu name for god and Khuda the Muslim name for god that they would not pay the land revenue. But not a single man from Gujarat or anywhere else in India came forward to buy them.

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Along with tax inspectors, bands of Pathans were gathered from northwest India to forcibly seize the property of the villagers and terrorize them. The government began to auction the houses and the lands. Patel had previously guided Gujarat’s farmers during the Kheda struggle, and had served recently as Ahmedabad ‘s municipal president. The Congress Party found the concessions too meagre.

In fact, it was the peasants who laughed the last. The Gujarati activists Narhari ParikhRavi Shankar Vyasand Mohanlal Pandya talked to village chieftains and farmers, and solicited the help of Gujarat’s most prominent freedom fighter, Vallabhbhai Patel. But Patel refused permission bardolj enthusiastic supporters in Gujarat and other parts bareoli India from going on sympathetic protest. There is an interesting anecdote given by Gandhiji in Harijan.


In this connection it may be said that Patel was in-charge of the whole agitation. Whatever surplus money they got from foreign countries was also invested in the purchase of new land and provision of irrigation facilities.

Their relations with the lower caste, that is, small, marginal and agricultural labourers were quite unsatisfactory.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But the Baddoli ignored the letter, and reciprocated by announcing the date of collection. While Patel credited Gandhi’s teachings and the farmers’ undying resolve, people across the nation recognized his vital leadership.

At a later stage, in Julysome reduction in land tax was made. Though the Patidars appeared to be benevolent to the lower castes, the harmonisation of the latter prepared a suitable ground for peasant satyagraha.

Above all, Patel instructed the farmers to remain completely non-violent, and not respond physically to any incitements or aggressive actions from officials. Workers in Bombay textile mills went on strike and there was a threat to bring about a railway strike that would make movement of troops and supplies to Bardoli impossible. The land with the poorer peasants was very meagre and largely unproductive. Sardar Patel was contacted and some kind of agreement was struck.

Many hid their most precious belongings with relatives in other parts, and the protestors received financial support and essential supplies from supporters in other parts. The problem of Hali Pratha, which was highly exploitative, was not raised at all by the movement. And the fact that until no movement was launched for freeing the Dubla agricultural serfs. Other ways social boycott was enforced against landowners who broke with the tax strike or purchased seized land were to refuse to rent their fields or to work as laborers for them.

He was widely respected by common Gujaratis across the state. The findings of the committee came to the conclusion that the increase had been unjustified. The British government thus had high stakes in the Bardoli agitation.

The Bardoli Satyagraha ofin the state of GujaratIndia bareoli the period of the British Rajwas a major episode of civil disobedience and revolt in the Indian Independence Movement. Tuchin Revolt Harelle Peasants’ Revolt. Dhanagare argues that the status of the Kali Paraj peasants was that of a satuagraha of medieval Europe.


Patel had appointed volunteers in every village to keep watch. Dhanagare has raised the issue as to what extent the satyagraha was a reality or a myth created by the Gandhians. A Protest Vyborg Manifesto. And, thus, drove them to desperation. Gandhiji very rightly observed on the success of Bardoli agitation:.

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There was also one village recorded that paid the tax. The situation for the farmers was grave enough that they barely had enough property and crops to pay off the tax, let alone for feeding themselves afterwards. The movement was eventually led by Vallabhbhai Pateland its success gave rise to Patel becoming one of the main leaders of the independence movement. When the Government refused to ask the people who had bought some of the lands to return them, wealthy sympathizers from Bombay bought them out, and returned the lands to the rightful owners.

Gandhi, Women, and the National Movement, They set up an inquiry committee to go into the issue. The withdrawal of the movement was not a happy affair. Satyagraga is worse, the slave in America bafdoli the abolition was the legal property of his master. Dhanagare argues that the movement pleaded the cause of satygaraha rich and middle class peasants. As a matter of fact, the pressure of the legislative assembly was so strong that the government was obliged to take a soft stand against the movement.

This system of recruiting agricultural labour had grown out of money-lending practices. A meeting of representatives of 60 villages at Bamni in Kadod division invited Satyagrana Patel to lead the campaign.