xii, 249p., Abb., Tables, App., Gloss., Bib., 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- Origin and development of salt policy; Process of salt manufacture; (a) Panga salt manufacture; (b) karkatch salt manufacture; (c) Illicit salt manufacture; Life and condition of salt manufacturers; Salt administration: A complex anomaly; Salt revenue: exaction and oppressions; The curse of the salt tax; Salt movement; Concluding observations.
Salt, as an essential article of daily consumption has been in economics, social life and politics through the ages. This has been a source of revenue since ancient times and changed the course of history. British rule of India turned it to be a source of considerable revenue by establishing a monopoly both on its production and sale. The exploitative British salt policies had earned from the taxation and administration of salt. The gathering discontent developing as a movement against the British salt policies formed full experession in the salt Satyagraha of 1930. Salt Industry in India presents distinctive features along with the common aspects of the subject for the Indian subcontinent. This is a book, which brings a picture of the life of the common men vis-a-vis, the colonia nature of British administration and economic exploitation in India. The collection of the source materials, though challenging in nature was often of exciting pleasure.