New Delhi: Technology has made the impossible possible. Google is giving the netizens an opportunity to relive the Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Dandi March by digitally recreating the journey which so far was read only in textbooks.
Google has added the Dandi March story to its Google Earth Voyager along with map data, storytelling and archival photographs. The company claims that many of these have never been released before.
Dandi March was a 24-day journey started by Mahatma Gandhi on March 12, 1930. It was a move to protest the undue tax on salt imposed by the Britishers. The march added huge momentum to India’s independence movement. The March which initially started with Gandhi and his 78 followers was later joined by many more along the stretch of 400km.
Users can now experience the emotion felt on that long trek towards independence, Google said in a statement. “The Voyager story takes you through a journey retracing the steps of Gandhis Salt March from Sabarmati to Dandi in his campaign for Indias freedom,” it added.
The story has been penned in the words of Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi, based on his family knowledge and his own retracing of the march in 2005.
Google has created a montage of 22 slides covering each key stage of the journey to specific locations along the way, recounting what happened at that location along with a photograph taken at the time. From their first stop at the Gujarat Vidhyapeeth University, it tells you about the thatched hut built by the townspeople of Vasana, and the incident of a boat owner who ferried almost 400 volunteers and villagers across the Narmada river free of charge.
As you click through the story, the map dynamically shifts and ‘flies’ to each location, where at any time user can zoom in, and pan around the scene.