India’s non-violent struggle for Independence launched from Ahmedabad, and propelled by Bapu's Satyagraha, became a turning point in history. But the Rs 1 crore dossier on the city — prepared by a CEPT University team led by R J Vasavada — fails to emphasize this extraordinary accomplishment. The lapse is all the more glaring because in the dossier Bapu is mentioned as an exemplar of one of the city's outstanding universal values (OUV), an indicator of a culture's impact on the world.
The dossier fails to establish how Bapu's pioneering philosophies of Satyagraha, trusteeship, civil disobedience, and self-reliance symbolized by the charkha and khadi, were developed in Ahmedabad and were later adopted by civil rights heroes across the world.
Curiously, the section on Gandhiji in the dossier has been prepared by a little-known local historian, Rizwan Kadri, and has no inputs whatsoever from the city's world-renowned Gandhian institutions like the Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat Vidyapith, and Navajivan Trust. The dossier team never involved the community at large in the documentation process and went about their task rather surreptitiously to bring out a listless document.