Sunday, May 1, 2011

1st May, Golden Gujarat Day

It is 1st may celebration time every where in Gujarat-India  ,
1st May 1960, and with first ray of sunlight hitting the ground, Gujarat began a new era. This was to be an era of self confidence, of trend setting, of proving to the world, what Gujarat and Gujaratis have been known for ages. It was to prove to be a watershed in history of Gujarat.

The preceding years had seen a visionary struggle – a struggle for statehood, a charm for smaller geographical units with potential of turning adversities into advantages. The “Maha Gujarat Andolan” as it was called was led by visionary leaders like Indulal Yagnik, Jivraj Mehta, Harihar Khambholja and Brahmakumar Bhatt. The movement had its roots in difficulties for hinterlands of Gujarat to travel all the way to Mumbai for administrative affairs. As Government of India had already carved out separate units for administrative purposes in southern India on linguistic considerations, the desire of Gujarati masses was justified. After a long struggle of four years, the Central Government agreed to the State of Gujarat and under the leadership of Shri Jivraj Mehta, first Government of Gujarat was sworn in on May 1st, 1960. The oath of office was administered by Pt. Ravishankar Maharaj at the Gandhi Ashram and hence came into being a State called Gujarat with natural geographical formation looking like “Jaws of Lion”.
(Source : http://www.swarnimgujarat.org/ )

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