Dandi: The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Seva Dal had on Friday organized a symbolic ‘padyatra’ to commemorate the 88th anniversary of the world famous Dandi March by the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. The event saw participation not just from Congress party and Seva Dal members but from villagers of Dandi and other surrounding villages.
April 6th was the day when Gandhi along with his followers had reached Dandi village in Gujarat to protest against the British for levying a tax on something as basic as salt, after a 24-day long march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Mangalsinh Solanki, the chief organizer of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Seva Dal said, “The Dandi March that was started off by Mahatma Gandhi was a fight against the oppression and injustice that was being meted out to our countrymen by the British before independence. Even today our citizens are facing similar situations under the current government, whether it is in the state or the center. This march is to tell today’s generation that no matter what, they should follow Gandhi’s path of Ahimsa (Non-violence) to fight against injustice and if Gandhi can drive away the British with Ahimsa, they too can achieve freedom from any kind of oppression they are under. ”
Named ‘Dandi Samapan Padyatra,’ the event was attended by several Congress party leaders like Arjun Modhwadia, Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani, Mahendra Joshi, former chief organizer of All India Congress Seva Dal and the newly appointed chief organizer Lalji Desai, Dr. Tushar Chaudhary, Gaurang Pandya and Minal Gohil. More than 1500 people participated in the march, which started off from Matvad in Navasari till Dandi. The participants of the march were made to take a pledge of following the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi in their lives.