Nautamlal Mehta

British Goods Boycott, Great Gandhian Non-Violent Protest and Resistance From Nautamlal B Mehta of Jetpur to The British in the most challenging time in 1930.

This May be the Only website in the World where you will see More Documents, Proof, and evidence, Very Little or NO subjective or creative writing because Our documents speak for themselves.

Important: You will see all envelopes and letters have our own address and family member’s name. However, you will see a weird stamp on every letter or envelope with “M.K Philanums. Rajkot:” These people stole our Gndhain documents from my Old and hard-of-hearing uncles in late 1960. finally, they tried to sell on ebay around 2000. ebay informed us, but we could not trace them. ebay banned them, and the only benefit was that we could get copies from Ebay of our stolen Important Indian Independence Documents; here, we Proudly present historical details.

Note: We could have Hired a Book writer, a film Producer, or a journalist very comfortably to make more Drama with lots of publicity. But it is not in our background. And Never needed because our every document speaks for itself with a few lines. It is a matter of your sense, your logic. And Judgment. I don’t want our golden truth to be polluted.

By Niranjan Mehta ( Grandson of Nautalmlal Bhagawanji Mehta)

The British goods boycott was A Dedicated effort with the courage to lose everything for Nationalism and free India. By Nautamlal B Mehtana of Jetpur only through the “Gandhian way.”

How did Nautamlal Mehtas stand out differently from other big Gandhian Supporting Businessmen? Those prominent businessmen were Helping freedom, Supporting their corporate system-based businesses, and using funding from pub stockholders or Banks. ( Sure, their infrastructure depended on it.)

Whereas Dr. P.J Mehta and Nautamlal Mehta, and many like them, use their own money and burn their own home to fuel their Nationalism and free India. By early 1940, both from a group of pioneers of Freedom in India almost became homeless ( I will not write more here due to personal matters)
compare the result of others’, whose more calculated sacrifice for the freedom of India gave them massive corporations in a New free India.

Whereas the core Indian engine of freedom of India was turned into ashes without anyone ever caring to notice. Nautamlal, P.J. Mehta, and thousands of others like them were burned out without getting any significance, credit, or importance.

How Nautamlal Mehta fought British Indian Postal ( British) propagation. Page ” Boycott of British goods,” the result was not good.
They Paid a very high price for this act and opposed British interests.

Below, 18 letters and envelopes were our property, and all addresses and letter writers are Nautamlalal B Mehta’s children. However, these envelopes with notes are old coin collections. Some of those were stolen from my uncle Moolshankar Mehta’s home in “Vora Wad” Wankaner” In early 1970; later, around the year 2000, I alerted eBay to any items coming on auction under the name” Gandhi, Kamdar, Jetpur, or Mahatma t”o warn me. One day, around 2006, eBay alerted me of this auction of the letters below. I objected to stopping the auction. eBay did stop, and we tried to reach the seller of this auction in Rajkot, but we could not track them down. However, eBay gave us copies of the stolen letters you see here. Sure, it has some of their logos on our stolen property, “plenums Rajkot, India.” We thank eBay for their help in protecting historical documents. And for giving us Indian National Historical Evidence.

How did Nautamlal Bhagawanji Pedhi start Losing Business?

He Never compromised. At the same time, it follows the Mahatma Gandhian way. All Maharajas and other traders were pro-British. They stopped doing Business with us. PLEASE BRITISH.
Local Rulers were even worse than the British. Knowing Nautamlal has no help from the distant town of Jetpur. They started diverting water from Our farms. Take away crops at night, grab extensive Nautamlal lands, and do nothing but Mafia Giri. Knowing that Nautamlal is NOT pro-British…At night, they used to throw Molotov cocktails at our home to please the British. We had to bring our own 10–12 “Ch” us” A” ( Chaus) security Guards from Saudi Arabia to Protect us. It wasn’t easy. Even Mahatma Gandhi had to give up his protest in Rajkot from Rajkot state. Read the below link

https://upscwithnikhil.com/index.php/article/history/political-integration-of-rajkot

My Grandfather Never acted or lived with a vested interest, nor did my father and his brother. Their Nationalism is so deep in them that nothing has shaken them. With every destruction, they become more reliable for Mother India. FOR THEM, IT WAS NOT SACRIFICE, DEDICATION, OR NATIONALISM. BUT FOR THEM, IS IT THEIR LIFE AND BREATH?

Scroll down to read the most potent and unique symbols of the Gandhian Moment of Boycotting British goods.

These letters are unique because the action was from one of the most powerful & oldest (400 years) business houses in western India named Nautamlal B Mehta of Jetpur; especially at that time, almost all Maharajas were Pro British, another group of businessmen was with a vested interest, one group was with the spirit of Nationalism as long as it does not hurt them financially. At that time, Nautamlal B Mehta and his family gave up everything for national pride and Freedom from the British to support Gandhian Moment and value through Tan, Man, and Dhan. ( through the body, through the mind, and .oney)

India 1930s BOYCOTT BRITISH GOODS Rare History GANDHI.

