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KamalnayanBajaj –Architect of theBajajGroup
“The
satyagrahi
’s object is to convert, not to coerce,
thewrong-doer,”Gandhi would repeatedly exhort his
followers. The principle became a part ofKamalnayan,
be it inbusiness, withhis family and friends or inhis
political career.
The latter career beganwhenKamalnayanwas five.At
five, howmuchdoes oneunderstand?What the child saw
was hismother feverishlypullingout sarees and shawls
fromherwardrobe, grabbinghis favourite kurtaalong
with the rest of his clothes, tossing them intoapile, and
handinghima faggot of burningwood to torch everything.
As Jamnalal and Jankidevi became closer toGandhi,
Kamalnayan strayed into the freedommovement.He
spun
khadi
, picketed shops sellingalcohol,was
occasionallybaton-charged. But unlikehis brother
Ramkrishnawho could
handleprisonwith élan,
Kamalnayan couldnot.
Jamnalal passedaway six
months beforeGandhi
launched theQuit India
movement, beforeWardha
erupted into violence, and
before Jamnalal could see
Kamalnayan’s successful
handlingof theAshti case.
Kamalnayan, Vallabhbhai Patel andSrimanNarayanwithGandhi onhisdaily
morningwalkatSevagram,Wardha
YoungKamalnayan in
khadi
Newspaper cuttingof 1920
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