Why did Gandhi organize the Salt March?
The Salt March was a nonviolent campaign of Gandhi.
- nonviolent campaign by Mohandas ( Mahatma ) Gandhi to protest against salt tax*
- one of the most important protests Gandhi has made
- Gandhi and his 78 followers marched from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the Arabian Sea.
- the journey was 240 miles or 386.2 kilometers
- it led to the Gandhi-Irwin pact where gathering and manufacturing salt is legal
- the British made it illegal for the Indians to collect the natural deposits of salt.
- due to India's weather, the citizens sweats and lose more of the human body's salt supply. Indians didn't eat much meat (natural source of salt) so they needed to find a supplementary source of salt. Thus, the British imposed the salt tax to control the Indians.
- the government lifted the tax a year later after the Salt March