IF GANDHI DO IT, WE CAN DO IT!!!

Was Gandhi a special man?
No. He was a man so shy and awkward that he passed out the first time he had to speak in public.
He was a meek, perfectly normal man, like so many others.
But he said NO.
He no longer wanted to accept the power that destroyed his people.
So you decided to oppose in a very strong way, how?
Using nonviolent resistance.
The salt march (दांडी मार्च) was a non-violent demonstration that took place from March 12 to April 5, 1930 in India by Mahatma Gandhi, in the context of Satyagraha, that is, passive and non-violent resistance.
Salt was essential in Indian food and its production was placed under a rigid state monopoly, managed by the British colonial government. It was not possible to produce salt personally, through the evaporation process, nor to collect the sea salt that was deposited on the beaches.

Only the British could benefit from the income deriving from the possession of the mineral, an essential element of the country's diet, to the detriment of the workers who could not produce it or even collect it on the beaches.
In response to the British salt tax Gandhi organized and led what will remain one of the most famous protests in history: the salt march. Many of his comrades were initially skeptical but later joined him.

Gandhi did not change his mind: the salt monopoly hurt both Hindi and Muslims, rich and poor. On 2 March he wrote a letter to the British Viceroy Lord Irwin and made a series of requests, including the repeal of the salt tax. If ignored, he promised to launch a non-violent campaign. Governor Irwin gave no reply.

At dawn on March 12, 1930, Gandhi put his plan into action. Wearing a homemade shawl and sandals, holding a wooden walking stick, he set out on foot from his ashram near Ahmedabad with several dozen companions and began the overland journey to the city of Dandi in the Arabian Sea. Seventy-eight men left the village: their names had been published in the newspapers for the police to know. Gandhi planned to defy the salt tax by illegally collecting the mineral from the beach. Perhaps he was hoping for an arrest which the British did not make out of fear of public reaction.

With Gandhi in the lead, the crowd crossed the countryside at a speed of about 20km per day. Gandhi stopped in dozens of villages along the way to address the masses and condemn the salt tax. As Gandhi and his followers advanced towards the west coast, thousands of Indians joined the procession, turning the small group of protesters into a mile-long procession. The New York Times and other newspapers began to follow the progress of the march. Gandhi in his speeches spoke of the injustices of the caste system which deprived the "untouchables" of fundamental rights; astounded those who followed him by bathing in an "untouchable" well in the village of Dabhan. During a layover in Gajera, he refused to begin his speech until the untouchables were allowed to sit with the rest of the audience.


Gandhi and his group finally arrived in Dandi on April 5, having traveled 400 km in 24 days. The next morning, thousands of reporters and supporters gathered to see him commit his symbolic offense. After diving into the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea, he walked ashore among the beach's many salt deposits. British officials appear to have mixed salt with sand in hopes of frustrating Gandhi's efforts. It was all in vain: I found a lump of mud rich in salt Gandhi lifted it and showed it to the crowd "With this" he said, "we have shaken the foundations of the British Empire."

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sustain | sustain-blog.com
    Oct 22, 2021 @ 12:04:22

    Yes. We can! 😊

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