Political map of South & Southwest Asia 27 April 1930 (Salt March): In late 1929 the Indian National Congress decided to push for the complete end of British rule (British Raj), declaring 26 January 1930 as India's Independence Day (Purna Swaraj). Under the leadership of Mohandas Gandhi, Congress's next move was to dispute the restrictive British salt tax, with Gandhi marching to the sea to make his own salt with seawater (Salt March) - an illegal action. As expected, the British arrested Gandhi, but his march encouraged large scale acts of civil disobedience across the country and brought worldwide attention to India's independence movement.