The Salt March

In 1930 Mahatma Gandhi led a 24-day nonviolent civil disobedience (satyagraha) march to the Indian Ocean. It was a direct action campaign of tax resistance and protest against British colonialism and the British salt monopoly. Gandhi started the march with a few dozen followers. The night before the salt march, he said, “I stress only one condition, namely, let our pledge of truth and nonviolence as the only means for the attainment of freedom and independence be faithfully kept.” They marched 240 miles and during the march were joined by hundreds. After a days march, they would stop in different villages and increasingly large crowds would gather to hear Gandhi speak.The march, as Gandhi intended, inspired and marked the beginning of a mass campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience waged against unfair taxation and British colonial rule in India.

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