By Brij V Lal
Dr Lal's e-book is greater than an eloquent account of the political fight of 1 of Fiji's extraordinary leaders. it's a well timed reminder that the method of constitutional switch hangs within the stability, because it did on the time of Mr Patel's demise. i'm hoping his instance will motivate destiny generations in Fiji to understand the imaginative and prescient articulated via an excellent and brave suggest of democracy, and a faithful son of Fiji. overdue Adi Kuini Bavadra** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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The Company’s tenants and workers demanded better wages (12 shillings a day), specified work hours, adequate housing, medical and pension benefits, educational facilities for their children and small plots of land to keep milk cows. The strikers were also angered by the Company’s decision to alter its procedure for buying cane, no longer valuing it according to the sweetness of the cane but at a flat rate for farms grouped in 30 acre blocks. Once again, the government used force to quell the strike with the assistance of 250 specially commissioned Fijian constables from Bau.
Political addresses frequently became discourses on philosophy and ethics. Young Ambalal received his primary and secondary education in Nadiad, which was adjacent to his own taluqa of Petlad. The town was a hotbed of nationalist politics. Mahatma Gandhi addressed a meeting there on 21 March 1918 during his Kheda satyagraha campaign urging rich farmers to withhold 9 See Bhandarkar, 1965. 25 A Vision for Change their land revenue to the government. The campaign against the Rowlatt Act, which severely restricted people’s freedom as the British attempted to deal with an upsurge in revolutionary political crime in the country, was directed from Nadiad.
The district contributed more than its share of leaders to Indian politics and public life, such as Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, the so-called iron man of Indian politics, and independent India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Its people were spiritually eclectic, proud of their cultural heritage, independent-minded and fiercely anti-colonial. Ambalal Dahyabhai Patel, who came from the most politically conscious and socially prominent strata of the Kheda district, was thus a Gujarati’s Gujarati.