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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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
Across the Black Waters - a must read for schools This post was written by John Perkins Head of History at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, Hayes, West London. He delivers the Edexcel course 'India the Road to Independence'. As part of the course he uses the novel,...
The Amazing Journey of Salt of the Sarkar This post was written by Caroline Goffin. "There is much to be found that is relevant to encouraging respect, reconciliation and peace in our communities through the experiences of Empire soldiers one hundred years...
Shalimar Books - our publishers This post was written by Chetan Kumria of Shalimar Books, publishers and distributors of Across the Black Waters, with an introduction by Caroline Goffin. Introduction We are excited to share with you the story of our partners,...