Restoring the past in Sabarmati Ashram

Print edition : December 20, 2019

At Hriday Kunj, Gandhi’s house at the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad. Photo: Vijay Soneji

Gandhi, Mirabehn and others at the Sabarmati Ashram. Gandhi left the ashram in 1930 but continued to visit it. Photo: The Hindu Archives

A girls’ hostel that is part of the Sabarmati Ashram and is located alongside a small colony of homes that belong to descendants of the first generation of ashram workers. The hostel is looked after well but theirs homes are neglected. Photo: Anupama Katakam

A group of residents of Rangshala and Vanatshala colonies, which will be affected if the ashram redevelopment project goes through. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Homes of freedom fighters, which are heritage buildings. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Dimant Badhia in front of the Imam Manzil Khadi Vanat Ane Vechan Kendra, a khadi-weaving unit started during the time of his great-grandfather, Ramjibhai Gopal Badhia. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Weavers at the Imam Manzil Khadi Vanat Ane Vechan Kendra, which is opposite the Sabarmati Ashram’s main gate. Photo: Anupama Katakam

A board giving a brief history of Ramjibhai and weaving at the ashram. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Letters Gandhi wrote to Ramjibhai Gopal Badhia. Photo: Anupama Katakam

The latest project to redevelop the Sabarmati Ashram is facing some resistance, especially from direct descendants of its original inhabitants, and questions are being raised about Narendra Modi’s interest in the plan.
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