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Social Science: Events and Processes - Nationalism in India - Salt Satyagraha

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Describe the main features of the 'Salt March'.

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Solution

Following are the main features of the ‘Salt March’:
i) Mahatma Gandhi found in salt a powerful symbol that could unite the Indian nation.
ii) Gandhi presented the British government with many demands. The most stirring among them was the demand to abolish the salt tax. It had wide ranging implications since salt was consumed by Indians regardless of their caste or creed and hence had the symbolic significance to unite them all.
iii) When Gandhi reached the port town of Dandi, he broke the salt law ceremoniously by making salt from sea water. This marked the beginning of the Civil Disobedience Movement.

Concept: Nationalism in India - Salt Satyagraha
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