Monday, June 13, 2011

Ahmedabad - Meri Jaan

[1]Ahmedabad (Gujarati: અમદાવાદ) is the largest city in Gujarat, India. It is the seventh largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India, with a city population of approximately 3.96 million and metropolitan population of 5.56 million.

[2] Ahmedabad is the fastest growing city of India, and ranked third as the fastest growing city worldwide.

[3] It is located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, 32 km from the state capital Gandhinagar. The city is the administrative center of Ahmedabad district and was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970; the capital was shifted to Gandhinagar thereafter. In the middle of 1990s it was the fifth largest city in India. In colloquial Gujarati, the city is commonly called Amdavad.

[4]Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the capital of the Gujarat Sultanate, and was named after him. Under the British rule, a military cantonment was established and the city infrastructure was modernized and expanded. Though incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during British rule.

[5]Ahmedabad remained the most important city in the Gujarat region. The city established itself as the home of a booming textile industry, which earned it the nickname the "Manchester of the East."

[6]The city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century.[8] It was the center of many campaigns of civil disobedience to promote workers' rights, civil rights, and political independence.

[7]With the creation of the state of Gujarat in 1960, Ahmedabad gained prominence as commercial capital of the state. The city is witnessing a major construction boom and population increase. A rising center of education, information technology and scientific industries, Ahmedabad remains the cultural and commercial heart of Gujarat and much of western India.