Salt of the earth

Indian labourer Thangam carries a basket of salt as she works on a salt pan at Thoothukudi, some 16km south of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, where labourers earn an average of 290 rupees (S$6.30) per day.
PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Indian labourer Thangam carries a basket of salt as she works on a salt pan at Thoothukudi, some 16km south of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, where labourers earn an average of 290 rupees (S$6.30) per day.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2017, with the headline 'Salt of the earth'. Print Edition | Subscribe