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March 12th 1930: Salt March begins

On this day in 1930, the Salt March began in India as an act of protest against British colonial rule. The march was led by Indian activist Mohandas Gandhi, and saw thousands of protestors walk 240 miles from Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea coast. It was one of the first major acts of civil disobedience in the movement for Indian independence from oppressive colonial rule. They were protesting the British monopoly on salt production and distribution that unfairly taxed Indian producers and consumers. When Gandhi initially embarked upon his march on March 12th he was accompanied by under one hundred followers. However as the march progressed it galvanised the local populations and thousands joined their cause. They reached the sea on April 5th, where the protestors defied the law by ‘producing’ salt when they picked up handfuls of salt on the shore. This exemplified the non-violent civil disobedience which characterised the Indian independence movement, as it was spearheaded by Gandhi. The salt protests resulted in the arrests of around 60,000 protestors across India - included Gandhi himself - which only spurred others to join the movement. On May 21st, the poet Sarojini Naidu led a march on a salt works which was broken up by police who brutally attacked the peaceful demonstrators. This violence was broadcast around the world, and drew international attention to the mistreatment of Indians under British rule. The salt marches led to Gandhi being included at a London conference on Indian policy, demonstrating that the British authorities had realised they could not ignore the independence movement. Indian independence was finally achieved in August 1947, after a long and hard fought battle for Indian freedom. Sadly, the leader of the salt marches - Gandhi - was assassinated in January 1948, only living to see a few months of his country’s long-awaited independence.

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January 30th 1948: Gandhi assassinated

On this day in 1948, Indian pacifist and leader of the independence movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. Gandhi was famous for his non-violent struggle for Indian independence from British colonial rule, disavowing violence and instead advocating mass civil disobedience to secure India’s independence. For instance, in 1930 he led the Salt March, which saw thousands of protestors defy the British monopoly on salt production by marching to the coastline and producing their own salt. Gandhi’s goal was achieved a year before his death, with Indian independence secured in August 1947. However, in January 1948, he was shot at point-blank range while walking to a platform to address a prayer meeting. The assasin was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist who believed that Gandhi was sympathetic to Muslims and responsible for weakening India by insisting on payment to Pakistan. Gandhi was mourned across India and throughout the world, with thousands flocking to his funeral. He remains a revered figure today, honoured in India as ‘Father of the Nation’ and respectfully referred to as ‘Mahatma’ (’Great Soul’) and ‘Bapu’ (’father’).

Sherman's Dad
Giselle T (vikingsarebetter)
Sherman's Dad

A few days ago, I saw this ask sent to cartoonheroinenamednikki and I immediately knew I had to write a full rewrite of “Stacy’s Mom” about Mr. Peabody. Instrumental track from here. (note: please ignore my voice. i sound awful today, but I wanted to get this done.)

Lyrics:

Sherman’s dad is really really rad x4

Sherman can we hang out on Saturday (Saturday)
Go to a time that’s far away (that’s far away)
Did you dad get back from the convention? (convention)
Is here here? Or is he working on an invention (invention)

I cannot wait to go soaring in a flying machine
Or dive down deep in a Cold War Submarine

Sherman’s dad is really really rad
In thick glasses and a red bowtie he’s clad
Peabody and me, traveling through history
I know it might sound mad
But I wanna hang with Sherman’s dad

Sherman’s dad is really really rad x2

Sherman do you recall when we met Da Vinci (Da Vinci)
And we went on the Salt March with Ghandi (with Ghandi)
Helping Agamemnon win the Trojan War (the Trojan War)
This is like nothing I have ever done before (ever done before)

And we’ll run from the villains and we’ll save the day
And I know I’m safe, as long as I don’t start to stray

Sherman’s dad is really really rad
In thick glasses and a red bowtie he’s clad
Peabody and me, traveling through history
I know it might sound mad
But I wanna hang with Sherman’s dad

Books and Cupcakes | March Book Photo Challenge

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My books from my February Book Haul.