Icons of free­dom

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An­i­mal fat, salt, mi­nor for­est pro­duce, indigo and khadi are icons evoked by ref­er­ence to the free­dom move­ment. How do they fare to­day?

Salt work­ers

Salt-mak­ing in In­dia was con­trolled by the Bri­tish for many years, be­fore 1929, when it be­came an agenda in the free­dom move­ment. But 67 years after In­de­pen­dence, salt mak­ers in ru­ral In­dia still face an un­cer­tain fu­ture

Khadi weavers

The cloth has come a long way since the free­dom move­ment and is now pro­moted by de­sign­ers and celebri­ties. But has In­de­pen­dence brought lib­erty to Khadi weavers?

Indigo plan­ta­tions

Indigo farm­ing, which trig­gered a revo­lu­tion dur­ing the strug­gle, has van­ished from In­dia. But the icon is slowly re­viv­ing in rest of the world

Mi­nor for­est pro­duce

Mi­nor for­est prod­ucts like tendu and bam­boo aided In­dia’s strug­gle. But it is un­for­tu­nate that their pro­duc­ers, ma­jorly tribal res­i­dents, are strug­gling for their rights over forests

An­i­mal fat

In 1853, a ri­fle that had to be loaded with an­i­mal fat car­tridges was made manda­tory for sol­diers in Meerut. Since then, many prod­ucts with an­i­mal fat have be­come a part of life

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