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Scenes from the Dandhi march

DNMUM429396 | 1/6/2019 | Author : Gargi Gupta | WC :587

Rizwan Kadri’s chance discovery in a flea market turned out to be a hitherto unseen, first-hand record of Gandhiji’s iconic march, finds Gargi Gupta
Rizwan Kadri was browsing through the wares at Gujari Bazaar, a weekly flea market on the banks of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, some years ago when he came across a drawing book. The historian, who teaches in a city college, was then researching an Ahmedabad Police project to memorialise Vasant Rao and Rajab Ali, who had been lynched in 1946 trying to get their Hindu and Muslim communities, respectively, to shun communal violence. The sketchbook had images of Gandhiji - Vasant-Rajab had been followers of the Mahatma - and Kadri decided to buy it.
It was a significant discovery, he realised, as he looked through the images and collated them with information from newspapers reports and other published material of
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