18 Facts About Abbas Tyabji


Abbas Tyabji was an Indian freedom fighter from Gujarat, and an associate of Mahatma Gandhi.


Abbas Tyabji served as the Chief Justice of Baroda State.


Abbas Tyabji was born to a Sulaimani Bohra Arab family of Cambay in Gujarat.


Abbas Tyabji was the son of Shamsuddin Tyabji and grandson of Mullah Tyab Ali, a merchant.


Abbas Tyabji was born in Baroda State, where his father was in the service of the Gaekwad Maharaja.


Abbas Tyabji was educated in England, where he lived for eleven years.


Abbas Tyabji raised his children in a westernized manner, sending his children to England for higher education, and in time, he rose in the judiciary to become Chief Justice of the High Court of Baroda State and retired.

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Abbas Tyabji was an early proponent of women's rights, supporting women's education and social reform.


Abbas Tyabji broke with the prevailing custom of the times by disregarding purdah restrictions and sending his daughters to school.


Abbas Tyabji attended, along with Mahatma Gandhi, the Social Conference held at Godhra in 1917.


Abbas Tyabji traveled around the country in third-class railway carriages, staying in simple dharamsalas and ashrams, sleeping on the ground and walking miles preaching non-violent disobedience against the British Indian government.


Abbas Tyabji continued this new lifestyle well past the age of seventy, including several years in British jails.


On 4 May 1930, after the Salt March to Dandi, Gandhi was arrested and Abbas Tyabji placed in charge of the next phase of the Salt Satyagraha, a raid on the Dharasana Salt Works in Gujarat.


On 7 May 1930 Abbas Tyabji launched the Dharasana Satyagraha, addressing a meeting of the satyagrahis, and beginning the march with Gandhi's wife Kasturba at his side.


Abbas Tyabji was arrested soon afterward and imprisoned by the British Indian Government.


Abbas Tyabji was a servant of India because he was a servant of humanity.


Abbas Tyabji believed that God was to be found in the humblest cottages and among the depressed of the earth.


Abbas Tyabji Mian is not dead, though his body rests in the grave.