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Sadaqat Ashram

Patna, Bihar

December 14, 2021

Established by Mazhar-ul-Haq, the Sadaqat Ashram campus was the place where Bihar Vidyapith, a national university inaugurated by Gandhiji, was shifted in its nascent phase. Gandhiji also stayed at Sadaqat Ashram.

Mazhar-ul-Haq, one of the founders of the Muslim League, supported Gandhiji frequently during the Champaran Satyagraha and non-cooperation movement of 1920-1921. He was the president of Swaraj Sabha of Bihar. Rajendra Prasad was the secretary and treasurer of the Sabha. Gandhiji appealed to people to help Swaraj Sabha with funds to open national schools as a part of the non-cooperation movement.

Establishment on December 11, 1920, agitated students of Bihar School of Engineering abandoned the school and took a procession to Mazhar-ul-Haq’s residence. He led them to an orchard at Digha on Patna-Danapur Road. Haq built a building and some sheds there with the help of enthusiastic students. Within a few days, the place was bubbling with educational and political activities. Haq, a staunch believer of Hindu-Muslim unity, named this place ‘Sadaqat Ashram’. (Sadaqat means truthfulness.) Many talented students joined the Ashram including Jayprakash Narayan.