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On Bapu’s Death Anniversary Today PM Modi will Dedicate National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to Nation

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo

As a tribute to the Father of the Nation on his death anniversary today, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Gujarat.

PM through social media on 29th January said, "Tomorrow, on Bapu’s Punya Tithi, I will be in Dandi, the place from where Bapu challenged the might of colonialism. In Dandi, the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial will be dedicated to the nation. This is a tribute to Satyagrahis led by Gandhi Ji, who worked for India’s freedom".

PM during his day-long visit to Gujarat will also lay the foundation stone for extension of the terminal building at Surat Airport.

According to an official release, “Indian PM will go to Dandi in Navsari district where he will dedicate the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial to the country on Bapu’s death anniversary”.

It said, “The memorial has statues of Mahatma Gandhi as well as 80 Satyagrahis who accompanied him during the significant Dandi Salt March. It also contains 24-narrative murals portraying various events and stories from the 1930 Salt March”.

Later the Prime Minister will address a public meeting.

To recall, the Salt Satyagraha March, also known as ‘Dandi March’, was a historic event in the freedom struggle. 

As part of the civil disobedience movement against the British government, 80 Satyagrahis led by Mahatma Gandhi walked 241 miles from Sabarmati Ashram located in Ahmedabad to the coastal town of Dandi and made salt from the sea water, breaching the Salt Law imposed by the British.

The Prime Minister before visiting Dandi will lay the foundation stone for extension of terminal building at Surat Airport. PM will also inaugurate Smt Rasilaben Sevantilal Shah Venus Hospital in Surat.

Modi will also interact with participants at the New India Youth conclave after returning from Dandi.  This is PM’s second visit to the state this month. Earlier he had visited Gujarat on 19 January to dedicate the Armored System Complex at Hazira besides attending the Vibrant Gujarat Summit on 17 and 18 January.

Popularly known as ‘Bapu’ or the Father of Nation was the man who led India to freedom from the cruel British colonial rule. He was assassinated on 30 January 1948 at the age of 78. Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist, was found guilty of killing him and was executed the next year. PM Modi, earlier this week while delivering his first 'Mann Ki Baat' address of 2019, had asked everyone to pay a 2-minute tribute to the martyrs on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary on 30 January. The day is also observed as Martyrs' Day or Shaheed Diwas in India.

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