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