AHMEDABAD: Almost 90 years ago, under the British rule, Sardar , who was then the president, had gathered political support to pass a resolution — Resolution 868 of November 5, 1928 — to unfurl the tricolour on the municipality building.
This resolution was passed in the general board of the civic body by a majority. This was the first instance in Ahmedabad’s history when an official resolution was passed for unfurling the tricolour on a British government-owned building. An elaborate ceremony for unfurling the tricolour was organised on February 28, 1929, which was attended by Mahatma Gandhi.
Bapu even wrote about this incident in an article in Navajivan journal of March 17, 1929. He said, “Only Sardar can show this courage of unfurling the tricolour.” He later remembered how Sardar during his tenure had installed Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak’s memorial statue in Victoria Garden in Ahmedabad. After Sardar, Daulatram Umedram Shah had taken over as chief officer and continued to keep the tradition of unfurling the tricolour every year. The tradition continued till June 1, 1943 after which the British pulled down the flag and replaced it with the union jack. Professor Rizwan Kadri of Shree Swaminarayan Arts College in Ahmedabad says, “Back then in the late 1920s even official letter heads of municipality officials carried the tricolour.”
A book ‘Rashtriya Chadwad Ma Amdavad Municipality No Fado’, by India’s first Lok Sabha speaker G V Mavlankar, and Chandubhai Dalal, had mentioned how the tradition of the tricolour was kept alive. In the 1929 Navajivan article, Bapu had elaborately dwelt on bringing a standard in the flag. For instance, using khadi in place of cloth imported from Britain. He had cited how certain readers had objected to different colour tones for the tricolour
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