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Putting Salt On His Tail - Sun, Baltimore, USA, 1930.

The Congress Working Committee met in February 1930 and decided on civil disobedience to promote the objective of genuine self-rule. But what shape would this protest take? Gandhi indicated that it would be resistance to the salt tax. Writing in Young India, his English weekly, he observed: "There is no article like salt, outside water, by taxing which the State can reach even the starving millions, the rich, the maimed and utterly helpless. The tax constitutes, therefore, the most inhuman poll tax the ingenuity of man can devise." His decision aroused worldwide interest, as this American cartoon shows.

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