Gandhi`s Salt Satyagraha in Time’s top 10 protests

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 22:27

New York: Mahatma Gandhi-led Salt
Satyagraha during India`s independence movement has been named
among the 10 most influential protests in the world by
America`s prestigious Time magazine.

In March 1930, Gandhi embarked on a 24-day march from
Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad to the small seaside town of
Dandi, attracting followers along the way.

The assembled throngs watched as he and dozens of
others dipped into the sea to produce salt.

The campaign was a non-violent protest against the
British salt monopoly in colonial India, and triggered the
wider Civil Disobedience Movement.

Known as the salt "satyagraha" - a Sanskrit term
loosely meaning "truth-force" - it carried the emotional and
moral weight to break British empire, the Time said.

According to the magazine, Britain`s centuries-long
rule over India was, in many ways, first and foremost a regime
of monopolies over commodities like tea, textiles and even
salt.

Under colonial law, Indians were forbidden to extract
and sale their own salt, and instead were forced to pay the
far costlier price of salt manufactured and imported from the
UK.

That act - for which more than 80,000 Indians would
get arrested in the coming months - sparked years of mass
civil disobedience that came to define both the Indian
independence struggle as well as Gandhi himself, the Time
said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 22:27

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