Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to the nation at Dandi village, situated in South Gujarat on Arabian sea coast.
At the memorial site, he also unveiled statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the historic Dandi Salt March in 1930.
A dedication ceremony on Bapu’s death anniversary has acquired special significance as Dandi village is to receive a big push from the government to be developed as a place of national importance and tourist interest like Statue of Unity.
The memorial also has 24-narrative murals depicting various events and stories from the historic 1930 Salt March.
Solar trees are installed to meet the energy requirements of the memorial complex. The PM took a round through the memorial before reaching a ground to address a public meeting.
The Salt Satyagraha March, well known as the Dandi March of 1930 has been a landmark event in the history of India’s freedom struggle.
It was on this day, as a part of the Civil Disobedience Movement against the British rule, 80 Satyagrahis led by Mahatma Gandhi marched 241-miles from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and made salt from seawater breaking the Salt Law imposed by the British.
From Dandi village, Prime Minister Modi will leave for Surat where he will address the New India Youth Conclave.
The Salt Satyagraha March or The Dandi March of 1930 as it is popularly known, was a landmark in the history of Indian freedom struggle. As a part of the Civil Disobedience Movement against the British rule, 80 Satyagrahis led by Mahatma Gandhi marched 241-miles from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and broke the Salt Law imposed by the British. As was the symbolic nature of the event, it inspired millions of Indians to join the freedom struggle and brought worldwide attention to the movement. The Dandi March demonstrated the effectiveness of non-violent civil disobedience as a form of protest for the first time.
The main statue of Mahatma Gandhi for the Salt Satyagraha Memorial complex, Dandi, Gujarat is sculpted by Sadashiv Sathe, one of the most renowned Sculptors from India. The 5-metre high statue of the Mahatma projects the forceful forward march of a great leader leading the people to freedom from exploitation and injustice.
Sadashiv Sathe, who made the first Mahatma Gandhi statue installed in Delhi in 1952, had this to say when asked about his Gandhi statue made for National Salt Satyagraha Memorial