NATIONAL SALT SATYAGRAHA MEMORIAL

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Dandi March Memorial to the nation in Gujarat on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary on January 30 (Martyr’s day).

About:
• This project was endorsed by the Ministry of Culture.
• IIT Bombay as a Design Coordination Agency was assigned the task of conceptual design, coordination and implementation of the project.
• The main statue of Mahatma Gandhi for the memorial complex is sculpted by Sadashiv Sathe.
Important features of the memorial:
 The memorial has statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the Dandi Salt March. It also has 24-narrative murals depicting
various events and stories.
 To reflect the ethos of self-sufficiency imbibed by Mahatma Gandhi, 40 Solar Trees were also installed.
Solar Salt-Making Pans will be installed at the Memorial Complex to allow visitors to personally experience saltmaking.

Background:
• The Salt Satyagraha March or The Dandi March of 1930 was a landmark in the history of Indian freedom struggle.
 As a part of the Civil Disobedience Movement against the British rule, 80 Satyagrahis led by Mahatma Gandhi marched 384 km from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad to the coastal village of Dandi and broke the Salt Law imposed by the British.
 The 24-day march was started on 12 March 1930 and concluded on 6 April 1930.
 It was a direct action campaign of tax resistance and nonviolent protest against the British salt monopoly.
 This march lead to the mass Civil Disobedience Movement.