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Virtual Display – “Information and Books (Available in Libraries of NIRMA University) on Gujarat” – on the Occasion of “Gujarat Sthapna Diwas”


On the Occasion of “Gujarat Foundation Day”, We – Library ILNU feels immense pleasure to air Virtual Display – “Information and Books (Available in Libraries of NIRMA University) on Gujarat” – on the Occasion of “Gujarat Sthapna Diwas”

Virtual Display – “Information and Books (Available in Libraries of NIRMA University) on Gujarat” – on the Occasion of “Gujarat Sthapna Diwas”





Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi (October 2, 1869 to January 30, 1948) was the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement against British rule and in South Africa who advocated for the civil rights of Indians. Born in Porbandar, India, Gandhi studied law and organized boycotts against British institutions in peaceful forms of civil disobedience. He was killed by a fanatic in 1948. Gandhi grew up worshiping the Hindu god Vishnu and following Jainism, morally rigorous ancient Indian religion that espoused non-violence, fasting, meditation and vegetarianism During Gandhi’s first stay in London, from 1888 to 1891, he became more committed to a meatless diet, joining the executive committee of the London Vegetarian Society, and started to read a variety of sacred texts to learn more about world religions.



Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was one of the important social and political leaders of India. He played an important role in India’s struggle for freedom. He is believed to be born on 31 October 1875 at Nadiad, Gujarat and was often addressed as Sardar.
He did his matriculation at the age of 22. He seemed to be an ordinary person to everyone around him, but had strong will power. He wanted to become a barrister. At the age of 36, he went to England to fulfill his dream and joined Middle Temple Inn. He completed his 36-month course in just 30 months. After returning to India he became one of the most successful barristers of Ahmedabad.
Inspired by the work and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, he joined India’s struggle for independence. He organised peasants of Kheda, Bardoli and other parts of Gujarat and launched non-violent Civil Disobedience Movement in Gujarat, against the payment of raised tax, levied by the British government. He succeeded in his goal and the British Government suspended the payment of revenue for that year. With this he became one of the most influential leaders in Gujarat. In 1920 he became the president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee and served in the post till 1945. He was a strong supporter of the Non -Cooperation Movement of Gandhi and worked against alcoholism, Untouchability and caste discrimination in Gujarat. He was elected as the municipal president of Ahmedabad in 1922, 1924 and 1927. When Mahatma Gandhi was in prison, he led the Satyagraha in Nagpur in 1923 against the British law, banning the raising of the Indian flag.



Dr. Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram Sarabhai was an Indian physicist regarded as the Father of the Indian Space program. This biography of Vikram Sarabhai provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline. Fondly called the Father of the Indian Space program, Vikram Sarabhai was a man much ahead of his times. Born into a wealthy business family in India, he enjoyed a privileged childhood and the means to pursue all the education he wanted. From a young age Sarabhai developed a deep interest in science and mathematics. He was a very curious child who loved to explore life. After completing his primary education from India he moved abroad for further studies. He became obsessed with science and all that science has to offer over his course of stay in England. By the time he was back to India, he was fixated on contributing something of relevance to the country. He began researching on cosmic rays at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and such was his dedication that he published his first scientific paper within two years of starting his research! He once again went to England and returned when India had become independent. Realizing the need for quality research institutions in the newly independent country, he helped to establish the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad. He also played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).



Jamsetji Tata

Jamsetji Tata was an Indian entrepreneur who founded the Tata Group. This biography of Jamsetji Tata provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was an Indian industrialist and entrepreneur who founded the Tata Group, India’s biggest conglomerate company. The Tata Group of industries which today encompasses seven business sectors and operates in over 80 countries throughout the world is believed to be India’s best-known global brand within and outside the country. The massive success which the Tata Group enjoys today was the result of the vision and mission of one man—Jamsetji Tata, who not surprisingly is regarded as the “Father of Indian Industry”. Born into a family of Parsi Zoroastrian priests in a small town in Gujarat, he was the first person in his whole family to venture beyond priesthood.



Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian entrepreneur who founded Reliance Industries Limited and made it one the largest private sector comapnies in India. Know more about his childhood, life, works and achievements in this biography. Fiery instinct, futuristic outlook, indomitable will, and a burning passion was all that Dhirubhai Ambani had when he set out to work his way for a living in the lanes of Bombay, way back in 1958. From being a spice dealer to a cloth merchant to a textile producer, it was his overarching ambition, inexhaustible energy and never-say-die spirit that led him through all the obstacles to emerge as the business tycoon of India. He established and laid the foundation for Reliance Industries, which has become one of the largest conglomerates of India today. It was through his futuristic vision and strong business acumen that Reliance Industries created history in the Indian industry, a legacy that would serve as an inspiration for generations to come!



Dr. Karsanbhai Patel

Born in 1945 in Mehsana, Gujarat; Karsan bhai Khodidas Patel is an Indian industrialist who founded a brand that has remained one of the most famous ones amongst the Indian middle-class – Nirma group! A well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist that he is; Karsan bhai started Nirma as a one-man operation and has brought to a stage where today Nirma has 18000+ employees and revenues worth more than Rs.7,000 Cr. Nirma is a group of companies Headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and deals in manufacturing of products that range from cosmetics, soaps, detergents, salt, soda ash, LAB (Linear Alkyl Benzene) to Injectables.
Nirma as a company is the best example that proves that if you supply at the right price, the product itself has the potential to create its own demand. In 1995, Karsan bhai started the Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, which grew into a leading engineering college in Gujarat. And under the Nirma Education and Research Foundation launched several projects: Institute of Technology (1995), Institute of Management (1996), Institute of Diploma Studies (1997), Institute of Pharmacy (2003), Institute of Science (2004), Institute of Law (2007) Institute of Architecture & Planning (2014), Institute of Commerce, Department of design (2017).



