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Mahatma Gandhi and Jamshedpur

By Abhyuday Vajpeyi

Mahatma Gandhi came to Jamshedpur for the first time in 1917 in order to go from Wardha (Maharashtra) to Champaran (Bihar), in which he stayed only a little during the journey. The second time Gandhiji visited was in 1925, in which he not only addressed the public meeting at the United Club, but also established the Tata Workers Union. For the third time in 1934, Gandhiji visited Jamshedpur with Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, in which he also visited Tata Steel. When Mahatma Gandhi came to Jamshedpur in 1925, the problem of Tata laborers deepened. There was a clash with the management. Gandhiji not only solved the problem of workers by talking to the company management, but also formed the Tata Workers Union. The management provided the quarters for the union office at Anan-Phanan, on Outer Circle Road in Bishtupur. Gandhiji laid the foundation of the Tata Workers Union (Labor Association) in the same quarter (H6-1) and also stayed for three hours and spoke to the workers.

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