Gandhi’s Idea of Khadi and Its Implications
Department of History
Raiganj,Uttar Dinajpur,West Bengal
Abstract::Khadi’ means any cloth woven on handloom from cotton, silk or woolen hand spun yarn or from combination of any two or all of such yarn. British rule in India gave birth to Khadi at the hands of Gandhiji. Khadi was Gandhi’s main weapon in colonial India during the anti-British movement. Gandhiji wanted to make social and economic changes in the country depending on Khadi. He wanted to increase large employment through Khadi to eradicate poverty in our country. Gandhiji wanted to make the villages economically self-sufficient. He stopped using foreign cloth. He wanted to eliminate caste system in our society by believing only in Khadi. He believed that it was possible to bring unity between Hindu and Muslims through Khadi. Gandhiji considered Khadi to be a living dream for women at all walks of life in our country. Gandhiji considered Khadi to be pollution free and eco-friendly. Gandhiji felt that Khadi must have and will continue to play an important role in increasing the wealth of our country.
Key Words:Cloth, Industries, Khadi, Spinning, Swadeshi, Untouchability, Unemployment