MAHATMA GANDHI MEDIA AND RESEARCH SERVICE

Chronology of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi (Ghandi)

1937

1937

January

3

Henry Polak and Agatha  Harrison arrived.

1937

January

6

Gandhi left Segaon for  Poona to meet G.D. Madgavkar, Umpire in Ahmedabad Mill Industry Wage Dispute.

1937

January

7

Arrived in Poona. Had  discussions with Ahmedabad Mill-owners and labourers.

1937

January

8

discussions continued.

1937

January

9

Discussions continued.

1937

January

10

Gandhi attended  reception at Justice Madgavkar’s residence. Left Poona for Madras en route to  Trivandrum.

1937

January

11

Arrived in Madras.

1937

January

11

Left for Trivendrum.

1937

January

12

Arrived in Trivendrum.

1937

January

12

Addressed public  meeting, Trivandrum

1937

January

13

Trivandrum. Presided  over convocation of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha.

1937

January

13

Visited Padmanabha  temple.

1937

January

13

Addressed public  meeting.

1937

January

14

Addressed public  meeting on Trivandrum Proclamation at Neyattinkarai, Venganoor, Tecklai, Thiruvattar and  Nagercoil. Arrived in Cape Commorin.

1937

January

15

Left Cape Comorin.  Arrived in Trivandrum.

1937

January

16

Addressed public  meetings at Varakalla, Paripalli and Quilon advising people to fulfil spirit of Travancore  Proclamation.

1937

January

17

Addressed meeting at  Thatharampalli advising people to learn Hindi.

1937

January

17

Spoke at Haripad on  essence of Hinduism.

1937

January

18

Addressed public  meeting at Sherthalai and Vaikom. Gave interview to temple trustee, Vaikom. Visited  Thakzi.

1937

January

19

Addressed public  meeting at Etamanoor, Kumaranellor, Thiruvarppu, Kottayam.

1937

January

19

At Kottayam had  discussion with Bishop Moore, Bishop Abraham and others.

1937

January

20

Addressed public  meeting at Kottayam, Changanacheri, Thiruvalla, Chenganoor, Aranmulla, Elanthoor and  Pandalam.

1937

January

21

Kottarakarai. Threw  open private temple to Harijans. Addressed public meeting.

1937

January

21

Left for Madras.

1937

January

22

Arrived in Madras.  Spoke to students of Harijan Industrial School, Kodambakkam.

1937

January

22

Addressed prayer  meeting.

1937

January

22

Gave interview to an  Egyptian.

1937

January

23

Visited  cyclone-affected areas of Guntur, and Bezwada. Also collected funds for victims. Left for  Segaon.

1937

January

24

Arrived in Segaon.

1937

February

26

Jawaharlal Nehru and  other Congress Leaders arrived.

1937

February

28 - 28

Gandhi attended  Congress Working Committee meeting at Wardha.

1937

March

3

Had talk with an  Egyptian Deputation on Indo-Egyptian relations.

1937

March

15

Gandhi arrived in  Delhi.

1937

March

16

Attended A.I.C.C.  meeting, which passed resolution on office-acceptance.

1937

March

17

In Calcutta, Subhas  Chandra Bose was released from Prison.

1937

March

19 - 20

In Delhi, convention  of newly elected Congress members of Legislatures and other A.I.C.C. members was held to  take oath of national independence and allegiance to Indian people.

1937

March

On or Before 22

Gandhi gave interview  to leaders of Jamiat-ul-Ulema-I-Hind.

1937

March

22

Visited Industrial  Training School.

1937

March

22

Left for Segaon.

1937

March

25

Left for Madras,  accompanied by Kasturba, Manubehn Mashruwala, Kanu Gandhi (Junior), Mahadev Desai and  Pyarelal.

1937

March

26

In Madras, spoke at  Hindi Prachar Sabha Convocation.

1937

March

27 - 28

Spoke at Bharatiya  Sahitya Parishad.

1937

March

28

Interview to The  Hindu.

1937

March

30

In statement to the  press, Gandhi declared that British Government "had broken to the heart what it had  promised to the ear" by refusing to grant assurances required from Governors.

1937

March

30

Left for Segaon.

1937

March

31

Reached Segaon.

1937

April

8

Cabled to Agatha  Harrison that legal opinion supported demand for assurances and condemned existing  Ministries as illegal.

1937

April

10

In statement on  political impasse, suggested appointment of judicial tribunal to decide whether it was  competent for Governors to give assurances demanded by Congress.

