Global Images Contest 2008-2009
Thar Desert (near Ajmer), Rajasthan
Nearly forty percent of all salt in India is produced by workers in the small-scale sector, like these women in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. This arid district, where the sun blazes down and temperatures can reach 120* F in summer, seems an unlikely place for salt production. Besides its current uses for eating and in industry, salt has played an important role in Indian history. In 1930, Gandhi launched his first mass nationalist protest against British colonial rule with the salt march, a direct defiance of laws regulating the use and consumption of salt in the country.
Carolyn Strobel ’09