And we know the terrible number of people that died in famines during the Raj.

salt starvation

Abstract

Although much attention has been focused on the Salt Tax in 20th century British India, it is in the earlier period of British rule, especially in Bengal presidency that the tax was much higher and the consequences far greater. This essay seeks to investigate the level of salt taxation between 1765 and 1878 and its effect on the retail price of salt relative to wages. It also explores the physiological necessity for salt and the peculiar nature of salt hunger, and the particular consequences of a high Salt Tax in times of famine.
Advertisements