This is a unique and simple story that changed the course of Indian Independenc movement. No destruction, no chaos, just a peaceful protest for a cause.
Though it is impossible to summarize it in a few words…
‘On March 12, 1930, Gandhi along with the protesters set out, on foot, for the coastal village of Dandi some 240 miles from their starting point in Sabarmati, to protest against salt-tax.
He issued a warning before he began: “Those who fear the government can leave, only those who are prepared for jail going and receiving bullets should follow me tomorrow morning.”
The procession was at least two miles in length.
On April 6th he picked up a lump of mud and salt (some say just a pinch, some say just a grain) and boiled it in seawater to make the commodity which no Indian could legally produce–SALT.
He implored his thousands of followers to begin to make salt wherever, along the seashore, “was most convenient and comfortable” to them.
There was also simultaneous boycotts of imported cloth and asked to wear khaddar.
The effects of the salt march were felt across India. Thousands of people made salt, or bought illegal salt.
Gandhi was later arrested.
This incident is considered to be the apex of Gandhi’s political appeal, as the march mobilized many new follwers from all of Indian society and the march came to the world’s attention.’
Today is the 82nd Anniversary of the Dandi Salt March.
The original footage of the March ( Courtesy Geetali Taare)