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March 13, 2019
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The Salt march, a protest against the coercive salt tax imposed by the British, was the most significant organised challenge to British authority. Explain (200 Words)

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IAS Parliament 6 days

KEY POINTS

Salient features of Salt March

·        Gandhiji’s picking on the salt monopoly was another illustration of Gandhiji’s tactical wisdom. For in every Indian household, salt was indispensable.

·        Yet people were forbidden from making salt even for domestic use, compelling them to buy it from shops at a high price. The state monopoly over salt was deeply unpopular; by making it his target, Gandhiji hoped to mobilise a wider discontent against British rule.

·        Rules and laws enforced by British were breached, resulting in production of salt along the coast through evaporation of salt water, almost directly challenging British authority.

·        Parallel salt marches were being conducted in other parts of the country. Example: Salt March was conducted from Calicut to Payyanur in Kerala.

·        This event that first brought Mahatma Gandhi to world attention. The march was widely covered by the European and American press.

·        It was the first nationalist activity in which women participated in large numbers. The socialist activist Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay had persuaded Gandhiji not to restrict the protests to men alone.

·        The Salt March which forced upon the British the realisation that their Raj would not last forever, and that they would have to devolve some power to the Indians.

Raj 6 days

Kindly Review. Thanks!!

IAS Parliament 6 days

Good answer. Try to include breaking of laws, manufacturing of salt in coastal villages. Keep Writing.

Raj 6 days

Thanks. Let me include that...

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