Mohanlal Pandya was an Indian freedom fighter, social reformer and one of the earliest followers of Mahatma Gandhi. Along with fellow Gandhians like Narhari Parikh and Ravi Shankar Vyas, Pandya was a key organizer of nationalist revolts in Gujarat, and a leading figure in the fight against alcoholism, illiteracy, untouchability, and a major proponent of women's freedoms and Gandhian values.[citation needed]

In 1909, Pandya threw a bomb on Viceroy Minto and his wife, in Ahmedabad. The Mintos escaped unhurt.[1]

Pandya was a close associate of both Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during the Indian Independence Movement.[citation needed]

Mohanlal Pandya was nicknamed as "Onion Thief" ("Dungli Chor") by Gandhi because he had harvested onion from the land which was taken away by the British Government.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "The city that Ahmed built: Which version of Ahmedabad are we prepared to preserve?". The Indian Express. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  2. ^ "The Onion Thief | Gandhi Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth". Retrieved 30 June 2021.