Saturday, March 12, 2005

Salt March

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the start of Gandhi's Salt March in India. Gandhi started this march not just to protest the taxation of salt by the British, but to make a grand spectacle of such injustice. Sure enough, the entire nation was held captive by these events and many consider this march to be the start of the national capaign for a Free India.

Here's a site with a good rundown of the March. The entire site is actually put together by a professor at UCLA who's class I took while there. Good stuff there about the entire Indian experience.

Here's some coverage of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary in India where there is a re-enactment of the entire march.

Additionally, we at Young India have published our newsletter, Samay, with special features about the Salt March. The newsletter is a monthly publication (I'm the Editor-in-Chief) so give it a read as there is some interesting analysis there about other issues of the day.

1 comment:

rahul said...

The day after the commemorative Dandi March left Gandhi Ashram, another pad-yatra began from the same place. Rather than retracing a journey of a great man in his act of service to his country, volunteers from Charityfocus, Indicorps, Manav Sadhana, Ahmedabad city, and even Ramapir-no-tekro set out on their own journey of service to India and find the Good, and God, in themselves and others.

Smaller and unpublicized, its been the amazing pilgrimage of a handful of incredibly sincere and dedicated individuals. You can read about some experiences on this journey on The Inner-net. Also watch for pictures here.