On 12 March 1930, Gandhiji walked the talk to the coastal village of Dandi. He was joined by many people who followed him to witness the first act of Civil Disobedience that extricated the powerful hold of the British Empire from India without bloodshed. (Dentists!! Please note this point)
He reached the village of Dandi on April 6th and took a lump of salty mud, boiled it in seawater and illegally produced Salt.
And since then we Indians have been producing many commodities illegally and committing many more acts of Civil Disobedience like evading taxes, violating laws, plagiarizing, violating Intellectual property rights and destroying public property!
Perhaps Gandhiji should have addressed the future generations with a disclaimer before he made the epoch making decision to taste the salt of the earth.
"Civil disobedience is the inherent right of a citizen to be civil, it implies discipline, thought, care, attention and sacrifice". But……
“Dear peoples, please remember this is a token protest. This does not mean that you can now start manufacturing salt at home and sell it using those horrible television commercials!”
“And dear peoples, this act of defiance by me does not mean that you can defy Intellectual Property Rights and make horrible movies like KANK.”
“ Or make horrible caricatures of Nusrath Fateh Ali Khan, Simon and Garfunkel, Boney M, MLTR, Pink Floyd, Abba, Michael Jackson, Sting, Dolly Parton….guess you get the drift.”
“This does not mean you can dump garbage in your neighbor’s house.”
“Or turn up the volume of your music systems.”
“Please do not interpret this as a license to spit on the road.”
“Burning buses is not a form of Satyagraha.”
“And neither is making illegal liquor at home!!!”
“Tasting of salt from the seashore is not the same as tapping Electricity illegally.”
“And c’mon this is not in the same league as beating up fellow drivers on the road!”
“Neither is evading taxes!!”
“I request all of you gathered here to read the Dictionary when you go home and understand the meaning of the word “Independence”.
And my last appeal to the next generation which has nothing to do with this incident is, please stop making those horrible remixes. And for those of you here, who don’t know what a remix is, never mind. You will not live to hear it anyways *sigh*.
Perhaps he should have been around a little longer to teach us the value of independence and our duties as responsible citizens of this great country.
Happy Independence Day to you all!