PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS OF GUJARAT – 1

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AMBALAL SAKARLAL DESAI (1844-1914)

AMBALAL SAKARLAL DESAIThe first Gujarati to graduate from Mumbai University, Ambalal lived in the Amrutlal pol in Ahmedabad. After completing M.A.L.L.B., he was appointed the Chief Justice of the Vadodara High Court in 1899. He was the chairman of the reception committee at the 18th National Congress Convention at Ahmedabad in 1902. At the Benaras Congress convention in 1905, Ambalal put forward the idea of the Swadeshi movement and invited Bengali youths to leam the textile trade. An ardent economist and historian, Ambalal Desai also headed the Ahmedabad Vidya Sabha and led the third Gujarati Sahitya Parishad at Rajkot. An advocate for women education, he protested against prevalent social customs.

AMBALAL SARABHAI (1890-1967)

AMBALAL SARABHAI
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Educated at Gujarat College, Ahmedabad Ambalal Sarabhai joined his family business as the director of Karamchand Premchand Private Limited and as the managing agent for the Calico Mills. He claimed the Sarabhai Chemicals at Baroda, which fabricated synthetic substances and pharmaceuticals, as a team with Squibb. He was also associated with many pharmaceutical companies like Suhrid Geigy Limited, Sarabhai Merck Limited, Symbiotics Limited, and Standard Pharmaceuticals Limited.

Ambalal Sarabhai was the President of the Ahmedabad Mill Owner’s Association in the year 1918-19 and furthermore an individual from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. He played an important role in the industrial development of the city. A number of progressive institutions, such as the Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA), B.M. Institute, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (lIMA), Calico Textile Museum, Shreyas Foundation, National Institute of Design (NID), Darpan Academy, Jyoti Sangh C.N.Vidyalaya and Majoor Mahajan enjoyed unwaveringly support of this doyen of the business community. He was awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal by the British Government, which he later renounced. (Prominent Individuals Of Gujarat)

Ambalal Sarabhai married Sarladevi in 1910 and fathered eight children. A man of principles and sound business judgment, he inculcated fine traditions in his children and grandchildren who took over from him, the responsibilities of the family business. He and his family gave continuous support- both personal and financial to the Indian National Congress during the freedom struggle.

AMRIT LAL HARGOVANDAS (1889-1974)

AMRITLAL HARGOVANDAS
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Industrialist philanthropist and institution builder, Sheth Amritlal Hargovandas’s contribution to the city has been unmatched. After studying law he successfully governed the textile mills and trade offices. He actively participated during difficult times of the city, especially famine, flood, earthquake, and riots. He even donated generously for setting up educational institutions such as H.L Commerce College, L.D. Arts College, M.G. Science College, N.H.L. Medical College, etc. He has also been associated with ATIRA, Gandhi Smaraka Sangrahalaya, SPIER. He was also founder Vice- President of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1949.  (Prominent Individuals Of Gujarat)

BAHECHARDAS LASHKARI (1818-1889)

Scholar of Gujarati, English, Marathi, Hindi as well as Urdu languages, Bahechardas was a leading entrepreneur, who set up the second textile mill of the city at Raikhad. He even donated for building hospitals, prarthanasamaj mandirs well as educational institutions in the city. He was honored for his services during the mutiny of 1857.

SIR CHINUBHAI BARONET (1864-1916)

SIR CHINUBHAI BARONET
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The first Indian to receive the title of ‘Baronet in 1913, Sir Chinubhai was a multifaceted personality. Apart from industry and commerce he also devoted time to Sanskrit literature and scholars. He many educational institutions the R.C.Technical School and Madhavlal Science College. The development of Supported including Gujarat College owes a lot to him.

CHINUBHAI CHIMANLAL SHETH (MAYOR) (1909-1993)

Born on November 1, 1909, in the Lalbhai the youngest President of Ahmedabad Municipality in 1949. In the same year, Ahmedabad The municipality was converted into a corporation and Chinubhai became the first mayor of Ahmedabad.

Chinubhai’s outstanding achievements as a mayor had impressed Jawaharlal Nehru greatly. During his tenure, he expanded Dudheshwar Water Works undertook the work of widening city roads, established a milk dairy, renovated the Kankaria lake, and also built the Ahmedabad Zoo, Balvatika, a boat club, a picnic house, an open-air theatre, a lecture ground, etc. He invited public donations with which he built maternity homes, schools, and libraries for the children, gardens, and playgrounds. Chinubhai played an instrumental role in bringing the National Institute of design (N.I.D.) to Ahmedabad.  (Prominent Individuals Of Gujarat)

He invited renowned French architect Le Corbusier to design the Sanskar Kendra and the Mill Owners’ building. Simultaneously, Chinubhai built Nehru Bridge, Shahibaug underbridge, and commissioned the widening of the Subhash Bridge. He planned the Swami Vivekanand Bridge area (then called Ellis Bridge) and built 80 feet wide outer circular road. All these achievements bagged Ahmedabad a place in the architectural world map. During his presidency in Gujarat Vidya Sabha, he carried on research on “Bhagvat” with many high-ranking scholars.

GULZARILAL NANDA (1922-1946)

GULZARILAL NANDAGulzarilal Nanda’s name is firmly connected with India’s labor reforms. He got elected to the Ahmedabad Municipality and was the secretary of the Textile Labour Association in Ahmedabad from 1922 to 1946. He stressed the worker’s education and improving their standard of living. In 1937, Nanda was elected to the Bombay Legislative Assembly from Ahmedabad constituency and was appointed as the parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister.  (Prominent Individuals Of Gujarat)

From here Nanda went on to become Labour Minister for two more terms, headed the Planning Commission, then as the Union Railways Minister and finally the Prime Minister of India. But it was from this city that he started his prolific career as the leader of the masses.

DR. HARIPRASAD DESAI (1880-1950)

Armed with an LC.PM. from Calcutta, Dr. Hariprasad Desai became a surgeon at the Ahmedabad Medical School. The first person to invite Gandhiji to Ahmedabad, Dr. Desai was imprisoned a number of times during the independence struggle. He was a board member of the Gujarat Sahitya Sabha and also headed the Gujarat Vidya Sabha. He was a member of the Mumbai legislative assembly and dean of the performing arts department in Gujarat Vidyapith. Being a part of the municipality for about twenty-five years, he also extended his services for public works like gardens, museums, libraries, and tree plantations. He has written as many as 18 books on a variety of subjects like science, philosophy, and health.

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