One of his various contributions was that of the ‘Dandi’ march or the ‘Salt’ march that began on the 12th of March 1930 during the Satyagraha movement. It was a non violent protest against tax on salt making.
During the British rule the production of salt was easy and made 100% profit as it did not require any special investment. Due to this, the British imposed tax on making salt and took majority of it under their control. To end this unfair tax, mahatma Gandhi decided to march towards Dandi to break the salt law, on 12th March 1930 he started from the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati, Gujarat. He completed a 390 km march from his Ashram to Dandi, Gujarat. The march reached Dandi on 5 April 1930 evening where Gandhiji broke the salt law on 6 April 1930 morning by picking a handful of salt.
Salt Satyagraha was proved as a big way to break the British rule and accomplish ‘Purna Swaraj’ in the India. This campaign was held under the leadership of Gandhi Ji as a first civil disobedience against the British salt tax. Since salt was a daily necessity, the tax was unfair on the poor people. People were able to produce their own salt after this.
The march contributed in India’s attainment of freedom in a biggish way. Even today the people of India remember this day celebrate it with great enthusiasm.
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