This Pathé newsreel captures the excitement of Indian crowds as they throng to see Gandhi - "stormy petrel of Indian politics," as the opening title card intemperately puts it - and attend a prayer meeting. The occasion was the final day of his epic 240-mile march to the coast to protest the government’s salt tax laws. The global depression of the 1930s ravaged India's rural economy, and Gandhi's simple but meticulously planned march sought to highlight the oppressive nature of British rule.
Colonial authorities dismissed the march as a stunt and refused to intervene, but international media interest and newsreels such as this transformed the month-long protest into a global event, helping to win international sympathy for Gandhi's cause. This coverage greatly influenced the decision made by editors of Time Magazine to name 'Saint Gandhi' their Person of the Year 1930.