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History Of Kutch

The honest and trust worthy Sundarji Saudagar was the messenger of all Indian Kings, Nawabs, Emperors and all. He was the native of Gundiyadi of Kutch. In the fights of British's and Nawabs, or the family crisis of Gayakwads', Sundarji worked for compromise and helped in stopping those fights and quarrels.

Swami Sahajanand came in Kutch in these times and started the Swaminarayan, the religious sector. Because of business with western world through ship, Kutch's history and thoughts were almost seemed similar of those of many European countries.

After the death of Rav Raydhanji in 1813, Ravshri Bharmalji ruled Kutch for seven years. During his time, Britain's Union Jack came and ruled them. Captain MacMardo imposed British rule on the Royal of Kutch. He made Royal to fight among themselves and ruled them. He also discarded Rav Bharmalji and gave the thorn to Rav Deshlaji in 1819. British's' involvement affected the business of Kutch and they became a hindrance in the progress of industries and in the progress of farming. British's put some rules against the rights of Maharavs and during the times of Lakhpatiji and Rav Godji, Kutch industrial progress stopped.

Education started in the time of Pragmalji the second, who came after Deshalji. He appointed non-Kutchi minister called Krushnaji Tulkar, Pandurang Shivram and police commisionar and Shirr Vinayakrao Bhagavat as judge in his ministry. He ruled from 1860 to 1875. The first municipality was established in Bhuj in his time. Kutch was becoming modern

After Pragmalji came Sir Khengarji to rule Kutch for a very long time. This was the time of freedom fights and revolutions in India. Communist personal Yusuf Maherali fought for Kutchi people's rights and led his revolution against the government of Sir Khengarji. Sir Khengarji ruled from 1876 to 1942 and in his ruling time he banned cutting of trees and even grass and brought back the green revolution. After independence Kutch was now a part of India. After the death of Khengarji, the Kutchadipati Vijayravji and Ravshri Madansighji's rule came to an end, as Kutch became the part of India in 1948. In 1956, Kutch was became a part of Mumbai and then in 1st May 1960, a part of Gujrat.

Kutch's last ruler Shirr Madansighji became Indian ambassador to Norway under the democratic government of Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1962 general elections Kutch elected members from its region and sent them in Indian parliament. In 1960 Premjibhai Thakkar elected and became minister.

Dr.Mahipat Maheta fought for Kutch's Independent Development Board against the central government and against hi own party (Congress I) through out his life. Kutch came in scene of Gujrat's politics as its contender Shirr Kundanlal Dholakia who became minister in central government and became the first Kutchi Vidhansabha Speaker. In 2051, according to Hindu calendar, Kutch's BJP's Shirr Sureshchandra Rupshankar Maheta , became the state's chief minister. This was very important event in Kutch's history. Kutch's Bhavanjibhai Arjan Khimji and Mumbai's K.T.Shah became the part of Indian constitution. International Hej Court after the 1965 and 1971 war between India and Pakistan gave some part of the Kutch to Pakistan.

This progress from the cave man to the modern democratic Kutch is standing like a highest peak which is ready to welcome 21st century.

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