The day Gandhi went on the Salt March – level 3


The Salt March was a nonviolent civil disobedience campaign led by Mahatma Gandhi against British colonial rule in India. It began on March 12, 1930, when Gandhi and a group of around 80 followers set out on a 390-kilometer journey from his ashram to the Arabian Sea.

The aim of the march was to challenge the British monopoly on salt production and distribution in India, which had imposed a heavy salt tax on the Indian population, making this essential commodity out of reach for many Indians.

Gandhi and his followers walked for 24 days through towns and villages, spreading the message of nonviolence and civil disobedience.

On April 6, 1930, Gandhi reached the coastal village of Dandi, where he and his followers broke the salt law by making salt from seawater. This act of civil disobedience was followed by similar actions throughout India.

The Salt March brought international attention to the Indian independence movement and is considered one of the most significant events in the Indian fight for independence.

Difficult words: disobedience (refusing to obey law), ashram (a place where a small religious community lives), impose (to force people to accept a rule).

What influence did the Salt March have on other independence movements around the world?


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