These roof tiles are stacked up outside Sabarmati Ashram, more commonly known as Gandhi’s Ashram. Mohandas Gandhi (known to the world as Mahatma Gandhi – Mahatma means ‘great soul’ in Sanskrit) lived here for 12 years from 1917 with his wife Kasturba.
Gandhiji (adding ji to the end of someone’s name is a sign of respect) was born in Gujarat in 1869 and died in Delhi in 1948 when an assassin, a Hindu extremist, fired 3 bullets into his chest.
There are a million things to know and be said about Gandhiji, but maybe as a beginner it’s enough to know that he was the man responsible for leading nation-wide campaigns in India from 1921 for easing poverty, increasing women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability and, vitally, achieving self-rule from the British in India, eventually won in 1947. Gandhiji, a trained lawyer, used non-violent civil disobedience to achieve his goals. This is a man who lies deep within the Indian soul.
The suburb of Sabarmati, on the banks of the Sabarmati River, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Even now that Ahmedabad is a big and fast-paced city, Gandhi’s Ashram and its accompanying museum, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, is a very peaceful place to be. Next year will be 100 years since Gandhi moved here and back then it must have been a very serene place to have been indeed.