India 1930s BOYCOTT BRITISH GOODS Rare History freedom of India and Gandhian mindset.

Spirit Gandhian’s nonviolent way of life was noticed in Mahatma Gandhi’s “Boycott British Goods” movement. This small collection of three covers, five letters, and Boycott British Goods hand stamps and labels. These letters are written by Shri Nautamlal Bhagwanji Mehta (Kamdar) and his family members. Shri Nautamlal B. Mehta was a prominent freedom fighter and supporter of Mahatma Gandhi. He was the first to use and bestow the title “MAHATMA” for Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Shri Nautamlal Mehta presented a commemoration certificate to Gandhiji and used the title Mahatma for Gandhiji on that certificate. The certificate was presented to Mahatma Gandhi at Kamri Bai School of Jetpur on January 21, 1915. From then on, Gandhiji was known as Mahatma Gandhi.

At that time, the Shri Nautamlal Bhagwanji Mehta family was a prominent trader and threading agent in the Western States of India for European and North American products and services for over 400 years. When this family was involved in the Gandhian movement, they became against using British products. Here, you can see the use of Boycott British Goods slogans in the correspondence of this family to promote the Boycott activity of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shri Nautamlal Mehta had three sons, namely, 1. Shri Manilal Nautamlal Mehta, 2. Shri Mulshankar Nautamlal Mehta and 3. Shri Vrajlal Nautamlal Mehta also known as Vajubhai. Shri Mulshankar and Shri Vrajlal were closely involved with the Gandhian freedom movement. Both never married for this cause. Shri Mulshankar took the pain in Dandi March with Gandhiji. Their activities always hovered on the Path of Mahatma Gandhi’s Nationalism and freedom of India.

All my family members were very Independent, and it was too difficult to work under anyone. Once they discovered the Great Value of Mahatma Gandhi’s way of freedom, they didn’t need any instruction or group. They worked Independently with a Gandhian mindset. Every moment.ETERNALLY.

Item 1, cover and the letter inside it. ‘BOYCOTT BRITISH GOODS” single line hand stamp in blackish violet. This cover contains a letter of Shri Mulshankar Nautamlal Mehta written on July 20, 1930, from Satyagraha Chhavani (Gandhian Freedom Fighters’ Center) at Vile Parle, Bombay, addressed to his brother Shri Vrajlal Nautamlal Mehta, Jetpur. The cover was addressed to Shri Nautamlal Bhagwanji Mehta, Jetpur, with a delivery postmark on the back reading “JETPUR / DELY / 21 JUL 31 / 8.30 A.M.”.

Below is the letter inside the above cover.

Below is the translation of the critical matter of the above letter:

Note written above the salutation: “I hope that you have received the twenty or maybe thirty Patrika (booklets related to freedom movement) which Respected Uncle (may be Shri Chamanlal Bhagwanji Mehta? Younger brother of Shri Nautamlal B. Mehta) sent together four or five days ago. You must have kept the Free Press Journal file.”
2nd and 3rd Paragraph: “I knew that you purchased a book titled “Limbdi maa Police raj” (Torcher by Police in Limbdi). But if any book like this is available with Dave and Vyas (Booksellers). Tell Kantibhai from Dave and Vyas to inform you if such a book arrives.”

“Did Thakkar bapa (Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar — also known as ‘Thakkar bapa’, a prominent Gandhian and an Indian social worker who worked for the upliftment of tribal people in Gujarat state in India) visit there?”

“The same Patrika (booklet) is sent herewith. If you read these booklets regularly, I will send them daily. Otherwise, I will keep those here. Do let me know whether you read these booklets or not. Do you still spin the spinning wheel?”.

ITEM2: KG V ONE ANNA Postal Stationery cover tied by single line violet rubber stamp in Gujarati — “BRITISH MALNO BAHISHKAR KARO” (Boycott British Goods). Cover addressed to Shri Vrajlal Nautamlal Mehta, Jetpur. The cover is sent by Shri Nautamlal Bhagwanji Mehta from Bombay. Cover tied by double circle SHROFF MAHAJAN / 31 JUL 30 / BOMBAY cancellation. Partial delivery cancellation of Jetpur, August 2, 1930, is tied on the back of the cover. No letter on the cover.

Item 3: A letter (no envelope) from Shri Nautamlal Bhagwanji Mehta (Kamdar) to his youngest son, Shri Vrajlal, written from Bombay on August 7, 1930.

Below is the translation of the critical matter of the above letter:
2nd Page, 2nd Paragraph: “You have asked to bring the rubber stamp (of Boycott British Goods), but the Post Office has made a new rule that the covers and the postcards bearing such Boycott British Goods rubber stamps will be destroyed from August 9 1930 hence it can not be used on postcards and covers. However, you can apply this rubber stamp on the letter you send in an envelope. So, if you let me know that you want it for this purpose, I shall bring the rubber stamp for you.”

