In 1939, during the Satyagraha in Rajkot, Ba was interned in a small village nearby, just before Bapu was arrested. The atmosphere and climate there were far from satisfactory. This affected her health so badly that in keeping her so far away, there was great risk to her life. Though she never complained of her suffering to any one, not even to Bapu, the public somehow got the scent of it, and, consequently, they agitated for her being shifted to some other place. At last the State Government shifted Ba to another village, about 10 to 15 miles off Rajkot. Along with her at the time there were Manibehn Patel and Mridulabehn Sarabhai. Even here, however, Ba did not keep well. But she never cared for herself, all the time being concerned about Bapu's health and the well-being of Ramadas- bhai's son, Kahana.
Now once Bapu visited Ba in her internment. He found her looking extremely weak and
pale, even though the Government had provided her with various kinds of comforts
and conveniences. But the fact of the matter was that she was feeling keenly her
separation from Bapu.
Then, all of a sudden, Bapu entered on a fast. This was a great shock to Ba and others. So
she said to Sushilabehn, who had conveyed the disturbing news to her, "You
should have at least told me betimes that Bapu was contemplating a fast."
Sushilabehn answered, "But, Ba, none of us had any previous inkling of what was
Presently, Ba called the maid, who cooked food for her, and told her that during
the period of Bapu's fast she would have only fruit and that, too, only once
during the day. It may be stated here that this was her usual practice whenever
Bapu went on a fast.
Now two or three days after the fast had begun, Ba came one day and stood before Bapu!
Whereupon Bapu asked her, "How have you come up here?"
Ba replied that the Government had told her that if she wished to see Bapu, she
However, when till nightfall nobody came there to take back Ba to her place of
internment, presumably, because the Government thought of setting her free in
this way—Bapu said, "If the Government wishes to release you, then they should
release Manibehn and Mridulabehn and others as well, and also in a proper
After waiting in vain for an escort till 1 a.m., Bapu sent Ba back. Then someone told
him that at that late hour the road would be closed. Further, nobody would let
her in without a pass, and so they might even stop her on the way. "If they do
this," Bapu said to Ba, "then offer Satyagraha and lie down on the road, even if
you have to be there the whole night."
Thereupon Ba went away, though she did not at all like to leave Bapu alone. However, no
one stopped her on the way and she reached her place of internment.
Subsequently, in compliance with Bapu's letter, the Government set Ba and others
free in the proper manner. Ba at once went back to Bapu and engaged herself in
his service, absolutely unmindful of her own needs.