Madhya Pradesh to restore Mahatma’s Tolstoy Farm
During his visit to South Africa, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan pledged to donate Rs. 1 crore for the restoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s Tolstoy Farm in the country, a place where he first began his Satyagraha. The place is now an abandoned area, south of Johannesburg, owned by a neighboring brick manufacturing company.
Mahatma Gandhi established the Tolstoy Farm near Johannesburg, South Africa in 1910. The farm drew its name from Leo Tolstoy, whose writings had influenced Gandhiji. The farm, spanned over an area of 1,100 acres, was donated by his architect friend Herman Kallenbach. The farm was a self-sufficient commune for people from diverse backgrounds, race and religion stayed together here to form a community of Passive Resisters. They adopted Gandhi’s principles of Satyagraha to fight the discriminatory, unjust and racist rule of the then South Africa.