Salt of the SarkarA New Image of the First World War
What We Do
Through the novel Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004),
join us in exploring the story of a million soldiers from Undivided India
– who fought in World War One –
In 2020, Salt of the Sarkar is marking the 80th anniversary of the publication.
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are even more committed to
our work on the ebook of the novel and the new print edition. We will also be producing specially commissioned blog posts, a new short film, webinars, and a pilot online course.
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Across the Black Waters
Salt of the Sarkar
Powerful Fiction – Historical Facts and Photos
The Meaning of “Salt of the Sarkar”
“Salt of the Sarkar” is a term used by the Indian soldiers in their letters home, and in the classic World War One novel Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand (1940). “Sarkar” means the ruling authority. “Eating the salt” refers to the oath that binds one to a political superior through obligations of protection and loyalty.
A key strand of our work is to broaden young people’s knowledge of the First World War and the contribution of Undivided Indian soldiers – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and others. Mulk Raj Anand’s novel and writing is also celebrated as a foundation stone of modern and post colonial writing.
The Salt of the Sarkar Blog
Salt of the Sarkar brings Hidden History to LifeThis post was written by Dominic Rai. Dominic is co-director, with Caroline Goffin, of Salt of the Sarkar. Salt of the Sarkar brings Hidden History to life with: A Pop-up Exhibition, Public events and Mulk Raj Anand’s...
Salt of the Sarkar at Insole Court This post was written by Caroline Goffin and Dominic Rai, of Salt of the Sarkar.
CARDIFF: CREATIVE COLLABORATION This post was written by Caroline Goffin. Caroline is co-director, with Dominic Rai, of Salt of the Sarkar. TITLE: Salt of the Sarkar: Indian Army on the Western Front 1914 - Fact, Fiction & Ffotograffaeth Introducing a new image of...