Friday, March 12, 2010

Mahatma Gandhi begins famous Salt March

1930 The Salt March: On this day 80 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi began a campaign of civil disobedience in India in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt. Eventually, this non-violent tactic, known as satyagraha, helped expel the British colonial masters of India.

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), Indian leader and proponent of civil disobedience, set out at 6:30 am from Sabarmati with 79 volunteers on the historic Salt March 385 km (239 mi) to the sea at Dandi. A civil disobedience campaign against the British in India began, the beginning of a campaign that allowed Indians to have control of India, with the British relinquishing colonial 'ownership' of that great nation, which is now the world's largest democracy. The All-India Trade Congress had empowered Gandhi to begin the demonstrations. Gandhi led a march to the Gujarat Coast of the Arabian Sea and produced salt by evaporation of sea water in violation of the law as a gesture of defiance against the British monopoly in salt production. It was the first major step in the movement of Indians regaining India.

Mahatma Gandhi: from lawyer to national liberator (audio & transcript)

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Anonymous Captain Courageous said...

Thank you for commemorating this date. Gandhi has been slandered as being a racist and as having committed incest with his nieces. In truth he was a true celibate, ascetic, nonviolent social reformer. I highly recommend his autobiography be read (The Story of My Experiments With the Truth).
Ahimsa Parmo Dharma.

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