Salt of the Sarkar

A New Image of the First World War for 2018

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 –

Our Story

Read the story of our journey in the development of the Salt of the Sarkar project.

Across the Black Waters

Mulk Raj Anand, the son of a soldier, is the author of ‘Across the Black Waters’, one of the most powerful and perceptive war novels ever written. – Alastair Niven, Man Booker Prize Judge 1994 and 2014
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Salt of the Sarkar

A new phase in 2018 – powerful Fiction – historical Facts – Exhibition of  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.

Get in touch using our contact page to book a workshop for your class or community group.

Our Story In Photos

As we look forward to the Illustrated edition of Across the Black Waters we showcase a few photos reflecting our progress over the years discovering and sharing the story of over a million Indian soldiers who fought in World War One.

Buy The Book

Across The Black Waters
WW1 Centenary Edition 2014

The Salt of the Sarkar Blog

The Amazing Journey of Salt of the Sarkar

  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 ago. I...

Shalimar Books – our publishers

  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,...

Salt of the Sarkar Video Series: Part Three

Salt of the Sarkar Video Series: Part Three Interview at House of Commons 2014 This post was written by Dominic Rai. Dominic is co-director, with Caroline Goffin, of Salt of the Sarkar. This is part of a video series highlighting the work of Salt of the Sarkar since...

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