Why was the ‘Salt March’ considered an effective symbol of resistance against Colonialism? Explain.
Points to Remember
- Salt a powerful symbo l
- Letter to viceroy Irwin stating eleven demands .
- Wide-ranging demands of all classes
- The oppressive face of British rule.
- Abolish the salt tax.
Answer to be written in exam
- Mahatma Gandhi found salt a powerful symbo l that could unite the nation as it is the most essential food item and consumed by all sections of the society.
- On 31st January 1930, he sent a letter to Viceroy Irwin stating eleven demands.
- The idea was to make the demands wide-ranging , so that all classes within Indian society could identify with them and everyone could be brought together in a united campaign .
- The tax on salt and the government monopoly over its production , Mahatma Gandhi revealed the most oppressive face of British rule .
- The most stirring of all was the demand to abolish the salt tax.