ONCE A MAJOR port on the Arabian Sea, Porbandar is today famous as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace. The house where Gandhi was born in 1869 still stands in a small alley, in the western Bart of the city. Next door is the Kirti Mandir Museum with photographs from the Mahatma’s life, and extracts from his speeches and writings. The city has little else to attract visitors and in recent years it has gained the dubious distinction of housing local mafia dons. Interestingly, large sections of Gujarat’s diaspora population, particularly the emigrants to Africa, originated from this district.