THE SILENT ROAD
On 12 March 1930 Gandhi and 78 other men started a 240-mile journey on foot from Sabarmati to the coastal village of Dandi – a journey which lasted 23 days. As they walked, residents from each city along the way joined the great procession, which was at least two miles in length. On 5 April Gandhi picked up a lump of mud and salt, boiled it in seawater to make the commodity which the British government said no Indian could legally produce, and called upon the nation to copy him in this act of massive civil disobedience. The British government would have had to arrest millions of people to enforce their law and in the end had to back down. Gandhi’s Salt March against taxation can be seen as the tipping point in the cause of Indian independence.
Salt may not be what’s at issue today, but monopolies and vested interests exist everywhere, and it is the people who end up paying a high price. Words are powerful, but words without actions are just hot air. As independent publishers we have started this quiet journey by running the risk of travelling the Silent Road. We hope that you will join us to bring about change.
Laura & Damian Santamaria