Namak (salt) is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. It has fascinated man for thousands of years not only as a substance he prized and was willing to labour to obtain but also as a generator of poetic and mythic meaning. The contradictions it embodies only intensify its power and its links with the experience of the sacred.
Salt is the policeman of taste: it keeps the various flavours of a dish in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker.
All through history, the availability of salt (Namak) has been pivotal to civilization history. In India, on March 12, 1930, Gandhi and eighty of his followers marched over 200 miles in 24 days to the city of Dandi. Along the way, he stopped in villages and spoke out against the salt tax. By the time they reached Dandi on April 5, more than fifty-thousand people had gathered. On that day, the eyes of India, the British government, and the whole world were on Gandhi. The next morning, with the world watching him, he reached down and scooped up a handful of salt from the shore. Later hundreds of thousands of people followed his example and ended up being arrested. Through this march to Dandi and the scooping of salt, everyone realized that the real reason for these protests was to produce disciplined civil disobedience. One thing Gandhi said described this situation: “Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.” It didn't matter if they won or not because what mattered is that they tried, and fought against the salt taxes in the Salt March.