1937

April

14

Left for Hudli.

1937

April

15

At Kalyan and Poona,  interview to Associate Press of India.

1937

April

16 - 17

At Hudli, Gandhi spoke  at Gandhi Seva Sangh meeting.

1937

April

18

Spoke to newly married  couples; gave advice to brahmcharis at thread ceremony.

1937

April

20

Spoke at Gandhi Seva  Sangh meeting.

1937

April

22

At Poona, en route to  Segaon, interview to The Hindu. In interview to the Press, Gandhi described Cochin  Maharaja’s order, which prohibited devotees from entering Cochin temples after their  visit to Travancore temples, as "unsurpassed in irreligiousnes

1937

April

23

Reached Segaon.

1937

April

25

Left for Allahabad to  attend Congress Working Committee meeting.

1937

April

25

At Nagpur, interview  to the press.

1937

April

26

At Allahabad,  interview to Associate Press of India.

1937

April

30

On the train,  interview to The Bombay Chronicle.

1937

May

1

Gandhi reached Segaon.

1937

May

9

Left for Tithal  (Bulsar).

1937

May

10

Reached Bardoli.

1937

May

11

Had discussion with  Congress workers on choice of Haripura as venue for Congress session.

1937

May

12

Reached Tithal.

1937

May

12

In statement to the  Press, observed that Congress demand was "perfectly constitutional and equally  honourable for both parties".

1937

May

15

Interview to Associate  Press of India on Bombay Governor’s speech.

1937

May

22

Gandhi addressed  teachers of Gujarat National schools.

1937

June

10

In interview to The  Times of India, said that Congress was awaiting a move from Government on  constitutional deadlock.

1937

June

10

Left for Segaon.

1937

June

11

Reached Wardha.

1937

June

12

At Segaon, spoke to  villagers.

1937

June

21

viceroy made  statement.

1937

June

22

Interview to Associate  Press of India.

1937

June

22

In letter to Lord  Lothian, Gandhi explained that he had no faith in the "possibility of the existing  Act to expand into an instrument of complete freedom" and that "the sooner it  was replaced by something of Indian design the better."

1937

July

6

Spoke at Congress  Working Committee meeting.

1937

July

7

Congress Working  Committee meeting resolved that "Congressmen be permitted to accept office where they  may be invited thereto".

1937

July

7

Gandhi spoke at  opening of Hindi Pracharaks’ Training School.

1937

July

8

Interview to The  Hindu.

1937

July

9

Gandhi had discussion  with Abul Kalam Azad on choice of Muslim Ministers in Provinces.

1937

July

9

Vallabhbhai Patel  issued statement on controversy between Nariman and himself.

1937

July

11

Gandhi attended  marriage of Madalasa and Shriman Narayan.

1937

July

17

Breaking his  self-imposed restriction, published in Harijan his article "Congress  Ministries".

1937

July

17

Congress Working  Committee stated in a resolution that fresh election would have been held had Vallabhbhai  Patel been found guilty of allegations levealled against him by Nariman.

1937

July

27

Gandhi wrote to  Viceroy accepting invitation to meet him in Delhi on August 4.

1937

August

1

Gandhi was at Segaon.

1937

August

3

Left for Delhi.

1937

August

4

Reached Delhi.

1937

August

4

Had interview with  Viceroy regarding question of lifting ban on Abdul Gaffar Khan’s entry into Frontier  Province.

1937

August

5

Reached Segaon.

1937

August

11

Had discussion with  D.K. Mehta and P.B. Gole.

1937

August

12

Discussion with D.K.  Mehta and P.B. Gole continued. In statement to Press repudiated Bombay Sentinel report on his interview with Viceroy.

1937

August

On or after 16

In telegram to  Rabindranath Tagore stated that he would do his utmost to end crisis arising from Andamans  prisoners’ hunger-strike.

1937

August

20

In statement to Press  on Nariman-Sardar controversy invited evidence from witness.

1937

August

Before 24

Sent message to  Travancore Women’s conference, Quilon.

1937

August

27

Through telegram  appealed to Andamans prisoners to abandon hunger-strike.

1937

August

29

All but seven Andamans  prisoners suspended hunger-strike.

1937

August

31

Releasing to Press his  correspondence with Andaman prisoners, Gandhi expressed hope that they would be discharged  unconditionally.

1937

September

1

Received news of  Chhotelal Jain’s suicide; paid tribute to him through Harijan.

