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In pictures: Gandhi Salt March
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi is cleaned at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, where the walk starts from
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On this day in 1930, Mahatma Gandhi set off on a march from Ahmedabad in Gujarat state to the coastal village of Dandi.
Salt March re-enactment
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He was protesting at the British rulers' monopoly on salt production. It led to a campaign of civil disobedience.
Gandhi look-alike BA Rao, 83, takes part in the march
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His historic march is being re-enacted 75 years later by hundreds of followers, led by his great-grandson Tushar.
Ceremony to launch the march, from left to right, Indian Sports Minister Sunil Dutt, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and Tushar Gandhi
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This time many of India's rulers are taking part, including the president of India's governing Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi prays at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram
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But Tushar Gandhi says their message is essentially the same - to promote religious tolerance, brotherhood and peace.
US citizen Joyce Barnett (left) and Australian Alison Worrel at Sabarmati Ashram
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He says it is a global message, and the event has attracted people who are keen to take part from around the world.
Salt March re-enactment
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The followers aim to walk 380km (240 miles) in 24 days - just like Mahatma Gandhi.

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