Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic Dandi Salt March was a watershed moment in our freedom struggle and it altered the course of history, said Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.
Addressing the gathering after paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Prarthna Mandir in Surat on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Azadi Ka Amruth Mahotsav and interacting with the marchers who participated in the ceremonial Dandi March, the Vice President asked everyone to take inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi who always used polite and respectful language even for his opponents.
“Gandhi Ji’s principle of non-violence was not limited to physical violence alone, rather it encapsulated non-violence in words and thoughts too”, he said adding “The Dandi March we are symbolically revisiting today signifies our nation’s ability to stay united when we are faced with challenges”.
The Vice President said that it is a festival that encourages us to rediscover our hidden strengths and prompts us to take sincere, synergistic action to regain our rightful place in the comity of nations.
Earlier in the day, the Vice President visited Saifee Villa where Gandhiji had spent a night of 4 April 1930 and later visited the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial– a monument that honours the activists and participants of the Salt Satyagraha.
During the program, the Vice President also released the Special Envelopes on Geographical Indication (GI TAG) Products of Gujarat State Handicrafts Development Corporation. He also witnessed the mesmerising cultural performance by the folk artists from Sikkim, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.
Venkaiah Naidu also graced the colourful closing ceremony of the 25-day long commemorative Dandi Padyatra as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav near National Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Dandi, Gujarat today.
Organised by the Union Ministry of Culture and State government of Gujarat, the event was attended by Governor Acharya Devvrat, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang, Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel, Member of Parliament C R Patil, Secretary to the Vice President I.V. Subbarao, Trustee, Sabarmati Ashram Trust Sudharshan Iyengar and others.