Misjudging the Salt March

Colin Ross is cited in a British newspaper as seeing Gandhi’s strategy for the Salt March failing.

This item by news agency Reuters may be evidence of Colin Ross’s status as a renowned travel writer. More prosaically, though, its publication owes more to the fact that Ross was one of only a few European journalists who had the opportunity to write an eyewitness report on the Salt March (coincidentally, in his case, as it happened during the last leg of his 1928-30 trip through Australasia and southern China). That his comments were favorable to the British surely didn’t hurt his exposure in British newspapers, such as the Leeds-based Yorkshire Post.

“Herr Ross”, as he is referred to, sees the British colonial authorities shrewdly avoiding the incarceration of Mahatma Gandhi so as not to make him into a martyr and spark an uprising. Gandhi was arrested days after this issue was published. While the Salt March led to few concessions from the British, it proved to be an important stepping stone towards Indian independence.

Joachim Schätz

Anonymous. A German View. Clever British Tactics Against Gandhi. The Yorkshire Post: 1930 May 1; 25831: 9.

Topic: Colonialism
Case: Oceania-Asia trip 1928-30


1 See: Peter Ackerman, Jack DuVall. India: Movement for Self-Rule. In: A Force More Powerful. A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. 1. Aufl. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan; 2000; 109.

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