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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The situation for the farmers was grave enough that they barely had enough property and crops to pay off the tax, let alone for feeding themselves afterwards. Inan agreement gardoli finally brokered by a Parsi member of the Bombay government.

The Gujarati activists Narhari ParikhRavi Shankar Vyasand Mohanlal Pandya talked to village chieftains and farmers, and solicited the help of Gujarat’s most prominent freedom fighter, Vallabhbhai Patel. Though the Patidars appeared to be benevolent to the lower satyaggraha, the harmonisation of satgagraha latter prepared a suitable ground for peasant satyagraha. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At a later stage, in Julysome reduction in land tax was made. The government forfeited a large chunk of land, say 50, acres.

Wages, just enough for subsistence, were paid in kind and were so low that the amount borrowed could never be repaid. What is worse, the slave in America before the abolition was the legal property of his master. A complete social boycott was organized against them, wherein relatives broke their ties to families in the village.

The villagers replied that they were prepared for the worst, but definitely could not accept the government’s injustice. 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. Gandhiji, along with Patel, conducted the movement in such a way that it carried, throughout the period, its non-violent character.

The Congress Party found the concessions too meagre. Out of the land taken over about one tenth was sold.


Dhanagare has sketched a portrait of the socio-economic background of Bardoli. Some of the Patidars also worked in London and Africa. Along with tax inspectors, bands of Pathans were gathered from northwest India to forcibly seize the property of the villagers and terrorize them.

The satyagraha had begun. The land with the poorer peasants was very meagre and largely unproductive.

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It may also be pertinent to mention here that the land of Surat taluka was quite fertile. Their relations with the lower caste, that is, small, marginal and agricultural labourers were quite unsatisfactory. Gandhi, Women, and the National Movement, All this created an antagonism between the rich and big Patidar peasants and the poor and slave-like small, marginal peasants and agricultural labourers.

This system of recruiting agricultural labour had grown out of money-lending practices. Many hid their most precious aatyagraha with relatives in other parts, and the protestors received financial support and essential supplies from supporters in other parts. These were not acceptable to them.

Bardoli Satyagraha

He says that Patidars were the dominant cultivators in Surat taluka. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat A Protest Vyborg Manifesto. The poorer masses of peasantry who had very little land in their possession were altogether neglected. He wrote to the government to fulfil the demands of the peasants. The brdoli of the committee came to the conclusion that the increase had been unjustified. Inthe taluka of Bardoli in Gujarat suffered from floods and famine, causing crop production satyagrzha suffer and leaving farmers facing great financial troubles.

Patel had previously guided Gujarat’s farmers during the Kheda struggle, and had served recently as Ahmedabad ‘s municipal president.

In this connection it may be said that Patel was in-charge of the whole agitation. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. While Patel credited Gandhi’s teachings and the farmers’ undying resolve, people across the nation recognized his vital leadership.

This increase in land tax was immediately opposed by the Congressmen. Other ways social boycott was enforced against landowners who broke with the tax strike or purchased seized land were to refuse to rent their fields or to work as laborers for them.


The movement was eventually led by Vallabhbhai Pateland its success gave rise to Patel becoming one of the main leaders of the independence movement. Tuchin Revolt Harelle Peasants’ Revolt.

It was after Bardoli that Sardar Patel became one of India’s most important leaders. As soon as he sighted the officials who were coming to auction the property, the volunteer would sound his bugle.

Soon, the Bardoli peasant movement became a national issue. Retrieved from ” https: The momentum from the Bardoli victory aided in the resurrection of the freedom struggle nationwide. The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict.

When the Government refused to ask the people who had bought some of the lands to return them, wealthy sympathizers from Bombay bought them out, and returned the bsrdoli to the rightful baedoli. Members of the legislative councils of Bombay and across India were angered by the terrible treatment of the protesting farmers. There is an interesting anecdote given by Gandhiji in Harijan.

Peasants were asked to take oaths in the name of Prabhu the Hindu name for god and Khuda the Muslim name for god that they would not pay the land revenue.

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Satyagraga Peasant Struggle He would not lead them unless he had the unanimous understanding and agreement of all the villages involved. The Bardoli Satyagraha ofin the state of GujaratIndia during the period of the British Rajwas a major episode of civil disobedience and revolt in the Indian Independence Movement. You must be logged in to post a comment.