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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.

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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

12:52 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi flags off a symbolic Dandi March

PM Modi has flagged off a symbolic Dandi March. The march will see 81 people walk the route that was taken by Mahatma Gandhi and 80 others in 1930 from Ahmedabad to Dandi. It will end on April 6.

12:48 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi says India's achievements will be showcased to the world

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will bring the achievements of its society in the freedom movement and after that in front of the world more vigorously. He urges people from all walks of life to highlight the freedom struggle.

12:37 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi: India's development will speed up global development

"Whether we Indians have lived in the country or abroad, we have proved ourselves with our hard work. We are proud of our Constitution. We are proud of our democratic traditions. India, the mother of democracy, is still moving ahead by strengthening it, says the Prime Minister. "Even today, the achievements of India are not only our own, but are going to show light to the whole world, to give hope to entire humanity. Our development, filled with self-sufficiency, is going to speed up development across the world."

12:34 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Efforts are being made across India to save its history: PM Modi

"The country has been making vigorous efforts for the last six years to save the glory of India's history. Efforts are being made in every state and region... The country completed the revival of the site associated with the Dandi Yatra two years ago. I myself had the opportunity to visit Dandi on this occasion," says PM Modi.

12:27 (IST)12 Mar 2021
At the time, salt was a symbol of India's self-reliance: PM Modi

"At that time, salt was a symbol of India's self-reliance. Along with the values of India, the British also hurt this self-reliance. People of India had to depend on salt coming from England. Gandhiji understood this chronic pain of the country, caught the pulse of the people. And on seeing this movement, became the movement of every Indian, became the resolution of every Indian," says PM Modi.

12:15 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi lists 5 pillars to inspire India to move forward

PM Narendra Modi pays his respects to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion. "I bow to the feet of all the great personalities who participated in India's freedom struggle and have led the country," he says. He lists five pillars, along with the fight for freedom, that will inspire the dreams and duties of independent India. These are Ideas, Achievements, Actions and Resolve.

12:08 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now addressing the gathering. He says today is the first day of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'. "It has started 75 weeks before 15 August, 2022 and will run till 15 August 2023," he says. 

11:42 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi launches website as India's 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' journey kicks off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches a website to celebrate 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'. The website (india75.nic.in) lists the events and activities that will be held as India marks 75 years of independence. There will be 75 events in the next 75 weeks. 

11:14 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi's message in the visitor's book at Sabarmati ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Sabarmati ashram this morning, where he paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and signed the visitor's book. In his message, PM Modi said, "During this festival, the country will remember every step and moment of the independence movement and move forward with new energy for future development. I believe that with Bapu's blessings, we Indians will perform our duty and prove the objective of this Amrit Mahotsav."

11:09 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Zubin Nautiyal performs at event commemorating Dandi March
10:44 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Narendra Modi pays floral tribute to Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad where he pays floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, and writes a message in the guest book. 

10:36 (IST)12 Mar 2021
What is Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav?

Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav are a series of events to commemorate 75 years of India's Independence and will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari, according to a statement by the Ministry of Culture. 

10:26 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Gujarat Deputy CM says govt will bring alive India's freedom struggle

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is addressing an event at Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya in Rajkot. After felicitating a Freedom Fighter, he speaks to a gathering: "Over the next two years, the government will strive to bring alive India's freedom struggle so that the younger generation can learn about it. In 1930, when Gandhi embarked on the Dandi March, 10,000 people had joined. It was a huge response given the population of the Akhand Bharat which then also included today's Pakistan.

"Gandhi had many dreams. Besides Independence, non-violence, boycott of foreign goods, self-reliance were dear to him. This is the reason PM Narendra Modi has launched the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. We have to repeatedly think about our history and learn it by heart since, as the history of the world teaches us, the people who forget their history are wiped out from the face of the world," he adds. (Reported by Gopal Kateshiya)

10:17 (IST)12 Mar 2021
The original Dandi March of 1930
Picture via Twitter/@mannkibaat

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. Sohini Ghosh explains

10:12 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi launches Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav today

Today's event will launch India’s celebration of 75 years of independence — Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. It is being held 75 weeks before India turns 75 on August 15, 2022. Today, a dedicated website and logo is expected to be unveiled by PM Modi. The celebrations will include 75 events for 75 weeks to be held at 75 places of historical significance across the country.

The government has formed a high-level national committee to commemorate the occasion, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This 259-member committee comprises Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, and eminent citizens from all walks of life.

10:07 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi to visit Hriday Kunj, address a gathering at Abhay Ghat

This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Hriday Kunj in the Sabarmati Ashram, managed by the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT), at around 10.30 am. He will be accompanied by Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and others. Following the Hriday Kunj visit, PM Modi will proceed to a ground beside Abhay Ghat to address a gathering. This event is expected to be streamed live at 75 locations in Gujarat.

09:47 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Narendra Modi to flag off symbolic ‘Dandi March’ today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart celebrations for India's 75th Indepdendence Day today. He will flag off a symbolic Dandi March in Ahmedabad, on the 91th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's Salt March. Ahead of the event, PM Modi tweeted, "The March had a key role in furthering a spirit of pride and Aatmanirbharta among India’s people. Going #VocalForLocal is a wonderful tribute to Bapu and our great freedom fighters." Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates!

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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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