At 75, Valjibhai Patel is still active in his not so attractive office of Council for Social Justice. From this office he has filed some historical writ petitions in Gujarat High Court. Some people, quite innocently, call him ‘advocate.’ This man with LLB degree and without any 'sanad' has done something extra-ordinary even a person with black robe might not achieve.
But, before scrolling legal mouse, Valjibhai was an ardent journalist with irrevocable commitment and discreet insight. He narrated, sometimes as an impartial historian or sometimes as a concerned citizen, everything from anti-reservation riots of 1981 to state-sponsored genocide of 2002. In his magazine, ‘Dalit-Mitra’, he gave bit by bit account on how Sangh Parivar spread its poisonous tentacles in Gujarat, how Gujarati news papers started its vicious propaganda first, against Dalits and then against Muslims and how the so-called intelligentsia became, first, silent and then vocal supporter of Hindu communalism. All these articles have been published in a book ‘Karmashilni Kalame’ (from the pen of an activist) edited by Chandu Maheriya.
Today, when secularism has become a commodity for secularists and a punching bag for fundamentalist, Valjibhai’s book gives penetrating analysis and useful insight in the real Gujarat.