Dandi March-A Milestone in the Indian Independence Events

Mahatma Gandhi, a pivotal personality of the twentieth century who shaped India’s history up to its independence in 1947. This period comprised of a great many smaller political movements and protesting events that required bringing together the Indian people, unifying them under the common goal of an independent nation. Among all such events that made this independence possible, perhaps the more significant is Gandhi’s Salt March (Dandi March).

Dandi March, which took place from March to April 1930 in India, was an act of civil disobedience to protest British rule in India. It was set out by Mohandas Gandhi from his ashram at Sabarmati near Ahmedabad with several dozen followers on trek of some 240 miles to the coastal town of Dandi on the Arabian Sea. There, Gandhi and his supporters were to confront British policy by making salt from seawater. All along the journey, Gandhi addressed large crowds and with each passing day an increasing number of people joined the salt Satyagraha. The time they reached Dandi on April 5, Gandhi was at the head of a crowd. He spoke, led prayers and early the next morning walked down to the sea to make salt.

Gandhi had planned to work the salt flats on the beach, coated with crystallized sea salt at every high tide. However, the police had obviated him by crushing salt deposits into the mud. Nonetheless, Gandhi managed to reach down and picked up a small lump of natural salt out of the mud and British law had been defied. Civil disobedience broke out all across India, involving millions of Indians. British authorities arrested more than 60,000 people. Gandhi was also arrested on May 5, but the Satyagraha continued without him.

This Salt March started a series of protests, closing many British shops and mills. The non-violent Satyagrahis did not defend themselves against the clubs of policemen and many were killed instantly. The world embraced them and their non-violence and gradually enabled India to gain their freedom from British.

Written By: Sarla Ahuja- Creative Writer
Concept By: Jigar Chhaya – IT Operations Head
Tanay Mitra- Business Development
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