Narendra Damodardas Modi

Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India. He represents Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha. He is the most prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is considered a master strategist for his party. He has been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four consecutive terms.
Narendra Damodardas Modi was born to a family of grocers in a town called Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat. He was born on 17 September, 1950 to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Heeraben Modi. The couple had six children among which Narendra Modi was the third eldest.
Modi completed his studies against all odds. His saga of struggle began when as a teenager, he, along with his brother, used to run a tea stall near a railway station in Ahmedabad. He did his schooling from Vadnagar and obtained a master’s degree in Political Science from Gujarat University. One of his school teachers described him as an average student but a brilliant debater. During his college days, he worked as a ‘pracharak’ (promoter) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He left home at the age of 17 years and travelled across the country for the next two years.



Narsinh Mehta

Narsinh Mehta was born in the ancient town of Talaja and then shifted to Jirndurg now known as Junagadh in the District of Saurashtra, in Vaishnava Brahmin community. He lost his mother and his father when he was 5 years old. He could not speak until the age of 8 and after his parents expired his care was taken by his grandmother Jaygauri.
Narsinh married Manekbai probably in the year 1429. Narsinh Mehta and his wife stayed at his brother Bansidhar’s place in Junagadh. However, his cousin’s wife (Sister-in-law or bhabhi) did not welcome Narsinh very well. She was an ill-tempered woman, always taunting and insulting Narsinh mehta for his worship (Bhakti). One day, when Narasinh mehta had enough of these taunts and insults, he left the house and went to a nearby forest in search of some peace, where he fasted and meditated for seven days by a secluded Shiva lingam until Shiva appeared before him in person. On the poet’s request, the Lord took him to Vrindavan and showed him the eternal raas leela of Sri Krishna and the gopis. A legend has it that the poet transfixed by the spectacle burnt his hand with the torch he was holding but he was so engrossed in the ecstatic vision that he was oblivious of the pain. Narsinh mehta, as the popular account goes, at Sri Krishna’s command decided to sing His praises and the nectarous experience of the rasa in this mortal world. He resolved to compose around 22,000 kirtans or compositions.



Jhaverchand Meghani

Jhaverchand Meghani (28 August 1896 – 9 March 1947) was a noted poet, writer, social reformer and freedom fighter from Gujarat. He is a well-known name in the field of Gujarati literature. He was born in Chotila. Mahatma Gandhi spontaneously gave him the title of Raashtreeya Shaayar (National Poet).[1] Besides this he received many awards like Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak and Mahida Paaritoshik in literature. He authored more than 100 books. His first book was a translation work of Rabindranath Tagore’s balladKathaa-u-Kaahinee titled Kurbani Ni Katha (Stories of martyrdom) which was first published in 1922. He contributed widely to Gujarati folk literature. He went from village to village in search of folk-lores and published them in various volumes of Saurashtra Ni Rasdhar.[2] He was also the Editor of Phulchhab Newspaper of Janmabhoomi group (which is being published till date from Rajkot).




He was born to a royal family in 1874. He had a very short life of 26 years, and died in 1900. When Kalapi 15 years old, he was married to two princesses. Rajba-Ramaba, the princess of Kutch – Roha, and Kesharba-Anandiba, the Princess of Saurashtra-Kotada. Ramaba was elder to Sursinhji by eight years, while Anadiba was elder to him by two years. When he was 20 years old, he fell in love with Shobhana, who was serving as a maid to his royal family. It is believed that, Kalapi’s love for Shobhana became the reason of conflicts with Ramaba, and then the reason for his accidental death due to poisioning by his own wife. He was a follower of The Swaminarayan Sampraday founded by Lord Swaminarayan.
In spite of his short life, poet Kalapi’s creation was immense and enormous. His creation includes about 250 poems (including 15,000 verses). He has also given a number of prose writings. His 900 letters to his friends and wives brought the facts and truth. He not only used Gujarati language as his medium to elaborate his own creation, but also translated four English novels in Gujarati.



Umashankar Joshi

Umashankar Joshi was born in small village named Bamna village (now in Bhiloda Taluka of Aravalli district, Gujarat). He was Brahmin from the caste named Trivedi Mewada Brahmin Barishi.[citation needed] His father, Jethalal Kamalji was a Karbhari in small jagirs. His Mother was Navalbai. He had eight siblings: six brothers and two sisters.
Umashankar Joshi received inspiration for creative writing from the beautiful surroundings of the hilly region and the social life of the villages and fairs and festivals held there.
Umashankar Jethalal Joshi was an eminent poet, scholar and writer. He received the Jnanpith Award in 1967 for his contribution to Indian, especially Gujarati literature. Poet, Novelist, Short story writer.



Govardhanram Tripathi

Govardhanram Tripathi was born in Nadiad, India on 20 October 1855 on the day of the Dasara festival.
In 1875, he completed his BA degree and decided to pursue an LLB as well; however, he vowed never to work under anyone else and started his own practice in Mumbai. In 1883, he completed his LLB and began working at his practice in 1884. At the age of 43, he retired early and settled in his hometown to contribute to the world of Gujarati literature and also to take part in selfless service, working and offering this work to God, in keeping with the traditions of many Indian religions.
Shri. Govardhanram Tripathi died in Mumbai on the evening of 4 January 1907.
LiteraryWork Tripathi wrote the novel “Saraswatichandra (1-4)”, which is not only considered to be the best Gujarati novel, but is also seen as one of the best novels ever written. He was the first president of the “Gujarati Sahitya Parishad” in 1905.