Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India by Howard Spodek

By Howard Spodek

In the 20 th century, Ahmedabad used to be India's "shock city." It used to be where the place some of the nation's most vital advancements happened first and with the best intensity—from Gandhi's political and hard work organizing, in the course of the development of cloth, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, to globalization and the sectarian violence that marked the flip of the recent century. occasions that occurred there resonated in the course of the nation, for greater and for worse. Howard Spodek describes the hobbies that swept the town, telling their tale in the course of the careers of the boys and girls who led them.

(2012)

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8 Twenty-four years later, in 1915, on returning from South Africa, Gandhi found that he was much better able to cope with the sophisticated Gujarati society of Bombay. But would it be worth the effort? Could Bombay be home? He describes his experience on arriving in India, at a reception in his honor in Bombay. Everyone was speaking in English: The receptions in Bombay gave me an occasion for offering what might be called a little Satyagraha. At the party given in my honour at Mr. Jehangir Petit’s place, I did not dare to speak in Gujarati.

At the Gujarat state level, the BJP entered into a ruling coalition in 1990, and it captured the state legislature on its own in the elections of 1995, winning 122 of a total of 182 seats. The party proclaimed Gujarat its “Hindutva laboratory” for India. In regard to militant Hinduism in politics, Ahmedabad set the pace as a shock city. The political divisions, coupled with the closure of most of the mills, increased the segregation of Ahmedabad’s population on a communal basis. Hindus and Muslims had tended to live in somewhat separate neighborhoods.

But would it be worth the effort? Could Bombay be home? He describes his experience on arriving in India, at a reception in his honor in Bombay. Everyone was speaking in English: The receptions in Bombay gave me an occasion for offering what might be called a little Satyagraha. At the party given in my honour at Mr. Jehangir Petit’s place, I did not dare to speak in Gujarati. In those palatial surroundings of dazzling splendour I, who had lived my best life among indentured labourers, felt myself a complete rustic.

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