Mahatma Gandhi made a conscious choice to search for nonviolent alternatives to take forward India’s struggle for independence. He is credited to be a leader who used non-violence as a political tool and means to achieve a political goal. The weapons that Mahatma Gandhi used in his struggle to independence were innovative methods to unite masses to stand up non-violently against the oppressive British colonialists. What makes this so unusual is how Mahatma Gandhi did not use counter-violence as a method of resistance, but only non-violence. He believed that violence only resulted in a ‘temporary’ good. Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela had even said once: “A hundred years ago Gandhi became the first person of colour to practise law in Johannesburg. Gandhi’s offices and the old courts are long gone. But here too, Gandhi paved the way for others.”
The Salt Satyagraha March, better known as ‘Dandi March’, was a landmark event in the freedom struggle. As part of the civil disobedience movement against the British rule, 80 Satyagrahis led by Gandhi marched 241 miles from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and made salt from seawater, thus breaking the Salt Law imposed by the British.
With these thoughts, let’s remember Mahatma Gandhi and his values on Martyrs’ Day and always strive to take our nation forward based on this foundation.