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By Rajni Bakshi

Bapu Kuti, at Sewagram Ashram, Wardha, is the dust hut which was once Mahatma Gandhi's final domestic. part a century after Bapu was once killed, the Kuti is alive with gatherings of people that proportion his desires. they don't name themselves 'Gandhians'. but, as they look for the ideas to the numerous difficulties of contemporary India, those activists locate themselves coming to a similar conclusions as had Gandhi. during this assortment, Rajni Bakshi explores the realm and lives of twelve such those who have grew to become their backs on profitable professions to embark on a look for useful and humane methods of political and social transformation, rooted within the religion that new India with prosperity for all could be outfitted at the strengths of cooperation and neighborhood.

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They wanted to know more about the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, whose name was emblazoned on bright banners all over the dharna site. Why was this Sangathan demanding photocopies of government records? The answers came in many voices as each man or woman who sat in the dharna eagerly explained the purpose of their effort. ‘You are demanding of a system of office, where rot has set in, that it place its soul before the people. ’ The speaker was one of the numerous citizens of Beawer who regularly visited the dharna, listened and added their voice from the podium of the dharna.

You are demanding of a system of office, where rot has set in, that it place its soul before the people. ’ The speaker was one of the numerous citizens of Beawer who regularly visited the dharna, listened and added their voice from the podium of the dharna. Just before sunrise, while most people at the dharna site were still sleeping, a man would arrive, sweep the dharna site clean, drop five rupees in the collection box and quietly leave. Another visitor, a young man who could only move about in a handoperated tricycle, would come every day to listen for a while, deposit ten rupees in the kitty and return home.

The doctors were not hopeful but offered various kinds of treatment that would keep Mot Singh at the government hospital in Beawer. No thanks, Mot Singh said firmly. He preferred to die in his own hut. His friends did not try to dissuade him. They knew that the ill-equipped and poorly-stocked public hospital would not offer much relief to Mot Singh. A few months later, he died quietly in his home beside the big tarred road. Over the years, the Devdoongri family had seen many men in their forties and fifties return from the city, to die at home.

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