Dandi March Notes Indian Modern history Notes
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The Dandi march was a nonviolent act of civil disobedience initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in colonial India to produce salt from the seawater in the village of Dandi, as was the practice of the local people until British officials introduced taxation on salt production.
The 24 day march began on 12.03.1930 as a direct action campaign of tax resistance and nonviolent protest against the British government, it gained worldwide attention which gave impetus to the Indian independence movement and started the nationwide Civil Disobedience Movement.
Gandhi led the Dandi March from his base, Sabarmati Ashram near the city of Ahmedabad. 78 people joined the march with Gandhi to the village of Dandi, which was located at a small town called Navsari in the state of Gujarat. As Gandhi and the others continued on what would become a 24 day march to Dandi to produce salt without paying any tax, huge numbers of Indians joined them.
When Gandhi broke the salt laws at 6:30 am on 6 April 1930, it sparked large scale acts of civil disobedience against the British Raj by millions of Indians.The campaign had a significant effect on changing the world and British attitude towards Indian sovereignty and self-rule and caused growing numbers of Indians to join the fight for the first time.