By Howard Spodek
In the 20 th century, Ahmedabad was once India's "shock city." It was once where the place a number of the nation's most crucial 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 hot century. occasions that occurred there resonated during the state, for larger and for worse. Howard Spodek describes the routine that swept the town, telling their tale throughout the careers of the boys and ladies who led them.(2012)
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He wrote essays addressing the concerns of common people in lucid, elegant, but simple Gujarati, which became a new model for the development of the language. His Autobiography: My Experiments with Truth holds a unique place in world literature and had a pervasive influence on Gujaratis as a new way of understanding life as an honest, open, truthful engagement with problems, from the ills of child marriage, to the search for solutions to mass poverty, to personally evaluating the essential teachings of religion and culture, and to combating discrimination, whether based on caste or colonial arrogance.
But all these changes also provided continuity—the continuity of dynamic change. Ahmedabad had been throughout the twentieth century a pathbreaking shock city for India, and its vitality and energy continued. In its economic development and in its search for a new political center of gravity—however cynical and violent that search became—it built on its earlier foundations. This book presents and analyzes almost a century of development in this shock city. It explores the sometimes surprising continuities and discontinuities.
Mavalankar, in a quandry. A few days later, however, Mavalankar reported with relief, Mangaldas withdrew his request, remarking that he was not the proper person for the job and acknowledging that it should go to Vallabhbhai Patel. Mangaldas realized that a new political era had opened between 1916 and 1921, and he was not an active participant in it. In social life, the treatment of untouchables was also emerging as a central issue, and Mangaldas was not reconciled to recognizing the full human rights of untouchables, as Gandhi demanded.
Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India by Howard Spodek