ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Scuttling Wardhas Steel Plant

Ajit Kumar VIDARBHA, in Maharashtra is known, if at all, for its 'backwardness'. But among its nine districts, one district, viz, Wardha enjoys a special status in contemporary Indian history. Wardha's claim to fame can be traced to Gandhi's decision to stay there during the last phase of the independence movement and particularly after 1936 it became the unofficial capital of India with Bajajwadi, the estate of Jamnalal Bajaj becoming the meeting place of the Congress Working Committee. Nationalist leaders like Nehru, Bose, Azad, etc, used to camp at Bajajwadi frequently to meet Gandhi. Inevitably, in the post-independence period, Wardha lost much of its earlier importance till Vinoba Bhave launched the Bhoodan movement. Even this short-lived importance would have ebbed away had it not been for Indira Gandhi's impromptu visits to Paunar for Vinoba's 'darshan The tradition of visits was continued by the present prime minister but the venue shifted from Paunar to Sevagram (in the interregnum Vinoba Bhave had passed away).

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