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  •  Was he being arrested at the time? (none)
    Looks like he is walking down the road. Nice picture of him, BTW. Also, no one here to my knowledge stated that smiling was prohibited or wrong all the time. I don't really get why people here have to twist meanings. In that particular instance seeing a smile like that surprised me. I didn't say it was ugly, or that I don't like smiling, or that I don't smile, or that I don't think that anyone should ever smile. It was ONLY in response to ONE photograph of her being arrested. She can do whatever she wants however she wants to do it. But then, as someone in the media and the spotlight, we who see that then have the right to comment on what she does. As I stated above, "if" I ever see Bush and his neocons in handcuffs, I'll have a smile from ear to ear.

    "No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." Al Gore

    by Patriot for Al Gore on Wed Sep 28, 2005 at 11:16:07 AM PDT

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    •  Gandhi Was On His Way to Being Arrested (none)
      when this photograph was taken.

      Here is an account:

      The March

      In an effort to amend the salt tax without breaking the law, on March 2, 1930 Gandhi wrote to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin:

           If my letter makes no appeal to your heart, on the eleventh day of this month I shall proceed with such co-workers of the Ashram as I can take, to disregard the provisions of the Salt Laws.  I regard this tax to be the most iniquitous of all from the poor man's standpoint.  As the Independence movement is essentially for the poorest in the land, the beginning will be made with this evil.

      On March 12, 1930, Gandhi and approximately 78 male satyagrahis set out, on foot, for the coastal village of Dandi some 240 miles from their starting point in Sabarmati, a journey which was to last 23 days (Jack 237).  Virtually every resident of each city along this journey watched the great procession, which was at least two miles in length (Jack 237).  On April 6th he picked up a lump of mud and salt (some say just a pinch, some say just a grain) and boiled it in seawater to make the commodity which no Indian could legally produce--salt (Jack 240).

      Upon arriving at the seashore he spoke to a reporter: God be thanked for what may be termed the happy ending of the first stage in this, for me at least, the final struggle of freedom.  I cannot withhold my compliments from the government for the policy of complete non interference adopted by them throughout the march .... I wish I could believe this non-interference was due to any real change of heart or policy.  The wanton disregard shown by them to popular feeling in the Legislative Assembly and their high-handed action leave no room for doubt that the policy of heartless exploitation of India is to be persisted in at any cost, and so the only interpretation I can put upon this non-interference is that the British Government, powerful though it is, is sensitive to world opinion which will not tolerate repression of extreme political agitation which civil disobedience undoubtedly is, so long as disobedience remains civil and therefore necessarily non-violent .... It remains to be seen whether the Government will tolerate as they have tolerated the march, the actual breach of the salt laws by countless people from tomorrow.  I expect extensive popular response to the resolution of the Working Committee (of the Indian National Congress). (qtd in Jack 238-239)

      He implored his thousands of followers to begin to make salt wherever, along the seashore, "was most convenient and comfortable" to them.  A "war" on the salt tax was to be continued during the National Week, that is, up to the thirteenth of April.  There was also simultaneous boycotts of cloth and khaddar.  Salt was sold, illegally, all over the seacoast of India.  A pinch of salt from Gandhi himself sold for 1,600 rupees, perhaps $750 dollars at the time.  In reaction to this, the British government had incarcerated over sixty thousand people at the end of the month (Jack 240-3; all of last paragraph).

      On the night of May, 4 Gandhi was sleeping in a cot under a mango tree, at a village near Dandi.  Several ashramites slept near him.  Soon after midnight the District Magistrate of Surat drove up with two Indian officers and thirty heavily-armed constables.  He woke Gandhi by shining a torch in his face, and arrested him under a regulation of 1827.

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