La Marche Vers la Liberté – Marching to Freedom French

Like Gandhiji, they were all fighting for India’s freedom. That morning, as Dhani fed Binni with fresh grass and changed the water in her bowl, he said, “Something’s They all sit and talk in Gandhiji’s room. They are planning something. I know it!”

Gandhiji and some of the men from the ashram were going to walk through Gujarat to reach the sea at a place called Dandi. They would walk through villages and towns for a whole month. Once they reached Dandi, they would make salt. and this will be known as the Salt March led by Mahatma Gandhi In March 1930.

La Marche vers la Liberté – Marching to Freedom French is a creative non-fiction picture book written around Gandhi’s famous march to freedom.

This is a Level  4 French Book brought to us by Pratham’s Storyweaver licensed under creative commons. Level 4 books are perfect for children who can read fluently and with confidence.

Written by Subhadra Sen Gupta, Illustratrated by Tapas Guha, Translated by Sak Untala


Text and Images from La Marche vers la Liberté – Marching to Freedom in French

Dhani savait que quelque chose se préparait dans l’ashram, mais personne ne lui avait rien dit. « Tout ça parce que j’ai neuf ans, se dit-il, l’air renfrogné. Je suis sûr qu’ils pensent que je suis stupide. Mais pas du tout ! »

Dhani et ses parents habitaient dans un endroit très particulier, l’ashram Sabarmati du Mahatma Gandhi, situé
près d’Ahmedabad, où des gens originaires de toute l’Inde venaient séjourner. Comme Gandhi, ils combattaient tous pour la liberté de l’Inde. Pendant leur séjour, ils passaient leur temps à tisser d u khādī, chanter des chants religieux et assister aux conférences de Gandhi.

Ce matin-là, tandis que Dhani donnait de l’herbe fraîchement coupée à Binni et changeait son eau, il lui dit : «
Il se passe quelque chose, Binni. Ils sont tous rassemblés dans la salle de Gandhi. Ils préparent quelque chose, c’est
sûr. » Binni mangea son herbe et hocha la tête comme si elle avait compris.

Dhani avait faim. Il se dirigea vers la cuisine, Binni sur les talons. Sa mère ventilait le foyer de cuisson. La fumée emplit bientôt la pièce. — Maman, est-ce que Gandhi a prévu de se rendre quelque part ? demanda Dhani.
— Ils vont entamer une marche, répondit sa mère en toussant. — Une marche ? Où vont-ils ? — Au bord de l’océan. Maintenant, cesse de poser des questions et va-t-en, Dhani ! Laisse-moi finir de préparer le repas.
Dhani alla traîner vers le jardin potager où le vieux Binda récoltait des pommes de terres.

— Je vais répondre à toutes tes questions, Dhani, dit-il, mais d’abord, veux-tu bien attacher cette chèvre embêtante ? Elle est en train de dévorer mes épinards ! Dhani alla attacher Binni à un citronnier. Binda lui parla alors de la marche. Gandhi et certains hommes de l’ashram avaient prévu de traverser tout l’État du Gujarat pour rejoindre Dandi, au bord de l’océan indien. Leur périple à travers villes et campagnes allait durer un mois. Lorsqu’ils seraient à Dandi, ils récolteraient du sel.

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See also the English version of Marching to Freedom:

Marching to Freedom English Version

Fun facts of History (From Marching to Freedom)

1. In March 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led the march to Dandi to protest against the tax on salt imposed by the
British. Gandhi and his followers walked through Gujarat for 24 days. All along the way, they were welcomed with flowers and songs. Newspapers across the world carried reports about the march.
2. At Dandi, Gandhi and his followers collected salt from the seashore and were arrested. The arrest sparked off the Non-cooperation Movement, and people all over India boycotted schools, colleges and offices.
3. There were 78 volunteers who accompanied Gandhi on the march. They covered a distance of 385 kilometres.
4. The march began on 12 March and ended on 5 April 1930. The youngest marcher was 16 years old.
5. The year 2005 marks the 75th anniversary of the Dandi March.

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