Bapu Kuti by Rajni Bakshi

By Rajni Bakshi

Bapu Kuti, at Sewagram Ashram, Wardha, is the dust hut which was once Mahatma Gandhi's final domestic. part a century after Bapu used to be killed, the Kuti is alive with gatherings of people that percentage his goals. they don't name themselves 'Gandhians'. but, as they look for the recommendations to the various difficulties of recent India, those activists locate themselves coming to an identical conclusions as had Gandhi. during this assortment, Rajni Bakshi explores the area and lives of twelve such those that have grew to become their backs on profitable professions to embark on a look for functional and humane methods of political and social transformation, rooted within the religion that new India with prosperity for all will be outfitted at the strengths of cooperation and neighborhood.

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But, Karuna discovered within himself a natural socialist. It was Gandhi’s concern for daridranarayan, the last man, which brought together the Gandhi study circle of about forty young men. As Karuna later recalled: ‘We were putting Gandhi in the dock and yet trying to inherit him. Preparations for the Gandhi centenary brought Jayaprakash Narayan to Madurai for a consultative meeting at the Gandhi Museum. Karuna and about thirty other members of the Gandhi study circle gate crashed into the meeting where elderly speakers were droning on and on, heaping the usual floral and verbal tributes on the Mahatma.

The speaker was one of the numerous citizens of Beawer who regularly visited the dharna, listened and added their voice from the podium of the dharna. Just before sunrise, while most people at the dharna site were still sleeping, a man would arrive, sweep the dharna site clean, drop five rupees in the collection box and quietly leave. Another visitor, a young man who could only move about in a handoperated tricycle, would come every day to listen for a while, deposit ten rupees in the kitty and return home.

The rocks, used to make walls, were easily available, mud came from the local tank beds and roof tiles were made of fired clay and then rested on wooden rafters. But firewood was now scarce and most people could no longer make their own roof tiles. Most villagers still cannot afford the cement and concrete pucca structures. Thus, a silent housing crisis has crept up on thousands of villages like Devdoongri. If roof tiles could be cheaply and locally manufactured that would solve much of the housing problem.

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