11 Facts About Salt Satyagraha


Salt Satyagraha campaign was based upon Gandhi's principles of non-violent protest called satyagraha, which he loosely translated as "truth-force".

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The 1882 Salt Satyagraha Act gave the British a monopoly on the collection and manufacture of salt, limiting its handling to government salt depots and levying a salt tax.

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Salt Satyagraha reasoned that it would build unity between Hindus and Muslims by fighting a wrong that touched them equally.

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Salt Satyagraha is a synthesis of the Sanskrit words Satya and Agraha.

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Salt Satyagraha decided that Indians were not yet ready for successful nonviolent resistance.

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Salt Satyagraha implored his thousands of followers to likewise begin making salt along the seashore, "wherever it is convenient" and to instruct villagers in making illegal, but necessary, salt.

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Salt Satyagraha's group started from Tiruchirappalli, in Madras Presidency, to the coastal village of Vedaranyam.

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Salt Satyagraha wrote to Lord Irwin, again telling him of his plans.

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Salt Satyagraha was arrested under an 1827 regulation calling for the jailing of people engaged in unlawful activities, and held without trial near Poona.

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Salt Satyagraha did not produce immediate progress toward dominion status or self-rule for India, did not elicit major policy concessions from the British, or attract much Muslim support.

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The Satyagraha campaign of the 1930s forced the British to recognise that their control of India depended entirely on the consent of the Indians – Salt Satyagraha was a significant step in the British losing that consent.

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