We are very excited and happy to post the history of some of the greatest people of Tankaria and the village itself. It has been said that history is made up of events and the events are attached to people. So, ultimately, it’s the people who make up the most part of the history. This is very true in the case of our village Tankaria and its people: “Tankarvis”. Why do we take pride in calling ourselves Tankarvis? Why do we get respect and a distinct identity over others? Why does Tankaria always lead others in most areas of development? We were the first in the Bharuch rural area to have a high school, first to have an English medium school and also the first to have our Mustafabad I.T.I. (Industrial Training Institute), creating paths for others to follow.
Actually, the foundation was laid by our forefathers hundreds of years ago. Their efforts are now paying back to their future generations. Our great grandfathers had the promise and vision for themselves, for their future generations and for the village … and firm determination to live up to those promises given to their ancestors and dreams seen by themselves. They were rebels to some and idols for others. They wanted to do something different and wanted to create a path for others to walk, not to walk on a path created by the others. They frequently came up with ideas to do something noble for the village … something that has an ever lasting impression in the development of Tankaria. And, our ancestors successfully did it … they left a great and proud mark on the history of Tankaria.
Meet these people in the words of Ibrahim Dadabhai “Bekar”, a well-respected name in Gujarati literature. He compiled his Patel Directory in 1955 and wrote about the people who contributed most to Tankaria. The list decorates the good work of some of the heroes of Tankaria.
We believe that every Tankarvi is an unsung hero. Everyone has left and will leave their mark on the history of our village.
In this part, we are compiling an extensive database on the history of Tankaria. This work is enormous and may take many months to complete, but it is a due that we have to pay to our beloved forefathers and fellow villagers.
History of Mustafabad Tankaria – Extensive research from print media and stories of elders – Edited by Nasirhusen Ahmed Lotiya and Mustak Suleman Daula
History of Tankaria – Another Perspective – Narrated by the late Ahmed Munshi
History Revisited – photo album by Iqbal Bhutawala
My Village, My Story – Gujarati article by the famous writer Aziz Tankarvi