Private cover commemorating the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s first Ashram in India - "Kochrab Ashram".
The first ashram that Mahatma Gandhi set up after returning from South Africa, in India was housed at the bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, who was a barrister by profession and a friend of Mahatma Gandhi. This ashram was built at Kochrab, near Paldi, a modest village near Ahmedabad, on 25th May, in 1915. There were twenty five inmates at the ashram. The bungalow was gifted by Barrister Jivanlal Desai to Gandhiji. However, as Kochrab Ashram became infested with plague after two years, Gandhi had to relocate his ashram.
25th May has already passed but the Postal department has failed to do any activity to celebrate 100 years of Satyagraha Ashram or Kocharab Ashram, the first Ashram of Gandhiji in India. It is a pity, that the centenary of Kocharab Ashram is not celebrated by the Postal Department. If the Postal department thinks to celebrate now, it can celebrate on 17th June 2015 when Sabarmati Ashram, second Ashram of Gandhiji will be completing 98 years on 17th June, 2015.