""Ever since the commencement of our present struggle, we have been feeling
#poverty khadi charkha boycott cloth
the necessity of boycotting foreign cloth. I venture to suggest that, when khaddar
comes universally in use, the boycott of foreign cloth will automatically follow.
Speaking for myself, charkha and khaddar have a special religious significance to
me because they are a symbol of kinship between the members of both the
communities and the hunger- and disease- stricken poor. It is by virtue of the fact
that our movement can today be described as moral and economic as well as
political” (Gandhi, 1922)"
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"There is an art that kills and an art that gives life. The fine fabric that we import from the west or the Far East has literally killed millions of our brothers and sisters, and delivered thousands of our dear sisters to a life of shame. True art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and purity of its authors. And if you will have such art revived in our midst, the use of khadi is obligatory on the best of you at the present moment"
"Charkha is the symbol of the nation’s prosperity and therefore freedom. It is a symbol not of commercial war but of commercial peace. It bears not a message of ill-will towards the nations of the earth but of goodwill and self-help. It will not need the protection of a navy threatening a world’s peace and exploiting its resources, but it needs the religious determination of millions to spin their yarn in their own homes as today they cook their food in their own homes. I may deserve the curse of posterity for many mistakes of omission and commission, but I am confident of earning its blessings for suggesting a revival of the Charkha. I stake my all on it. For every revolution of the wheel spins peace, goodwill and love. And with all that, inasmuch as the loss of it brought about India’s slavery, its voluntary revival with all its implications must mean India’s freedom."
Mohandas K. Gandhi
"Indeed, I believe that Independent India can only discharge her duty towards a groaning world by adopting a simple but ennobled life by developing her thousands of cottage industries and living at peace with the world"
"Alternative to Industrialism". Harijan, 1 Sept. 1946
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