Essay on Dandi March
Gandhiji announced in 1930 that he would lead a march to overthrow the salt law. The state was granted a monopoly on the production and sale of salt under this law. Mahatma Gandhi and other nationalists argued that taxing salt was wicked due to its critical role in our diet.
Mahatma Gandhi departed Sabarmati for Dandi with seventy-eight male and female members of the ashram whose identities were revealed in Young India. Dandi is located in the southern region of Ahamdabad. This march, dubbed the Dandi March, was organised in defiance of the British government’s salt prohibition. Gandhi travelled from village to hamlet with his disciples along filthy roads. Gandhi stated, “We are marching in the name of God.” On the route, the village’s peasants greeted the marchers. The marchers paused many times a day for meetings. Gandhi urged the crowd to abstain from social vices such as alcohol and child weddings during this march. Additionally, he instructed them to violate the salt rules when the signal arrived. He encountered no difficulty walking. It was all “Child’s play” for him. He spun for an hour each day and wrote a journal. In this manner, he inspired others and eventually reached Dandi. He took a plunge in the sea and walked back to the beach. He took a pinch of salt left behind by the waves as a metaphor for breaking the law there. Subhash Chandra Bose compared the salt march to “Napoleon’s March from Elba to Parish.” Indeed, it was a significant test for the British government.