Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad is the largest city and former capital of the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, 30 km (19 mi) from the state capital Gandhinagar. It is also ranked third in Forbes' list of fastest growing cities of the decade and also the fifth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India.

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  • Ahmedabad was named as one of the three Indian cities best positioned to prosper and grow in this new age of urbanization.
Leading institution of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
  • What beauty and excellence can the founder of the city seen in this wretched city with its dust-laden air, its hot winds, its dry river-bed, its brackish nasty water and its thron covered suburbs.
  • During nine months of Jehangir;s stay in Ahmadabad [in 1608] his favourite wife Nur Jahan governor of the city
    • Colonel Briggs, in Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Ahmedabad, p.255
  • The plan of the old city, comprises numerous pols [residential complexes], self contained neighborhoods, sheltering large numbers of people, traversed by narrow streets, usually terminating in squares with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds.
  • Until the beginning of the twentieth century most of Ahmedabad’s population resided within the Fort Walls [on the eastern bank of the Sabaramati River. The opening of the first Ahmedabad textile mill in 1861 and of the railway line between Ahmedabad and Bombay [now Mumbai] three years was a harbinger of the city’s rapid expansion. The developing textile industry generated waves of migration into the city and extensive growth of its population and territory.
Panoramic view of Ahmedabad
  • Socially, economically and in its structural and spatial design, the city had gradually been divided into three parts. From the end of 1960s, Ahmedabad became the story of three cities.
    • B.K. Roy Burman, in Social profile, in Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: The Violence in Gujarat, p.32
  • The walled city, with its twelve gates and numerous mosques, temples and towers, was founded in 1411 by Ahmad Shah on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River. Despite its dilapidated condition, the Indian Islamic architecture and the houses decorated with wood carvings attest to its affluent status.
    • Anjana Desai, in Environmental Perceptions, in Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: The Violence in Gujarat, p.33
The Sabarmati Riverfront Development project brings together global wisdom and best practices to revive the river as a public sanctuary for the people of Ahmedabad...The Riverfront upgrades 18 precincts located adjacent to the riverfront land, revitalising the heart of Ahmedabad and leading the city's future growth.
  • The first to move beyond the walls with the growth of the city’s population were the wealthy mill-owners. They built bungalows in the northern suburb of Shahibag. From the early 1920s, wealthy members of upper-caste groups began moving to the western side of the river, where they constructed housing societies. These small cooperative apartment buildings, alongside buildings, became the new residential pattern in the area.
    • Kenneth L. Gillion, in “Ahmedabad” in Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: The Violence in Gujarat,p.34
  • The Sabarmati Riverfront Development project brings together global wisdom and best practices to revive the river as a public sanctuary for the people of Ahmedabad...The Riverfront upgrades 18 precincts located adjacent to the riverfront land, revitalising the heart of Ahmedabad and leading the city's future growth.
    • Sabarmati Riverfront, in A Unique Identity, Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited.
Mahatma Gandhi: This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness- for on one side, are the iron bolts of the foreigners, and on the other, thunderbolts.
  • This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness- for on one side, are the iron bolts of the foreigners, and on the other, thunderbolts of Mother Nature.
  • The British ruled the city from 1818 and they made a military cantonment here in 1824. In 1864, Ahmedabad was connected to Bombay (now Mumbai) by rail which made Ahmedabad the leading hub for trade and manufacturing. After Independence, Ahmedabad was declared a provincial town of Bombay and it became the capital city of Gujarat on 1 May 1960.

Historic city of Ahmadabad[edit]

UNESCO Historic city of Ahmadabad

...... After AD. 1411 came to be erected the oldest extant fortification of the city, viz., the square Bhadra towers, which with massive form included the royal citadel on an area of about 16 hectares.
  • Ahmadabad's walled city has a history of last six centuries. It has a unique settlement which has acquired significant importance for its patterns and homogeneity of community living which is characteristic of its economic reliance on trade and commerce since centuries.
  • The foundations of the city of Ahmadabad were laid by Ahmad Shah with benedictions of his spiritual preceptor, Shaikh Ahmad Khattu Ganj Bakhsh of Sarkhej... After AD. 1411 came to be erected the oldest extant fortification of the city, viz., the square Bhadra towers, which with massive form included the royal citadel on an area of about 16 hectares.
  • Its wealth of wooden architecture of settlements is also a great heritage for which the city is well known since centuries and is considered a storehouse of integrated crafts which extended from block making for textile printing to some of the finest expressions in traditional houses and temple building arts...Its economic enterprise sustaining the city and state, its wisdom in financial expertise and its guild tradition for community co-existence, leading to a world class status in textiles in 19th century.
  • India's most import struggle for independence also originated here when Mahatma Gandhi made this city his home in his formative period. His associations within the historic city first and then at a wealthy merchant's house' Kocharab are preserved in his memory Sabarmati Ashram here which he conceived as a model for Indian way life on the banks of Sabarmati river is a global pilgrimage place. This was the place he wanted to develop as an ideal set up for demonstrating the Indian way of life. He left from here to start the famous Dandi March which really marked the struggle for Independence Movement in India.

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