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Ahmedabad: From Royal city to Megacity by Achyut Yagnik

By Achyut Yagnik

based in 1411 by means of Sultan Ahmed Shah at the banks of the river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is at the present time India's 7th biggest urban and in addition one of many subcontinent's few medieval towns which remains to be filthy rich and critical. quickly after it used to be demonstrated, the royal urban of Ahmedabad grew to become the economic and cultural capital of Gujarat. while the Mughal Empire annexed Gujarat in 1572, Ahmedabad misplaced its political pre-eminence, yet persevered to flourish as a superb buying and selling centre connecting the silk path with the spice course. in short below the Marathas within the eighteenth century, Ahmedabad skilled a dimming of its fortunes, yet with the start of British keep an eye on from the early 19th century town reasserted its mercantile ethos, while it all started wondering age-old social hierarchies. the hole of the 1st fabric mill in 1861 used to be a turning element and via the top of the century Ahmedabad used to be often called the Manchester of the East. while Gandhi lower back to India from South Africa in 1915, searching for a spot the place he may possibly identify 'an establishment for the full of India', it used to be Ahmedabad he selected. With the establishing of his Sabarmati Ashram, the good production centre additionally turned a centre for brand new awakening. It turned the political hub of India, radiating the message of freedom fight in accordance with fact and non-violence. After Independence, it emerged as one of many fastest-growing towns of India and within the Sixties Ahmedabadis pioneered associations of upper schooling and examine in new fields akin to area sciences, administration, layout and structure. but, throughout the centuries, Ahmedabad's prosperity has been punctuated by means of common failures and social discord, from famines and earthquakes to caste and non secular violence. Ahmedabadis have attempted to answer those, attempting to meld fiscal development with a brand new tradition of social concord. Coinciding with the 600th anniversary of the founding of Ahmedabad, this extensive brush background highlights socio-economic styles that emphasize Indo-Islamic and Indo-European synthesis and continuity, bringing the focal point again to the pluralistic history of this medieval urban. Evocative profiles of Ahmedabadi retailers, industrialists, poets and saints besides descriptions and illustrations of the city's artwork and structure deliver alive town and its citizens.

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