Did Nehru go for the Salt March?

By Sunil Kumar


The Salt March or the Dandi Satyagraha was one of the greatest acts of defiance and PR successes of the Indian freedom struggle.

Receiving no response from the British Viceroy Irwin about his complaint about the injustices heaped on Indians who were not allowed to manufacture and produce their own salt; Gandhi began a historic and symbolic walk in Western India(present-day Gujarat) from his Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to the town of Dandi near Surat.

Beginning on March 12 with a few followers; increasing crowds joined him as it passed through various places on the way. Nehru who had initially wondered about the effectiveness of a symbolic walk; realised its strategic significance; joined him in the Salt March when Gandhi had entered Broach district(modern-day Bharuch) at Jambusar.

See this link here from official British India Office records;

Gandhi’s Salt March, Part 2: 20-26 March 1930

However; Nehru actually got arrested after the Dandi Salt March on April 14, 1930 when he led a group in his native United Provinces(present-day UP) from Prayag(Allahabad) to Raipur. Gandhi himself was arrested in May by the colonial government.

Mahatma Gandhi describes Nehru’s arrest in 1930 as ‘rest’ – Times of India

Huge adverse publicity for the British at the time with brutal beatings of non-violent resistance discussed even in the U.S Congress led to the Indian freedom struggle now becoming a more globally important issue.

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