Today marks the 89th anniversary of the historic Dandi March. The nation celebrates 12 March as the Dandi March Day to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha, a non-violent campaign challenging the British Raj’s monopoly over making of salt. Mahatma Gandhi led 78 satyagrahis in the 24-day 384-km march from 12 March to 6 April 1930 from Sabarmati Ashram, near the city of Ahmedabad to Dandi. On 5 April, 1930, he defied the Salt Law by picking up a lump of salt. The spark that the Dandi March ignited, soon kindled the flames of a movement and achieved Independence for India.
Here Are 10 Interesting Facts About The Dandi March And The Dandi March Day
- When Mahatma Gandhi set out on the march, the destination was first set to somewhere near Borsad in Gujarat. But owing to the popularity of the campaign, Gandhi decided to extend the march up to Dandi.
- The Salt March Movement is also referred to as the White Flowing River as the campaign was run by people wearing white khadi.
- According to The Better India, the youngest Satyagrahi was 16-year-old Vittal Liladhar Thakkar, a student from Gujarat, while the Mahatma himself was the oldest.
- The Lily Biscuit Company in Calcutta had offered a consignment of biscuits, but Gandhi refused as it would be “a luxury”.
- During the movement, a group of housewives led by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay marched to Chowpatty in Mumbai (then Bombay). Soon, despite police attempts, the crowds grew and hordes of housewives carrying pots and pans joined the ranks.
- Kamaladevi prepared the first packet of salt which was auctioned for the sum of Rs 501.
- On the Dandi March Day, politicians pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, New Delhi.
- To commemorate the 75thanniversary of the Dandi March, the government of India issued a series of Dandi March related stamps.
- Every Year, there is a celebration done by the people of India for the Mahatma Gandhiji Foundation which named as the “International Justice and Freedom Walk”.
- In Gujarat, a Dandi Salt Challenge is generally organised which includes a cycle and marathon competition on the 400 Km route of Dandi March.