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Bleak future for traditional salt

By Anosh Malekar

In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi turned salt into a powerful symbol of freedom for Indians. In Independent India, the traditional salt pan workers of Gujarat say they are living like slaves, thanks to the government’s negligence and privatisation policies

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Salt of the earth

By Anosh Malekar

Little has changed for the debt-ridden Agariyas since 1872, when salt production began in the Little Rann of Kutch. They labour in the harsh sun and briny waters with no protective gear, earning 12-15 paise for each kg of salt produced

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Inside India's Survey No Zero

By Anosh Malekar

Generations of Agariyas have made a living making salt in the barren wastes of the Little Rann of Kutch. In 2007, they were asked to make way for a wild ass sanctuary in the area. The Agariyas are staking their claim to this land which has never been surveyed, pointing to an edict from Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb which grants them rights to this land

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