- Samaldas Gandhi
Samaldas Gandhi was an
Indian freedom fighterwho headed the "Aarzi Hukumat" or "Temporary Government" of the erstwhile princely state of Junagadh.
Samaldas was a relative and close follower of
Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian independence movement.
Nawabof Junagadhannexed his state with Pakistanin 1947, Samaldas headed a government-in-exile created by prominent citizens of Junagadh to reflect the wishes of its people, who wanted to go with India.
When Indian forces peacably liberated Junagadh and its principalities, Mangrol and Manavadar, Samaldas was invited by Sir
Shah Nawaz Bhutto, the Nawab's premier to accept reins of the state. Samaldas later deferred to the Government of India.
Samaldas Gandhi is widely remembered in Junagadh and the state of
Gujarattoday as a hero and patriot. There are several schools, public foundations and hospitals named after him.
Indian Independence Movement, Indian National Congress
Political integration of India, Partition of India
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