Revolution in Kutch and Rule of twelve brothers
Without going into the history of this revolution, let us go into the details of the common man of Kutch, the rulers of Kutch and the brethren of Kutch who have in the face of struggle united together to show their integrity.
In this time of difficult decision making in the year 1786 the army and that also the own army of Kutch took the ruler in its custody. The out of control religious blindness and violence of Rao Raydhan was curtailed by the steps initiated and taken by Anjar’s Meghji Sheth. Jamadar Dosalven and Jamadar Fateh mohamad who showed their pure integrity and loyalty to secularism were responsible for this bloodless coup. In the society of Kutch, secularism, non-violence and democracy are the key words and the people of Kutch believe in this tradition. The ideal examples are the army leader Fateh Mohamad Notiyar and his many companions. This was the time when, for a while Meghji Sheth in his mind in the year 1845 had the concept of the twelve brothers. The twelve brothers was a congregation of power. In this 3 members of the brothers, 3 Mahajans, 3 Muslims, 1 Miyana’s, 1 of Gara sadar, 1 of the army and like this there were thirteen members. This twelve brother concept shows the time frame of the particular period and was the witness of an ascending power situation and its formation shows the equation of numbers and its knowledge among the people of Kutch.
Secular army leader Fatehmohamad
Of this period of Kutch’s revolution, Kutch character and the reality of Kutch is the true representative Jamadar Fateh Mohamad ! This illiterate Notiyar muslim has surprisingly shown political expertise, foreign relations, army settlement and management on many occasions calls for a special mention of this different personality ! Kutch’s Yaduvanshi rulers were brought together without much struggle, much bloodshed, and violence which seemed an impossible task’ Besides all this, this army leader Fateh Mohamad has kept the Kutch rulers united. There was another person in the same period by the name of Sunderji, the merchant, who belonged to the village of Gundiali in Kutch.
He supplied horses and ammunitions, cash, money and equipment to the Peshwas, Gaikwads, British and Nawabs. He arranged for pilgrimage to Badrivishal and Kedarnath. In the history of Kutch people like Fateh Mohamad, Sunderji Saudagar, Jagdusha Datar makes eyes sparkle. Service to humanity and the seekers of power are people like Mekan Dada, Kutch’s industrial fore father Ramsinh Malam and such people have in this period of 150 years shined in their own way.
The rising of the Swaminarayan Sect
The Swaminarayan sect starts with the ascendance of Swami Sahajanand. Kutch’s foremost army leader Fatehmohamad descended from his horse and touched the feet of Swami Sahajanand. His influence in Kutch Saurashtra and Gujrat and initially the Vaishnav thought process has now reached the entire globe. In Kutch this sect has made a difference in its social, economical and spiritual and other fields and taught them the glory of labor, valor, and the power of Shree and gave them a special life concept.