During the historical Dandi March in March 1930, Gandhiji delivered an introspective speech at Bhatgam (Dt. Surat), confessing the lapses to which some of the pilgrims of the March had fallen. In the course of the speech Gandhiji made a touching reference to a labourer who was made to carry a Kitson burner for the night marches :
"We may not consider anybody as low. I observed that you had provided for the night
journey a heavy Kitson burner mounted on a stool which the poor labourer carried
on his head. This was a humiliating sight. This man was being goaded to walk
fast. I could not bear the sight. I, therefore, put on speed and outraced the
whole company. But it was no use. The man was made to run after me. The
humiliation was complete. If the weight had to be carried, I should have loved
to see someone among ourselves carrying it. We would then soon dispense both
with the stool and the burner. No labourer would carry such a load on his head.
We rightly object to begar (forced labour). But what was this if it was
not begar ? If then we do not quickly mend our ways, there is no Swaraj
such as you and I have put before the people.