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10 September 2020

Salt, Protest and Public Health in Modern India

Online seminar series, Autumn term 2020

(fortnightly, Fridays, 10.00-11.30am UK; 3.30pm Delhi, via Zoom)

Convenors: Tanuja Kothiyal (Ambedkar University, Delhi, India) & Miles Taylor (University of York, UK)

This series uses the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March (Dandi Satyagraha) to present new research and findings on various aspects of salt in the history of modern India, both in the colonial period and since independence.


30th October:

1. Tanuja Kothiyal & Miles Taylor, Introductory

2. Nico Slate (Carnegie Mellon), From ‘saltless diet’ to Salt March: the irony of Gandhi’s bodily politics (no presentation, discussion only of pre-circulated paper)

6th November:

1.Tanuja Kothiyal, Salt routes in colonial India: from trade to smuggling

2. Miles Taylor, The salt tax, starvation and disease in colonial India, c. 1860-1930

13th November: no seminar (Diwali)

20th November:

1. Indrajit Ray (Darjeeling University), Scarcity amidst abundance: the salt controversy in colonial Bengal

2. Kate Boehme (University of Leicester), Salt, smuggling, and citizenship: redefining economic autonomy through salt in India’s princely states, 1870-1920

27th November:

1. Rosalind Parr (St Andrews), Self-sacrifice, suffrage and salt. Being a Gandhian woman, 1930-4

2. Elisa Decourcy (Australian National University), Salt and national imag(in)ing in Gandhi’s anti-colonial nationalist movement

4th December (please note the later start time for this seminar: 12pm/5:30pm)

1. Rachel Berger (Concordia), Regulation as performance: setting the salt march against the regulation of food in late nationalist India

2. Ashwin Zala (Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon), The global impact of the Dandi Salt March

11th December:

1. Ashok Malhotra (Queen’s University Belfast), British imperial goitre studies and the lack of public health interventions involving the mass distribution of iodized salt to Indians, 1906-1941

2. Namrata Ganneri (SNDT College of Arts and SCB College of Commerce and Science for Women, Mumbai), Amrit Kaur: from Dandi Satyagraha to the Ministry of Health

18th December:

1. Kapil Yadav & Chandrakant Pandav (AIIMS, Delhi), From iodine to iron: Ramalingaswami and the importance of salt to public health since the 1950s

2. David Arnold (University of Warwick), Afterword

If you would like to attend any or all of these seminars please contact either Miles Taylor: or Tanuja Kothiyal:

Contact Info:
Professor Miles Taylor, Dept. History, University of York, UK.

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