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Dandi Map The village of Dandi in the state of Gujarat is most famous for being the scene of Mahatma Gandhi's Salt Satyagraha of 1930. Born in Porbandar, Gujarat & popularly known as Mahatma (Sanskrit for 'great soul'), Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi was of the founding fathers of the modern Indian state & an influential advocate of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) as a process of revolution. They helped bring about India's Independence from British rule, inspiring other colonial peoples to work for their own independence.

Gandhi's principle of Satyagraha, often roughly translated as 'pursuit of truth' and his simple values were drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs - truth (satya), & non-violence (ahimsa). Assassinated in 1948, his values & beliefs are still revered in our changing world. The Salt Satyagraha, also known as the Salt March to Dandi, was an act of protest against the British salt tax in colonial India.

Before they broke the law, Gandhi did appeal to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin in an work to have the salt tax amended. The Viceroy failed to reply to this request. Mahatma Gandhi, along with several thousand of his followers walked from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the Gujarati coast.

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