The village of Dandi in the state of Gujarat is most famous for being the scene of Mahatma Gandhi's Salt Satyagraha.
Born in Porbandar, Gujarat and popularly known as Mahatma (Sanskrit for ‘great soul’), Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi was one of the founding fathers of the modern Indian state and an influential advocate of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) as a means of revolution. He helped bring about India’s Independence from British rule, inspiring other colonial peoples to work for their own independence.
Gandhi’s principle of Satyagraha, often roughly translated as ‘pursuit of truth’ and his simple values were drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs - truth (satya), and non-violence (ahimsa). Assassinated in 1948, his values and beliefs are still revered in our changing world. The Salt Satyagraha, also known as the Salt March to Dandi, was an act of protest against the British salt tax in colonial India.
Before he broke the law, Gandhi did appeal to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin in an effort to have the salt tax amended. The Viceroy failed to respond to this request. Mahatma Gandhi, along with several thousand of his followers walked from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the Gujarati coast. The British could do nothing, as Gandhi did not incite others to follow him. Upon arrival, Gandhi ceremoniously made salt by evaporating seawater, thus publicly defying the hated salt tax.
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