Historical background :
Gujarati community holds a pride of place in the development of the nation. From the beginning, it has been an enterprising, venturesome and peace-loving community. Gujarati people were successful in establishing trade links with far away countries like South Africa and the U.S. some five centuries ago. Many Gujarati families permanently settled in Africa, the U.S. and other European countries and became a part and parcel of the local population. They were deeply involved in the economic and industrial development of these countries. The community is well known for fair business practices and has brought immense repute to the Indian trading world.
A small fraction of Gujarati community, especially Gujarati Jains, settled in and around Balapur and Burhanpur during the Mughal-Nizam regime. In 1890, a few Gujarati families settled in Akola which, then, hardly had a population of about 10,000. During the British rule, Akola was connected with other parts of the nation via rail and road and due to its rich, fertile black soil, business flourished immensely. With the growth of business, the Gujarati community also spread at other places like Amravati, Yavatmal, Nagpur, Raipur, upto Calcutta.