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The first Satyagraha against the British

Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh

August 11, 2021

Born in 1889, Babu Chotelal Shrivastava was a freedom fighter from Dhamtari,Chhattisgarh.A follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he organized the Kandel Nahar Satyagraha agitation, a rebellion against the Britishers who had imposed too many taxes on farmers and perpetrated cruelty to recover the levy.

With the agitation gaining momentum, Mahatma Gandhi visited Kandel in 1920. The Kandel Nahar Satyagraha was the first non-cooperation movement. During his visit, Gandhi praised the leadership and active role of Babu Chotelal Shrivastava in the freedom struggle. Gandhiji had also proclaimed that this was the first Satyagraha in the fight against British rule.

In honour of the participation of Shrivastava in the Indian Freedom struggle, and to pay him a true homage, the district administration of Dhamtari has created a short film that can be viewed here