1937

September

3

Sent telegram urging  Andamans political prisoners to give up hunger-strike.

1937

September

8

Telegraphed another  appeal to Andamans prisoners. Wrote to viceroy regarding Andamans prisoners.

1937

September

8

Sent message to  Tiruchengodu Taluk Political Conference.

1937

September

Before 11

Had discussion with  Ravishankar Shukla, Owen, De Silva and other educationists.

1937

September

11

In telegram urged  Andamans prisoners to "end national anxiety by suspending strike".

1937

September

Before 13

Gave interview to  William B. Benton.

1937

September

14

Telegraphed Nilratan  Sarkar to keep him informed about Rabindranath Tagore’s health.

1937

September

15

In statement to Press  appealed to Government for release of Andamans prisoners.

1937

September

15

Met Justice  Madgaonkar.

1937

September

Before 24

Sent message to  Karnataka Unification league, Belgaum.

1937

September

24

Andamans prisoners  suspended hunger-strike.

1937

September

25

Gandhi issued appeal  in Harijan for flood-relief in Orissa.

1937

October

1

Gandhi’s birthday  according to Vikaram calendar celebrated.

1937

October

2

On his 69th birthday Gandhi sent message to Friends of India Society, London.

1937

October

6

Acknowledged birthday  greetings through Press.

1937

October

14

D.N. Bahadurji visited  Segaon with his judgement on Nariman-Sardar case. Gandhi wrote concurring note on it.

1937

October

16

Issued statement to  Press on Nariman-Sardar case.

1937

October

17

In statement to Press  appealed to Andamans prisoners not to resort to hunger-strike.

1937

October

17

Paid tribute in Harijan to Manilal Kothari.

1937

October

22

At Wardha presided  over Educational Conference.

1937

October

22

Met Acharya P.C. Ray.

1937

October

Before 23

Sent message to Shop  Assistants’ Conference.

1937

October

23

Spoke at Educational  Conference.

1937

October

25

Left Segaon.

1937

October

26

Arrived in Calcutta in  morning.

1937

October

26

Attended Congress  Working Committee meeting in afternoon.

1937

October

26

Met Rabindranath  Tagore and discussed communal tension in Bengal.

1937

October

27

C.W.C. meeting  continued.

1937

October

27

Gandhi had discussion  with Bengal Premier and three of his ministers about release of detenus and Andamans  prisoners.

1937

October

28

Met N. R. Sarkar.

1937

October

28

C.W.C. issued  statement on "Vandemataram".

1937

October

29

Gandhi gave interview  to deputation of political sufferers from Bengal and Punjab.

1937

October

30

Met Andamans prisoners  in Alipore Central Jail.

1937

November

1

Issued statement to  Press on negotiations for release of Andamans prisoners.

1937

November

1

On medical advice  cancelled departure for Wardha.

1937

November

2

C.W.C. passed  resolution on Nariman-Sardar case and released it to Press.

1937

November

4

Gandhi postponed  Frontier tour and informed Abdul Gaffar Khan through telegram.

1937

November

7

Had discussions with  ex-detenus in evening.

1937

November

9

Had interview with  Governor at Barrackpore in afternoon.

1937

November

9

Gave statement to  Press.

1937

November

11

Met N.R. Sarkar in  morning.

1937

November

12

Met interness from  Deoli in Presidency Jail.

1937

November

16

Had discussion with  Fazlul Huq, Khwaja Nazimuddin, B.P. Singh Roy, Nawab Habibullah of Dacca, H.S. Suhrawardy  and N.R. Sarkar in afternoon.

1937

November

17

Met Sir George  Campbell and Arthur Moore in morning.

1937

November

17

Continued discussion  with Khwaja Nazimuddin, N.R. Sarkar and B.P. Singh Roy.

1937

November

17

Left Calcutta at 12.50  p.m.

1937

November

17

Reached Kharagpur at 4  p.m.

1937

November

17

At 5 p.m. visited  Hijli Detention Camp.

1937

November

17

In interview to  ‘United Press’ declined to comment on his negotiations with Bengal Government.

1937

November

18

Arrived in Wardha in  evening.

1937

November

21

Issued statement to  Press on Bengal Government’s communique.

1937

November

27

Wrote foreword to Acharya  Kripalanina Lekho.

1937

December

6

Left Segaon for Bombay  on medical advice.

1937

December

7

Reached Bombay; stay  at Juhu.

1937

December

14

Met Aga Khan and his  son.

1937

December

21

Met Maharaja of Rewa.