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CHARKHA, KHADI AND GANDHIJI

  • Khadi and charkha are inseparable. As we know, spinning of the thread on charkha precedes the weaving of khadi. The charkha became a weapon towards achieving independence during non-cooperation movement. Gandhiji said, “In my dream, in my sleep, while eating, I think of spinning wheel. The spinning wheel is my sword. To me it is the symbol of India’s liberty.”
  • The great saint-visionary Gandhiji had said “I would make the spinning-wheel the foundation on which to build a sound village life. I would make the wheel the centre round which all other activities will revolve.” That Charkha was not merely a spinning-wheel for making threads had been made amply clear by Gandhiji, “Take to spinning (to find peace of mind). The music of the wheel will be as balm to your soul. I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. The charkha is the symbol of non-violence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based.” He had also visualised that while charkha was a means of income to the poor, howsoever paltry it might be, it undoubtedly had much greater significance.
  • He said, “ The Charkha in the hands of a poor widow brings a paltry price to her, in the hands of Jawaharlal, it is an instrument of India’s freedom.”

Why did gandhiji start the charkha movement


The Khadi movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting Indian goods, thereby improving India's economy.
Mahatma Gandhi began promoting the spinning of khādī for rural self-employment Read more...