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Nation Pays Tribute To Gandhiji On The 89th Anniversary Of Historical Dandi March

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| March 12 , 2019 , 12:44 IST

On the 89th anniversary of the historic Dandi March, which was led by Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister along with other leaders paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a blog that the anti-thesis of Gandhian thought is Congress culture.

PM Modi lauded Mahatma Gandhi for fighting against the injustice and inequality perpetrated by the British. 

He also praised the organisational skills of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who played a 'key role in planning the Dandi March.' The Prime Minister also slammed the 'Congress culture' in his blog, calling it an "anti-thesis of Gandhian thought."

The Salt March, also known as the Dandi March and the Dandi Satyagraha, was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India led by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to produce salt from the seawater in the coastal village of Dandi (now in Gujarat). 

It was the practice of the local populace until British officials introduced taxation on salt production, deemed their sea-salt reclamation activities illegal, and then repeatedly used force to stop it.

The 24-day march lasted from 12 March 1930 to 6 April 1930 as a direct action campaign of tax resistance and nonviolent protest against the British salt monopoly.

It gained worldwide attention which gave impetus to the Indian independence movement and started the nationwide Civil Disobedience Movement. Mahatma Gandhi started this march with 78 of his trusted volunteers. Walking ten miles a day for 24 days, the march spanned over 240 miles.