On Monday 20 May 2013 at 5.30 pm, a unique conference of scholars and historians was held at the Satyagrah Ashram in Ahmedabad, in the presence of Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj.
A new book called, Gandhiji – the Angry Young Man, is a historical account of Mahatma Gandhiji’s early years. Inspired by Acharya Swamishree, the book has been written by Dr Rizwan Kadri, senior professor at Shree Swaminarayan Arts College, Ahmedabad.
Mahatma Gandhi is the most pivotal figures in free India's history. Born in 1869, he went to London in 1888 to study law. He returned to Bombay to work as a barrister but then went to South Africa to work in 1907. In South Africa, he took part in passive protests government's treatment of Indian settlers. In 1915, he returned to India and, after joining the Congress movement, he emerged as one of the party's leaders. This paved the way for India’s independence in 1947.
In May 1915 Gandhiji established the Satyagrah Ashram in a village near Ahmedabad. This became his home and centre of his freedom movement.
A century after the establishment of the Satyagrah Ashram, and start of Independent India campaign, this new biography of Mahatma Gandhi was inaugurated at this event. Key speaker was Shree Gunvant Shah, eminent philosopher. Chief Guest was Dr C L Patel, Chairman of Charutar Vidya Mandal. Lectures were also be given by Dr Makrand Mehta, Shree Esthar David, Shree Bhaven Kachchhi and Shree Ajay Umat.