THE PRICE OF SALT

NIMISHA MENON Empty cartridges lay strewn across the bloodied garden. 1650 bullets were spent on 1516 unarmed civilians. It didn’t take long for the wailing to be replaced with cold rage. You see, the spring of 1919 didn’t bloom flowers in Jallianwala Baug (a garden in Amritsar, Punjab), but spawned corpses instead. The massacre by General Dyer stirred the soul of even the cold-hearted. After nearly a century of colonial rule, Britain’s famed jewel had begun to lose her lustre, after all. Its once celebrated glory was now quivering close to tyranny. Marred with civil unrest, poverty and growing bouts of violence, the atlas of the Indian empire lay inked in sanguine. How could peace possibly

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