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Followers of Mohandas Gandhi to Retrace 'Salt March'

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Hundreds of followers of the late Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi are getting ready to re-enact his historic 1930 march for independence. Mr. Gandhi's great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi, will lead the march starting Saturday at the exact moment when the Indian leader began the historic walk 75 years ago, known as the "salt march" to protest the British monopoloy on salt production. The younger Gandhi says he hopes the walk will remind Indians that it was non-violence that brought them independence from British rule. The 380-kilometer march will retrace the exact route Mohandas Gandhi took 75 years ago -- starting in the western city of Ahmedabad and ending 24 days later in the southern coastal town of Dandi. Historians credit the "salt march" with forcing Britain to open formal talks, leading to independence in 1947.
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