3rd Page, 1st Paragraph: “I have bought for you 21 medals depicting photographs of different freedom fighters. I will arrange to send with somebody.”

4th Page, 1st Paragraph: “The case verdict on Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel and others have come. Pandit (Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru), Malaviya (Madan Mohan Malaviya), and the other four were sentenced to a fine of Rs.100. If they pay the fine, then they will have to bear 15 days of ordinary imprisonment. Ordinary imprisonment of 3 months is sentenced to Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel and rest.”

5th Page, Last Paragraph more like Postscript: “Now onwards do not use the Boycott British Goods rubber stamp and labels on the covers and postcards.”

Item 4: A cover containing two letters. KG V ONE ANNA postal stationery cover addressed in Gujarati to Nautamlal Bhagwanji, C/O Shah Kantilal Manilal’s Shop, Vitthaldas Road, Princess Street, Kalbadevi, P.O. Box 2024, Bombay and posted from Jetpur, tied by JETPUR / 11 AUG. 30 cancellation. Delivery postmark of KALBADEVI BOMBAY NO. 2 / 12 AUG 30 / WINDOW on back.

This cover contains two handwritten letters addressed to Shri Nautamlal Bhagwanji Mehta (Kamdar). One is written by Shri Vanita (daughter of Nautamlal B. Mehta) and the other is written by Shri Vrajlal. Both the letters are written on 10/08/1930.

Below is the letter written by Shri Vanita:

It is just a simple letter from a daughter to her father — typical family correspondence. Affixed with the Boycott British Goods propaganda label depicting Jawaharlal Nehru with slogan in Gujarati BOYCOTT BRITISH GOODS, very scarce label. Message to her uncle (Shri Chamanlal? Younger brother of Shri Nautamlal B. Mehta) is written on back, typical family correspondence.

Below is the letter from Shri Vrajlal:

Translation of the important matter written in the above letter is as under:

Second Paragraph, 1st page: “However, the post office has made a law (that the articles bearing labels and rubber stamp impressions of Boycott British Goods will be destroyed from 09/08/1930). I want a rubber stamp to keep in the file; hence, bring it for me.” — This is about Shri Nautamlal B. Mehta’s letter dated 07/08/1930. This letter of Shri Nautamlal Mehta is also offered herewith; kindly refer to the description of item number 3.

2nd and 3rd Paragraph, Back side of the first page: “To boycott the arrest of Sardar (Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel) and Malaviya (Shri Madan Mohan Malaviya,) we arranged for a strike here in our High Schoo. l”

“The headmaster (Principal) of the High School asked to give written apology letters to three persons — 1. Jayantilal, Son of Dalal Kapurchandbhai, 2. Jayantilal, Son of Chatrabhuj Kamdar and 3. Ratilal Dave. Dalal and Jayantilal gave a written apology, but Ratilal refused. He was rusticated and will now join the ‘Satyagraha’ activity (Gandhian activity for freedom)”.

1st Paragraph, 2nd Page: “As a good luck, our class gave Ratilal a ‘Takli’ made of Silver (spindle used for cotton spinning) and a ‘Pandani’ (Box to keep the leaves) made of German Silve.r.”

2nd Paragraph, 2nd Page: “Here we have made an organization,n and three persons from each class keep a record of how many join the strike.”

At the end of the letter, a Boycott British Goods propaganda label was affixed depicting Jawaharlal Nehru with the slogan in Gujarati BOYCOTT BRITISH GOODS.

Item 5: A letter (no envelope) from Shri Vanita to her father Shri Nautamlal B. Mehta (Kamdar), written from Jetpur on 26th August 1930. Letter tied by a round blackish violet rubber stamp with propaganda slogan in Gujarati “BRITISH / MAL NO / BAHISHKAR / KARO” (Boycott British Goods) in four lines and a propaganda label depicting Jawaharlal Nehru with slogan in Gujarati BOYCOTT BRITISH GOODS at the bottom of the letter.

At one place Shri Vanita writes in this letter to her father that Bapu and Baa were going to come to meet but haven’t yet come. Here ‘Bapu’ and ‘Baa’ could be Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. A short letter. Below is the image of this letter:

Director General of Indian Posts and Telegraphs prohibited the use of Boycott Propaganda Labels and hand stamps from August 9th, 1930 vide a postal notice published in Indian Gazette.

Boycott British Goods activity, Indian Independence Movement,t, and Mahatma Gandhi:

“Boycott British Goods” was the slogan of the ‘Swadeshi’ movement, part of the Indian independence movement. It was a successful economic strategy to remove the British Empire from power and improve economic conditions in India by following the principles of swadeshi (self-sufficiency). The strategy of the Swadeshi movement involved boycotting British products and the revival of domestic-made products and production techniques.

The below pages from a book were written underground during the British time in 1930/ how. “Mahajan” means jain-Bania business peoples were Harrashed by local rulers ( Raja-Maharajs ) as a pro the British.

In the above letter, Mahatma Gandhi wrote to Gondal Maharaj Bhagat Sihji requesting that he stop harassing freedom fighters.

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