Who was Anasuya Sarabhai, Why Google Doodle and Top 5 Unknown Facts!
RTIwala Team will tell you about Who was Anasuya Sarabhai, Why Google Doodle and everything you should know about her as Top 5 Unknown Facts! As we all know that Google used to celebrate the birth and death anniversary of people, places and things by dedicating an artistic doodle for them. This time to Google India has celebrated the death anniversary of Anasuya Sarabhai.
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Who was Anasuya Sarabhai?
Anasuya Sarabhai was Indian Women & Labour Right Activist, she was born on November 11, 1885, to a Jain industrialist’s family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She went to England for higher studies where she was influenced by the Fabian Society and new ideas concerning equality and became involved in the Suffragette struggle.
She came back to India and started working for unprivileged Children by opening schools for them. Anasuya took up the task to change the situation. In the year 1914 when the epidemic hit Ahmedabad, the condition of the mill workers deteriorated further and they approached Anasuya Sarabhai to take up their cause. She gave an ultimatum to the mill owners and even went against her brother, Ambalal, who was the then-president of the Mill Owners’ Association, demanding better wages and working ambience for the labourers. Her endeavour was successful and the trade union movement in India took its baby steps.
Anasuya Sarabhai was called Motaben, Gujarati for “elder sister”. She mentored Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India. Sarabhai died in 1972.
Top 5 Unknown Facts about Anasuya Sarabhai
- Her parents died when she at a tender age of 9 and she was married at the age of 13.
- She went to England to study medical science but then switched to the London School of Economics as the animal dissection involved in obtaining a medical degree, was in violation of her Jain beliefs.
- Her protest with mill workers helped them in altering the 36 hours non-break work rule which was one her Anasuya Sarabhai’s major achievement.
- 1000s of workers participated in the protest against mill workers, laying the foundation for Gujarat’s oldest labour union, Majoor Mahajan Sangh (Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association or TLA), that was established on February 25, 1920.
- She was supported by Mahatma Gandhi to set up Gujarat’s oldest labour union, which later paved the way for the founding of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA).
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