Our Plans

Facts, Fiction and Photographs

Salt of the Sarkar Plans 

As we mark the 80th anniversary of the publication of Across the Black Waters, and in the 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.

Introducing A New Image of the First World War

From the perspective of 1940 and the 80th anniversary of the publication of Across the Black Waters

During the coming months and years we plan to explore many strands raised by this important novel as we focus on the Fiction – Historical Facts – Images.


  • Exploring the themes raised by Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004), and the WW1 history of the Undivided Indian Army, when Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others fought side by side. There is much to be found that is relevant to encouraging respect, reconciliation and peace in our communities through the experiences of Empire soldiers over one hundred years ago told by an author who spent his long life promoting peace.
  • Producing specially commissioned blog posts
  • Launching a new short film
  • Presenting a new series of webinars
  • Launching a pilot online course

Working Together Today and in the Future

Here is a short film with John Mead and Dominic Rai about the Mirrorpix photography archive which contains a special collection of images that illustrate the first chapters of Across the Black Waters

The Beginning

The Salt of the Sarkar project launched at the House of Commons in October 2014 with the publication of the World War One Centenary edition of the novel Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand,  now sold out of the initial printing available from Shalimar Books

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Find out more about the work of Salt of the Sarkar and the 80th anniversary of the publication of  the first Edition of  Mulk Raj Anand's renowned novel Across the Black Waters