‘Right Against Might’ International Walk for Peace, Justice & Freedom Retracing the Footprints of Mahatma Gandhi

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Commemorating 75 years of the Salt March of 1930 led by Mahatma Gandhi. The march was from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahamadabad to Dandi in south Gujarat, India; a distance of 241 miles covered in 24 days. The commemorative re-enactment is scheduled from 12th March Â? 6th April 2005.

March 12, 2005 through April 7, 2005: The year 2005 marks the 75th anniversary of the Salt March led by M. K. Gandhi. To commemorate the ‘Battle of Right Against Might’ and to honour the memory of all who participated in the Salt March and in the Satyagraha (Truth Force) thereafter, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation is organizing an “International Walk for Peace, Justice and Freedom” from 12th March to 6th April 2005. The walk will commence from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and progress down the same route which was taken by Mahatma Gandhi and the original marchers. People from around the world who believe in peace, non-violence or are engaged in a ‘battle of right against might’ for any cause as well as all who believe in peace and non-violence are invited to participate. Participation in the march is free.

Everyday, the participants will walk the same distance and camp at the same place like the original marchers. Participants can choose to complete the route by either walking or cycling. Although we encourage participants to walk the entire route, 241 miles in 24 days, participants can select particular sections, join or leave the walk at any point enroute. For those who complete the entire route from Sabarmati to Dandi, a specially commissioned memento mentioning their feat will be presented at the finale in Dandi; others will get participation certificates for the number of miles walked.

To provide a bit of drama, it is being planned to have a flight of hot air balloons following Gandhi’s footsteps up amongst the clouds. During select stages participants will walk carrying lit candles in their hands during the evening phase of the walk.

The history of the Salt March began on 12th March 1930. The 61 year old Mahatma, started walking from Sabarmati Ashram, his home since he had returned from South Africa. He was accompanied by 80 handpicked volunteers from the Ashram. Thousands of Indians joined in the march along the way.

After marching 24 days and stirring up worldwide interest in their unique protest, which had totally bewildered the British colonial administration, and stirring up the spirit of independence in the hearts of every Indian, the band of marchers reached Dandi, on 5th April 1930.

On the morning of 6th April 1930, Mahatma Gandhi and his band of marchers bathed in the sea at Dandi. Then surrounded by thousands of his countrymen, Mahatma Gandhi picked up a fistful of salt in a symbolic defiance of the British imposed Salt Tax. The whole country followed his example, salt water was carted to the interiors where people made salt and auctioned it, defying British baton blows, prison cells and bullets.

The Salt March and the Satyagraha in its aftermath are today considered landmark events in the history of the non-violent movement for Indian Independence. They have become the symbols of the ongoing “Battle of right against might.” As Gandhiji described it in a message he sent out to the world on 5th April 1930 from Dandi. “I want world sympathy in this battle of right against might”.

A day long celebration including various programmes and exhibitions will take place at the end of the march on 6th April at Dandi Beach.

An extensive Website providing detailed information about the historical as well as the commemorative event has already being launched. An online registration procedure is available on the web site.

Volunteers for planning, organizing and execution of this memorable event are most welcome.

For more information visit the web site of http://www.saltmarch.org.in or contact Mr. Tushar Gandhi, Managing Trustee, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, Rishiket Apartments, N. T. Malusare Lane, Irla, Vile Parle West, Mumbai, 400 056 India. Telephone +91 22 2670 4605 or +91 98 2133 6617. Email tushargandhi@saltmarch.org.in.

Contact: Tushar A. Gandhi

+91 98 2133 6617 Mobile

+91 22 2670 4605 Office

tushargandhi@saltmarch.org.in

http://www.saltmarch.org.in

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