Pitthoragarh, October 1
Gandhian influence in Uttarakhand is waning. Mahatma Gandhi set foot in the state in 1929 with a visit to Almora and the rest of the Kumaon region. The visit lasted more than 18 days. During his second visit in 1931, he stayed for six days in the Kumaon region.
Even before Gandhi’s visit, the principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and civil disobedience were seen at Bagheswar Uttarayani in 1921 when, after realising the power of Gandhian Satyagraha, Kumaoni freedom fighters revolted against the tradition of bonded labour known as “kuli begar” (forced labour) by the British. [more]