15/08/2015 8:16 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Google Celebrates India's 69th Independence Day With Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March Doodle


NEW DELHI— In honor of the 69th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day, Google today remembered Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March, which had sparked widespread protests across India against the then British government.

The tech giant has dedicated the historic march with a doodle showing Gandhi in his khadi white clothes leading the way with men and women following him.

Gandhi led the march from Sabarmati Asharam near Ahmedabad to Dandi in Gujarat as part of a non-violent protest against the British government’s decision to impose tax on salt.

The scene depicts a significant moment in India’s push for freedom from the rule of the British Raj and the beginning of the Civil Disobedience Movement.

Gandhi started the Dandi March on March 12, 1930 to protest against the tax resistance and the British salt monopoly in colonial India.

He began the march from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, and what ensued was a 24-day walk to Dandi, where many Indians joined along the way.

The march had sparked protests across India against British salt laws, and was one of the first campaign to have large number of Indians participating.

Last year, the internet giant had posted a doodle on its homepage featuring the independent India's first stamp, commemorating the 68th Independence day.

The stamp, which was issued on November 21, 1947 depicted the Indian flag with the slogan 'Jai Hind' on the top right hand corner.

(With inputs from PTI)

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