Dandi March Highlights: Flagging off Salt March, PM Modi launches Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
PM Modi in Ahmedabad, Dandi March 2021 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off a symbolic 386-kilometre 'Dandi March' from Ahmedabad, which will culminate on April 6 at Dandi in Navsari district.
By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad, New Delhi |
Updated: March 12, 2021 3:19:15 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the flag-off ceremony of the Dandi March or Salt Movement to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence, in Ahmedabad, Friday, March 12, 2021. (PTI Photo: Kamal Kishore)
Dandi March Highlights: On the 91st anniversary of the historic Salt March led by Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off a symbolic 386-kilometre ‘Dandi March’ from Ahmedabad, which will culminate on April 6 at Dandi in Navsari district. The event started a 75 week countdown to India’s 75th anniversary of Independence — Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The government plans on holding 75 events as part of the celebrations, which will be held till August 15, 2023.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi paid tribute to the freedom fighters and said India would showcase to the entire world its achievements. Apart from the freedom struggle, he said four pillars — ideas, achievements, actions and resolve — would inspire the dreams and duties of India.
On March 12, 1930, Gandhi led a group of 80 people on a 24-day march against the British monopoly on production of salt. This non-violent protest came to be known as the Dandi March or Salt March.
Dandi March Highlights: PM Narendra Modi flags off symbolic Salt March from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi in Navsari district; event launches India's celebrations of 75 years of Independence, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Follow latest news and updates below
An artist paints a picture of the Dandi March near Navagam. (Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran)
What was the original Dandi March of 1930?
The Dandi March or Salt March was part of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent protest against the British monopoly on production of salt. Led by Gandhi, 78 people started the 24-day march on March 12 and reached Dandi on April 5, 1930. After making salt at Dandi, Gandhi headed to Dharasana Salt Works, 40 km south, but was arrested on May 5.
Who will participate in the 2021 Dandi March?
Gujarat Minister of State for Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities (Independent charge) Ishwarsinh Patel said “descendants of those who walked the Salt March (in 1930) will be honoured”, though they have not been invited to participate in the nearly 386-km walk “due to their age”. The march itself will see 81 walkers traverse the route in memory of the 78 who accompanied Mahatma Gandhi in 1930 from Ahmedabad to Dandi and two others who had joined mid-route.
The subsequent journey will see “big events at six places” associated with Gandhi. These include MK Gandhi’s birthplace Porbandar, along with Rajkot, Vadodara, Bardoli (Surat), Mandvi (Kutch) and Dandi (Navsari). Simultaneous programmes to “foster patriotism” will be held on March 12 at 75 places where the 1930 entourage had taken halted. Cultural programmes are planned at 21 spots on the route at the nightly stops for the walkers. As per Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, political leaders will join in on each day of the 21 days.
What will the Prime Minister’s schedule look like on the day?
As per the tentative plan, the Prime Minister is expected to visit Hriday Kunj in the Sabarmati Ashram managed by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT) for “two to three minutes” at around 10.30 am, as per an Ashram official.
Followed by Hriday Kunj visit, the Prime Minister is expected to proceed to a ground beside Abhay Ghat to address a gathering. This event could go on for an hour and will be streamed live at 75 locations in Gujarat.
(Inputs from ENS Gujarat)
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