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Gokulbhai Daulatram Bhatt

(1898 – 1986) – (Rajasthan)

Gokulbhai Daulatram Bhatt (Aged 88) was born on February 19, 1898, in Hathal (Sirohi). He was a freedom fighter and social worker from the Rajasthan state in India. Bhatt was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India representing Bombay State and briefly served as the Chief Minister of the princely state of Sirohi.

On January 22, 1939, he, along with seven others, founded Praja Mandal in Sirohi and was an active independence activist from there. He was detained and imprisoned for some time by the British. After independence, he opposed the division of the Sirohi district and the handover of Mount Abu to Gujarat. His efforts resulted in Mount Abu remaining part of Rajasthan, but some other parts of the district were transferred to Gujarat. Bhatt fought for the empowerment of the backward classes.

During the Emergency, he was arrested for his vocal protest against it. While in jail, he started Satyagraha with other satyagrahis, including Professor Kedar, Ujjwala Arora, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, and others. Due to his contributions, he was referred to as the “Gandhi of Rajasthan.” Bhatt passed away on October 6, 1986.