The Bardoli Satyagraha, was a movement in the independence struggle led by Sardar Vallabhai Patel for the farmers of Bardoli against. Myth and reality in the Bardoli Satyagraha ‐ a study in Gandhian politics Essays in Gandhian Politics — Rowlatt Satyagraha of (Oxford, ). The peasants who participated in the Bardoli Satyagraha of did not form a homogeneous group. They belonged to different castes and different social and.

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He says that Patidars were the dominant cultivators in Surat taluka. Though sathagraha Patidars appeared to be benevolent to the lower castes, the harmonisation of the latter prepared a suitable ground for peasant satyagraha. But Gandhi and Patel agreed that neither the Congress nor Gandhi would directly involve themselves, and the struggle left entirely satyagaha the people of Bardoli taluka. Gandhiji very rightly observed on the success of Bardoli agitation:.

Croquant rebellions Rappenkrieg Revolt of the Pitauds. Their relations with the lower caste, that is, small, marginal and agricultural labourers were quite unsatisfactory. Workers in Bombay textile mills went on strike and there was a threat to bring about a railway strike that would make movement of troops and supplies to Bardoli barxoli.

They set up an inquiry committee to go into the issue.

BJP to celebrate Bardoli Day — farmers’ stir that was led by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

He reassured them that the struggle would not end until not only the cancellation of all taxes for the year, but also when all the seized property and lands were returned to their rightful owners. Many hid their most precious belongings with relatives in other parts, and the protestors received financial support and essential supplies from supporters in other parts. The fact of the matter is that the Hali cultivated the lands owned by upper caste people like Patidars, Anavil Brahmins and also Rajputs.

Patel had appointed volunteers in every village to keep watch. The constructive programmes also trained the youths to prepare for non-violence and satyagraha movement.


Looking to the national importance of Bardoli the British government took a soft-line. Whatever surplus money they got from foreign countries was also invested in the purchase of new land and provision of irrigation facilities. His capacity as an organiser, speaker, indefatigable campaigner and inspirer of ordinary men and women was already known.

Along with tax inspectors, bands of Pathans were gathered from northwest India to forcibly seize the property of the villagers and terrorize them. Describing the decision of the peasants committee, Bipan Chandra observes:. By using this site, you agree to the Terms bardoi Use and Privacy Policy. The Congress Party found the concessions too meagre. And the fact that until no movement was launched for freeing the Dubla agricultural serfs.

Patel told a delegation of farmers frankly that if they should realize fully what a revolt would imply. He would not lead them unless he had the unanimous satyatraha and agreement of all the villages involved.

He wrote to the government to fulfil the demands of the peasants.

Telangana Peasant Struggle Refusing payment of taxes could lead to their property being confiscated, including their lands, and many would go to jail. Actually, they survived a near-slave life in Bardoli. But Gandhi merely asked what Patel thought, and when the latter replied with confidence about the prospects, he gave his blessing.

Sardar Patel was contacted and some kind of agreement was struck.

Bardoli Satyagraha

Soon, the Safyagraha peasant movement became a national issue. Gandhiji observed that the Kali Paraj was living in dire poverty. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat But not a single man from Gujarat or anywhere else in India came forward to buy them. It may also be pertinent to mention here that the land of Surat taluka was quite fertile. The findings of the committee came bardpli the conclusion that the increase had been unjustified.

Bardoli Satyagraha – Wikipedia

Summary of Champaran Bihar Movement Patel then instructed all the farmers of Bardoli taluka to refuse payment of their taxes. The villagers replied that they were prepared for the worst, but definitely could not accept the government’s injustice. The government began to auction the houses and the lands.


Indian members resigned their offices, and expressed open support of the farmers. A Swarajya Asharam was established in Surat and six similar centres were set up in Bardoli taluka to carry out constructive activities and to diffuse new political culture.

Vallabh Bhai Patel was contacted by the local leaders to take up the leadership of movement. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Patel also placed some activists close to the government, to act as informers on the movements of government officials. You must be logged in to post a comment. As regards the cultivating landowners, 50, acres of land were forfeited though not sold.

Retrieved from ” https: This bardkli of recruiting agricultural labour satyagraah grown out of money-lending practices.

The Bardoli satyagraha was launched in mid-February Patel first wrote to the Governor of Bombay, asking him to reduce the taxes for the year in face of the calamities.

Wages, just enough for subsistence, were paid in kind and were so low that the amount borrowed could bardli be repaid. They could face complete decimation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A complete social boycott was organized against them, wherein relatives broke their ties to families in the village. What is worse, the slave in America before the abolition was the legal property of his master.

When the Government refused to ask the people who had bought some of the bqrdoli to return them, wealthy sympathizers from Bombay bought them out, and returned the lands to the rightful owners. In fact, it was the peasants who laughed the last.

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