Google is celebrating India's 69th Independence Day by decorating its web search home page with a Doodle artwork depicting the historic Dandi March, popularly known as Namak Andolan. Hovering over the artwork, viewers see a message that reads: "Remembering the Dandi March on India's 69th Independence Day."
The Doodle featured on Google's home page shows Mahatma Gandhi clad in khadi white clothes, leading the Dandi March along with some of his followers, including both men and women, in traditional dresses. The women in the artwork are seen wearing sarees and the men are clad in kurtas and caps.
Mahatma Gandhi began the Dandi March on 12 March 1930. It marks one of the most significant historic events contributing towards the freedom of India from the British rule. The 240-mile protest march was to resist the British government's decision to impose taxes on salt. The non-violent protest march to coastal village Dandi was started from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmadabad.
The protest, which paved way for the Civil Disobedience Movement, invoked nationwide support as thousands of people joined in, including 78 members of Congress.
The Independence Doodle on Google's home page was created by Leon Hong, according to TIME. Last year, Google had marked the occasion by posting independent India's first stamp issued on 21 November 1947, with Indian flag and slogan "Jai Hind" written on top right corner.