S. G. Palmer, Assistant Secretary to the Bengal Board of Customs, Salt and Opium, stated with puzzlement on 27 April 1834: The state of the salt market [in Bengal and Bihar] for some time past has been so difficult to understand… . The price in the mofussil [up-country], by the last returns, is hardly remunerating, although salt has sold at the public sales lower than it has sold for many years; yet how is this to be accounted for? … we see that … they [prices] are really rather lower than ordinary; a fact only to be accounted for by supposing that these markets are illicitly supplied. 1 Why was the government of the English East India Company (hereafter the Company) concerned with the price of salt and perplexed by the state of the market?.
|Title of host publication||Memory, Identity and the Colonial Encounter in India|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays in Honour of Peter Robb|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - 2017 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)